Welcome! Need support, you got it. Or share you ideas and experiences.
I bought my Kells 23 with a 15HP evinrude OB motor (obviously alot more than I need). I don't know the exact weight, but I know the boat is heavier than your average 23 footer. Anyway, the motor has shit the bed, back to that later. More immediately, I have a 2HP motor for my dinghy, and I need to know what you guys think about moving my boat with that small of a motor.
Will it work? Will I kill the motor in the short term? Will I float directly into another boat? I only need it to get less than 100yds from where I'm moored.
The 15HP evinrude OB, which is about 25 yrs old, worked fine last week. It starts up fine in neutral, and sounds fine going into gear. The problem is the boat moves less than 5yds a minute, no matter how much it's reved. There is no discernable difference between how it sounds/starts up now compared to then. I have not checked the rotor, I'm swimming under today to check it out while it's still in the water...Hopefully there's just fishin' line or something twisted around it...but if not, what could be the culprit?
On a couple other message boards, a broken shear pin was suggested, and I tried to see if the prop would spin freely, which it did not. Now I'm lost again.
OK, so I jumped in the water, and put it in gear, and it did not spin freely. it went about 1/2 turn each way very freely, and after that it gave some tension but was still easy to rotate, but definitely didn't spin. Now what? I took it out of the water and I'm going to mount it in a trash can and see what I can see.
Nate, It sounds to me like you have a spun prop. That is; the prop hub is pressed together metal in metal like putting two doughnuts one inside the other with a rubber bushing between the metal. when the bushing breaks, it saves the motor shaft. The prop will still spin, but under load the inner hub turns and the prop slips. This causes the loss of propulsion. Just a thought, Tailgunner
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