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Offline Sparhawk

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« Reply #25 on: February 18, 2018, 10:59:34 PM »
Put a prop guard on the kicker

Something I've been meaning to add.  Any recommendations?

Been looking at a Mac's Troll Prop Saver:
I personally never seen the need for one as I usually operate in water deep enough to stay out of weeds and I have never had an issue with lines getting caught when trolling. I can see how it would be helpful though.
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Offline Omega3

Re: New member
« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2018, 07:25:25 AM »
There is a thread on how to make your own in tips and tricks.I made mine at a cost of 30 bucks works great.
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Offline GregE

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« Reply #27 on: February 19, 2018, 10:23:49 AM »
Weeds aren't the issue
Kicker prop guard is needed more when the DR mounts are forward like those pictured.  When things get busy its easy to get the cable angle under the stern.  My last prop repair was $140 
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« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2018, 10:39:06 AM »
I successfully made on from 2" aluminum strip I picked up at Home Depot years ago.  You will need to brace it from the kicker skeg and make sure there is plenty of room between prop blade and guard.  Way less than $30.  You will need to find a shop that handles sheet metal to roll the diameter for you.  They usually do it for free around here.

I had a 3 blade high thrust prop the 'just' cleared the guard.  A small stick got stuck between the prop and guard resulting in a spun hub ($70 +/-).  Replaced 3 blade with 4 blade and now have plenty of clearance and never had a problem with debris in the water since.

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Offline Mooch

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« Reply #29 on: February 19, 2018, 10:50:11 AM »
What prompted this was I fouled the kicker last time i was out on my other boat hugging the bottom at 140’.  Fortunately, the wire did not wrap and i was able to funally free it, but only after precariously leaning over my kicker while drifting a bumpy rip seam.  Since then I switched to the starboard rigger, but i much prefer to fish off port side when fishing solo.  I also prefer to never foul my kicker again, as my butt’s still puckered.  Hoping a prop guard will do the trick.  Sorry to hijack OP thread.  Appreciate the tip SF.  Welcome aboard Fanny Bay.  Stay safe out there los amigos.
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Offline mustang65fbk

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« Reply #30 on: February 19, 2018, 11:24:24 AM »
Fanny Bay, welcome to the forum. I’m sure others will chime in but what kind of prop do you have? Different fins, pitch and so on will make your top speed higher or lower as well as your time to get up on plane. Maybe look into that first as it’s much cheaper to buy a different prop than it is a different engine.
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Offline GoodDays

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« Reply #31 on: February 20, 2018, 02:42:14 PM »
Welcome !! Great to have another Canadian on the Forum !    Im in Campbell River so if you are up this way.....  You can buy me a coffee and I Might let you in on a few secrets about this bunch of reprobates  ! 

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