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07-07-2010, 11:37 PM
So I've been out of town with my son at a National TKD Tournament and the weather here in WI has been stinking hot. My wife heads out with her sister and my other 2 kids for a day on the boat. No big deal drop the lift and away she goes.

Well when she was putting the boat back on the lift the wind kind of pushed it forward a little too far. When I get to the lake on sunday afternoon I can see the prop is sitting on the rear cross bar. I try not to freak out and head up to the house with by suitcase and get changed and head back down to the lake. I jump in and have a look.

At first I had hoped that the prop just looked like it was on the bar, but no such luck. In fact the rear of the boat was off of the bunks and the whole rear of my boat is sitting on two blades of my prop!

I check to see if there is any visible damage or cracks. Nothing.

Lower my boat into the water and fire her up for a little test ride. No vibrations, no nothing.

Phew! that's all I can say.

07-07-2010, 11:59 PM
Where's the pics??

07-08-2010, 01:01 AM
ya!!!! like someone said before.....no pics, it never happened........ whew thats one tough prop

07-08-2010, 07:36 AM
Stainless prop, and no pics. The sooner I got it off that bar the better.

07-08-2010, 09:20 AM
I would have been concerned about the strut pushing through the hull or the shaft bending. We are fortunate in that the rear cradle on our lift has a cutout for the shaft and prop... But I am always leary when anyone but me puts the boat on the lift = or takes it out. Some people think these are cars and will try to drive the boat off the lift. I have the prop repari bills to prove it ...

07-08-2010, 10:51 PM
AMen to that. I had the same concern, specifically the strut pushing through the hull. Fortunately the shaft length past the strut is short and the prop covers most of it.

07-08-2010, 11:17 PM
I would fab up a bow stop on the lift like that are on some boat trailers. Some of the trailers have 2 2x4's covered with carpet and they hit the bow rub rail between the bow light.

07-09-2010, 07:44 AM
We were talking about that exact idea. Mine will be much more simpistic. Just a tennis ball hanging on a string from the canopy frame. When the ball hits the windshield your there!

David Davidson
07-09-2010, 08:49 AM
I bet that is the only time I would ever gingerly climb onto a boat. The ball would still blow around with wind... know some people who have tried it. It works good when the wind isn't blowing hard tho.

07-11-2010, 05:56 PM
sled, close one whew...

narrow the bunks on the bow side and that will prevent someone from going to far forward without gunning it...

07-13-2010, 08:54 AM
Where we are the wind would not be an issue like 90% of the time.

When I saw the boat in the prop there was no way I was getting in the boat at all!!

I'm thinking the one saving grace was that I have a stainless prop, not the much softer Nibral.

07-13-2010, 09:09 AM
And being a direct drive helped too. A old friend with a older MC v-drive bent his drive shaft doing that

07-13-2010, 09:15 AM
See now you know why there is no greater tow boat than the DD :D

07-13-2010, 09:18 AM
Yep the DD are great tow boats--I even witnessed a LS pulling double tubes

07-13-2010, 10:39 AM
Yes, I believe I saw that too:

07-13-2010, 10:44 AM

07-13-2010, 12:48 PM
Yep the DD are great tow boats--I even witnessed a LS pulling double tubes

What? An LS, the world's BEST cross-over boat, pulling double tubes?!?!? Oh the shame that owner must be feeling. :p

07-13-2010, 07:51 PM
Man are you guys lucky I couldn't show up!! :D