How much does it cost to repair a propeller?
A typical repair to an aluminum prop will cost $100 to $150, but expect to pay $200 to $400 to repair a stainless steel prop. It may be more cost-effective to simply replace a damaged aluminum prop, but when a new stainless prop costs $400 to $700, the repair makes economic sense.
Can you run a boat with a broken prop?
A cracked or damaged prop could eventually break off. A damaged prop is often out of balance, resulting in vibrations or cavitation. Run your boat too long with an unbalanced prop and even a small amount of cavitation will do damage to the inner hub, bearings and shaft on the lower unit.
Can I use a damaged propeller?
A dinged, bent or chipped propeller won’t work as it used to and can even affect the overall engine performance. Even if you examine yours on land and don’t see any aesthetic changes, keep in mind that the damage could be internal. It can affect your pitch and throw your entire boat off-kilter.
Can aluminum boat props be repaired?
Most small dings or bends in an aluminum prop can be repaired for a reasonable price. If you do repair, make sure the shop does not file down the blade edges thereby reducing diameter. If your damage includes bites or chunks out of the blade, you should consider a new prop.
Can stainless steel boat props be repaired?
Generally speaking, stainless props are made from two general types of metals. High -carbon stainless is very strong and damage resistant. It welds well and can generally be repaired unless it is bent excessively. Given its high strength, it does not like being bent into a pretzel and straightened.
Can a bronze propeller be repaired?
A bronze propeller in as new condition can be re pitched up to 3”. Cracks, bends and even missing blade tips can be repaired depending on blade thickness and material condition.
Do boat propellers wear out?
You need not worry about the propeller replacement if you haven’t hit anything or there or no nicks/dents on it. So, a boat propeller can last forever or longer than you will unless you hit something. A propeller is not like a bottom paint or any to wear out in time. It will last long enough until you hit something.
How much do boat props cost?
On average, customers spend from $160 – $220 on aluminum props. Steel props cost anywhere from $400 – $850 to even upwards at $1,500 dollars.
Will a bent boat prop cause vibration?
Yes, a bend much less than that will cause a lot of vibration. Pull the prop and get it repaired.