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Broken skeg-what to do?

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  • Broken skeg-what to do?

    just bought used boat with 115 johnson, however the skeg in missing several inches and slightly bent, can i fix this? do i need to fix this? does it effect handling of boat? the boat is a 1991 tracker center console deep v. if i try and bend it back straight will it break? can i take a grinder and smooth it out? thanks in advance for your help!!!

  • #2
    Re: Broken skeg-what to do?

    I had a buddy that had one welded on and then he put on a stainless skeg guard.
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    • #3
      Re: Broken skeg-what to do?

      Chances are if you try to straighten it, it will break. Probably not good to run with it bent.

      There are many motors running just fine without the skeg. If you want it fixed call around to any of the local prop repair shops. Chances are they will be able to weld on a new one for you for about $100.

      Take the grinder to it to lop off the bent piece and smooth out the sharp edges.

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      • #4
        Re: Broken skeg-what to do?

        I have straightened bends in them when they wasn't too sharp of a bend. If it does break just put one of these on. http://www.iboats.com/Boat-Parts-Acc...****.133331359
        It won't hurt anything to run with it broken but the bend could cause some handling problems.
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        • #5
          Re: Broken skeg-what to do?

          If money is an issue give it a try as is. You may find that running it as is is no problem.

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          • #6
            Re: Broken skeg-what to do?

            Originally posted by Solittle View Post
            If money is an issue give it a try as is. You may find that running it as is is no problem.
            I agree. Had the same concern when I got my newest (to me) boat. Skeg was whacked off when the PO first pulled it out of his driveway with the drive down. Handles fine, and other than 'knowing' it's broken/missing, I don't know it's not there.
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            1984 SportCraft 222 OFF w/84 Mercruiser 488 & Alpha 1
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            • #7
              Re: Broken skeg-what to do?

              thanks for all the advice. i think the bend is bad enough that the prop repair shop might be the way to go, as the first couple of inches is fairly straight but where tip should be is almost an inch plus off.

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              • #8
                Re: Broken skeg-what to do?

                My buddy put one of the guards on becuase he "knew" it was busted. But to be honest, what is the purpose for this thing, does it actually do anything? I always assumed it was to help steer?
                Super Bad Awsome
                1992 Rinker 206 Captiva, 4.3 Merc. LX 4BBL
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                • #9
                  Re: Broken skeg-what to do?

                  I believe (which doesn't mean it's correct) they are there to help protect the propeller.
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                  1984 SportCraft 222 OFF w/84 Mercruiser 488 & Alpha 1
                  1979 Sears Gamefisher 13'6" Aluminum w/1959 Johnson 10HP
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                  • #10
                    Re: Broken skeg-what to do?

                    Originally posted by Beefer View Post
                    I believe (which doesn't mean it's correct) they are there to help protect the propeller.
                    That's what I was taught too. The skegs primary function is to protect the prop from minor impacts. It also acts as a rudder as well.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Broken skeg-what to do?

                      Take a grinder and grind off the bent section and GO FISHIN ! Don't go pay a shop if you can handle that on your own. It's a waste of money better spent on other things.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Broken skeg-what to do?

                        I took a propane torch and a 2 lb hammer and a head from a old sledge as a backing tool and made a badly bent and broken skeg a straight broken skeg. The aluminum gets really soft fast and is easy to straighten, just don't try with out getting it really hot, ah...to hot and they will melt like butter.

                        and to those that say a bent skeg won't hurt anything....go and turn your trim tab hard to one side or the other and see how this effects your performance.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Broken skeg-what to do?

                          From a former Evinrude exec in a Engineering History article: he added a skeg on the gearbox to ward off obstructions.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Broken skeg-what to do?

                            Skeg protects the expensive stuff !!!
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                              Re: Broken skeg-what to do?

                              Take it to a welding shop, we have repaired alot of then, and made new ones when they get broke off.

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