Purchased a 2001 Beneteau
361 back in June. One thing I noticed was a significant lag when going from forward to reverse. When the boat
was hauled out for the winter, found out why. The blades of the Autoprop H5 did not rotate freely.
Neither did the rudder
(different post) so while the rudder
was off, pulled the prop. Was able to use a Harmonic Balancer Steering Wheel Puller Kit
, not the one with the claws. Found bolts that matched the thread pattern of the end cap bolts just longer. MAKE SURE you use bolts that are long enough to almost bottom out. If not you risk snapping one or more bolts in the shaft end which would be really bad.
Here's a video on the removal
Once removed the disassembly fun begins. Despite other threads indicating the removal
of the 3 caps (one per blade) being easy, mine was not. Not at all.
First the moving blades make torquing the caps difficult. So, the prop has to be placed on a bench corner, then clamps applied to hold each blade. Only works on the corner of a bench which will be obvious when trying to do this.
To remove the cap there are four spots to insert a pin to rotate the cap. Bruntons sells an expensive tool to do this, which is essentially a pin spanner similar to what comes with an angle grinder. Picked up one at Harbor Freight and used a pipe for leverage. Unfortunately, there was no way to get this to work
. The caps would not budge.
Purchased a 36" piece of bar stock at HomeDepot and four #10 1/2" stainless bolts with washers and nuts. Measured the hole pattern on the caps and carefully transferred to the end of the bar stock. Drilled out the 4 holes (3/16") and installed the four bolts, using washers and the nuts to ensure just the right amount bolt end being exposed to bite on the cap but not bottom out.
Here are the two videos showing the prop service