Date: 10 March 2016. Spare Prop has
process of changing engines it was necessary to replace the old
propeller. My original was fine and dandy for a big gasoline engine.
For the smaller diesel it was not. I ended up buying another
leaving me with a perfectly good albeit wrong-for-me prop. I needed
a place to stow the old one until I find a new owner. It has Swap
Details about that can be
found in the
Prop Problems (lesson learned)
article. On our
old boat we kept a spare propeller in the bilge along with an
extra shaft. Daddy believed in redundancy.
No I would not go out and
shop for a propeller immediately if you have a perfectly good
one on your boat. On the other hand I do have the size of mine
written down in my
wallet so IF I run across one *for a song...
*for a song: inexpensive
It cannot look like this one, advertised as in good
So in the meantime I have
simply put the old 16x16LH prop in my bilge. It was not secured and
that worried me. In a seaway with the boat rocking having a loose
heavy object is unadulterated stupidity. I knew a solution needed to be found.
propeller resided under the water pump for a time before moving to
the locker under my bunk.
The real cause of the desire to move the propeller was knowing I'll soon be underway. It's
amazing how many little projects jump up and need finishing just
before leaving. The prop belonged in the bilge. I wanted it secured
against the bulkhead.
meantime a few tools came out...
I seriously wonder how those folks who write the books (Calder,
Casey, et al) can manage to have such neat work sites. Seaweed
inevitably looks like a bomb went off, scattering parts, tools and
want proof? Okay, here goes. The following was taken showing more of my poor
All of this started because my water pump needed to be moved. I
made room for two batteries in that bilge for a start bank. No, I do
not "need" two batteries to start a single 18hp Kubota diesel.
It is just
that I had two Group 29 batts. One is quite old and I expect it to
fail at some point. In the meantime it will add to my battery
amperage total and that is a good thing.
Side Note: I had originally
intended to use the oldest Group 29 battery in Algae as a power
source for my trolling motor. Then I started thinking...
There are boat bums in the
world. We all know that.
What I feared was that
someone might spot a full-sized battery in my dink and
misappropriate it. A smaller battery will take Algae to and
from shore and be less tempting to the nefarious. And a little
battery fits under my seat. Less obtrusive is better.
Using a smaller battery
means I must recharge it frequently. I have solved that issue.
An upcoming article will tell you how to do it on a budget.
Price: less than $5.
The prop storage project involved installing a couple of tie down eyes on the
forward bulkhead of my bilge. Then the propeller was tied to the
bulkhead. It is secure, out of the way and easily accessible. All is
just about perfect in my Seaweed.
A piece of
BRAIDED LINE secures the prop to the bulkhead.
The BLOWER sucks hot air
from the bilge. I use a PLASTIC DOWNSPOUT
to feed the air out.
Side note on the DOWNSPOUT: In the
marine stores you can find a flexible white vent hose. It has metal
to hold it open. That metal rusts and the thin plastic tears. I
opted for a standard plastic house downspout gizmo. It bends and thus far
(five years) no issues.
are a part of my Stash. I used them to secure the microwave too.
They are quite handy and having a half dozen in your ship stores
would not be inappropriate. I always try to have a few on hand. Find
stainless ones at Home Depot or other box stores. I pay $2 or $3 per
downs are in my view junk. I do not use them on Seaweed. This is
something I intend to buy just one time. Thus I opt for the higher
quality product in stainless steel.
STAINLESS TIE DOWN is
one component securing microwave to the shelf in my galley.
Well, I have wandered around
some in today's post. The things to take from this piece are
loose items in your bilge.
You do not want them flying around and damaging something nearby.
Tie downs aka
pad eyes are
useful for a variety of projects.
Having some aboard is a Good
When in the
midst of a project some chaos is expected.
It is always good to have everything put away afterwards.
my old propeller should I ever damage this one I have something that
is minimally "good enough" to get by with until I replace it. Or, I
might be fortunate and find someone that requires a larger prop and
is willing to trade for a 14x10. That is the size I would like.
trades are Even/Steven.
swapped stainless hinges for LEDs and sockets. Thanks to Guanahani I
have low power using lights throughout Seaweed. We both won and that
indeed is the secret for any successful trade. Both parties have to
have a 16x16LH prop (1.25" tapered shaft) and at some point I
hopefully have something I want more. In the meantime it is stored securely in
That is it
from the south today. Getting these little projects out of the way
is a good thing. This one was essentially free as all pieces and
parts were aboard. That is always a good thing.
meantime I'm back to re-reading an old favorite.
Swiss Family Robinson is
free and available on Amazon for your Kindle. Enjoy!
Do you have a spare propeller for your boat?
And, how did you come by it? (On purpose, or did you replace yours and
save the old one?)
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the weakness of man, had bestowed on him reason, invention, and skill
in workmanship. Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss.