Haul & Check or Run out the season?

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  1. Bern

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    Hi Folks,
    I was cruising through a gut Saturday, against a heavy tide, lots of lobster bouys. Didn't see one half underwater. Hit the poly foam bouy with propeller, hard enough to carve a few pieces from it. Got back on the mooring, tried to dive it today with a swim mask....I learned the following: 1. At 59 I'm too old and too poor a swimmer to try crap like that again. Even with a line strung gunnel to gunnel to pull my stupid ass out, it still thoroughly scared me. I think actually having to cut a stray line off the shaft would be a good way for me to drown. 2. Fortunately, there was no line on the shaft, I could see that much, however, no way to tell if any of the blades were bent. The boat sounds and feels exactly at all speeds the same. I have a 5 blade prop with a 2" shaft a MuscleRidge 28. At this point, I'll probably put another 25- 30 hours on before late October haul. Should I "day haul" and check or run out the season? So bummed, I just had Nautillus tweek the perfect propeller last winter. As always, Thank you all for your advice!
     
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    If the boat feels fine and no vibration, I'd run her threw the tail end of the season. Went threw this the past week myself and I plan to finish the season before I hauled her out. If your looking for piece of mind, hire a diver and have her checked.
     
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    If the boat runs fine (same speed) no vibrations I would run it the rest of the season, but in New York, a short haul is under $150 and for the piece of mind I think it's worth it.
     
  4. WoundUpMarine

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    Unless you have vibrations that weren't there before, I wouldn't hesitate to run it. I've hit more bouys than I'd like to admit and never damaged the prop. Don't stress over it.
     
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    If there isn’t line in the wheel and there isn’t any new vibrations your good. No diver is going to look at it and see anything bent that you can’t feel. I’ve hit a few foam pot buoys over the years by accident with no adverse effects
     
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    I agree with the above^^^^^^^^ Glad you didn't do that 50 years ago when we used 4x4's for buoys. And yes they would screw up a wheel. :)
     
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    Must be the week for hits. In casco passage. Nothing in site wham. WTF. All good I think. On a trip from P town to Boston this summer wham. Whale, sunfish, turtle??
    Saw a fin in my wake. Did not go back to see what it was.
     
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    Is short haul an option. We would likely pull you up enough to get under it with a work boat and give a quick look, but if no vibrations you are probably ok.
     
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    Also...never do that alone. Always have a person up on deck to help, or can get help.
     
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    Ditto - no vibration, few more hours, let her ride

    This year I did a massive tangle with a lobster trawl rope. At 64 I knew there was no way I was doing it, crawled the 5 miles back to dock and got the diver to do it, he was also a boat US guy and managed to take care if it without me getting a bill. This ex-marine, 35 year old worked at it for 15 minutes before he got it all.

    He used a “hooka” set up. Smaller air tank on dock, airline to face mask. For piece of mind I bought a system through Amazon, around $500 total, now have it on the boat just in case I get totally screwed up out there.
     
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    When I used to sternman for dad I used to be able to jump over with nothing more than a scuba mask and a knife. Sometimes others would come by and have me look at there’s. Dad had a couple rules.
    1. Engine off
    2. Do not try to slide your hands through the bars on the cage.
    3. Bring what you cut up with you.
     
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    same...I've chopped up a few (my own too) over the years.
    Running smooth?....no worries
     
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    Where do you short haul for 150. I get quotes 10-12 per foot
     
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    Beginning of last season right when I bought the boat I had a noise, Carl Tank in Lindenhurst did a short haul for me, he charged me like $5 a foot. The boat was out of the water for maybe 20 minutes. Just long enough to tighten the zinc on the rudder (the noise I heard was the zinc coming loose).
     
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    I got a quote from Newport Shipyard for $32 per foot....WTF? Short haul 3 hours.:mad:
     

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