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propeller hits dock line! Yep!
« on: July 02, 2019, 05:16:10 PM »
They say everyone has done it. I made it 35 years before I did it. propeller got wrapped, made some vibrating, killed the engine. It starts and runs now but won't stay in forward or reverse very well at all. Motor dies when operating from F or R into neutral.

Where do I start? I've done visual inspection of the tranny. It shifts as per normal.

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Re: propeller hits dock line! Yep!
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2019, 10:05:00 PM »
This is a really stupid question but did you inspect the prop for damage and make sure there are no additional lines wrapped around the prop, shaft or strut.

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Re: propeller hits dock line! Yep!
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2019, 08:51:20 AM »
That's NOT a stupid question! It's precisely what a smart person would do! My boat repair guy asked the same thing. I'll be doing it tonight. Thanks for your input.
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Re: propeller hits dock line! Yep!
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2019, 09:28:08 PM »
Not a smart person. Just been there done that. There must be some reason that is stalling out the engine.

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Re: propeller hits dock line! Yep!
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2019, 08:53:24 PM »
Swam on the prop this weekend and removed about ten wraps of dock line. All is well now. Back to full operation. Thanks again for your stupid question.  My Doc neighbor scared me with his story of bending his shaft, hauling the boat, shipping it out for repairs, etc, etc, $5,000.

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Re: propeller hits dock line! Yep!
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2019, 10:19:07 PM »
Congratulations. All is well in 323 Land.

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Re: propeller hits dock line! Yep!
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2019, 04:06:01 PM »
I wrapped my dinghy line again last night while in reverse...stupid...but for the second time, I just made sure the prop was clear of more line, pulled the engine stop, put the tranny in forward and hit the start button over and over while my buddy pulled on the line and it all came undone and out.  It's a neat trick and works, twice for me now, and most likely the next time, because there will be :)