It came with 60 when I got it. I get 27 knots full throttle on my 16.5 DE. With two guys about 25 knots. That is fast enough for me in that boat. Yes when I first got the boat I hit the large rock on right on cowichan bay boat ramp.... ( warning be careful of that rock). If you didn't screw your prop shaft you shouldn't get a lot of vibration, and no decrease on power..... Mine did this and I ended up getting a new lower gear case....
What pinnacle did you hit?
Shallow area in Enterprise Channel between Trial Island and Victoria. Narrow area and my fish finder said 12 feet. I should have been going slower and paying more attention, but was enjoying the scenery... Like I said, a new prop is required but the skeg's not too bad - slight bend and a few small pieces out of it. Could have been worse.
If the prop shaft is bend it can and will wreck the seals and down the road more problems Don at west isle can fix both problems if the shaft is bend sometimes a new one is in order but you can get lucky and he may find you a used one one good reason you get insurance on a boat.... as thats covered if your leg is damaged...
Blue Wolf Charters
I'm going to take a run with a new prop and see how it goes. Coming back after I hit it there was no vibration at at except at low RPM, which I'm thinking was caused by the wrecked prop. Once up on plane and at most RPM's it ran smooth, even with the curlicue prop. So I'm thinking (and hoping) the prop shaft is ok.
Last edited by Saxe Point; 05-16-2012 at 06:34 AM.
Bent and missing pieces out of the skeg can interrupt or alter the intended flow of water around the skeg and through the prop.
Can cause additional stress on shaft, bearings etc.
Or so I've been told.
Best to fix it all.
I'd also recommend 'dss' above.
He straightened and welded the skeg on my johnson about 4 years ago, so good I still can't see where he did any work.
SG has the johnson/evinrude paint colours in spray cans for touching up the paint on the skeg.
You will not notice a bend running it you have to examine it and measure etc a experienced tech can spot it in no time, it do what you want ,its your boat im a bit anal so id get it looked at if it were me but im all about preventve matenance As I dont like things going BOOOOING down the road.
Blue Wolf Charters
A quick and simple test to check for a bent prop shaft is to sit something up against (not quite touching) either the forward edge of the prop hub or the outer edge of the blades...then spin it by hand in neutral and see if the clearance remains the same through a full 360 deg's. If it rubs in one spot and not in others you may want to check further.