Hi Hello all,
Your local neighborhood Woody here with a question about my outdrive. I believe I have an 1983 Galaxie with an 3.8L OMC stringer 800 with tru course steering, mid rise exhaust and mechanical shift. One day while out on river, I made the mistake of letting an individual even more wet behind the ears than I, drive the boat as i unstrapped the wakeboard from my feet. He zipped into a cove and sure enough we hit something (a rock) with the outdrive and prop. Being the inexperienced boater I was, I continued to boat for the remainder of that day. >.< With hitting the rock the propeller got a decent little chunk taken out of it. Im assuming the chunk of prop missing affected the propeller performance and cause it to wobble. Still being the BginerBoater i was i ran the boat until i was about 4-5 miles away from the marina, when Bing, BANG, BOOM! i Heard a noise from the back of the vessel. After this point i lost complete control of the boat. With the motor running, i would put it into forward and give it some gas, as a result i would get no movement from the prop at all. It seems that all that happens is the RPMs increase. Same story with reverse. Included are some photos of the drive and engine. From the research I've done on here and checking some other sources I THINK (key word) that I have a damaged or broken engine coupler. If this is the issue, anyone have any tips, tricks, or procedures for repair? Ive been told by some I need to remove the engine and others have told me I can just remove the outdrive.
Reguardless of the process. I need to find out what is going to be required to get this back on the water again. I appreciate the assistance in advance. I plan on documenting the repair with plenty of photos and sharing them with the community.