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Todays damage! Contact with an idling propeller during wet changes. That's 3 revolutions through my shirt. No blood. Imagine any kind of speed ???

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Submitted by painteur on Sun, 07/13/2008 - 2:26pm

Now you need a shark bite on the right side ;-)

#1 Sun, 07/13/2008 - 2:55pm

oh shit.

#2 Sun, 07/13/2008 - 3:08pm

Looks like you got it pretty good with the trailing edge, "smacking face" of the prop.

#3 Sun, 07/13/2008 - 3:25pm

I noticed on our chaseboat during a Molokai Hoe that the props were slowly turning while in neutral . Must be that water pressure alone will turn the props with enough force to do damage if the boat has any forward momentum.

#4 Sun, 07/13/2008 - 3:25pm

That makes sense. It had to be the "smacking" trailing edge (sharp eyes there kdkoors) since it had been moving backwards under power before neutral.
Fuze you're correct as well because even the slightest idle power would have caused more damage.
The boat had a single post "tree" type fold down ladder mounted between twin outboards.
Not much escape there.

#5 Sun, 07/13/2008 - 5:49pm

holy bilge water, that`s scary, glad ye made 't ou' alive.

#6 Sun, 07/13/2008 - 8:12pm

Dude, go out tonite. Now! And show it to as many chics as you can. I heard chics dig scars.

Regardless, glad you're fine. Boat props have a tendency to shred human flesh like it wasn't there.

#7 Sun, 07/13/2008 - 8:19pm


#8 Sun, 07/13/2008 - 9:26pm

one more reason why paddling is bad for you health.

#9 Sun, 07/13/2008 - 9:40pm

You're one lucky buggar Painteur.

I don't know the mechanics of why, but outboard motors have a tendency to rotate props even in neutral. I think they use a "dog clutch" type mechanism, you can see them turning in neutral when they are out of the water and being flushed out with fresh water.

Best to kill the "donk" and be sure.

Cheers Rambo

#10 Sun, 07/13/2008 - 11:22pm

Dude, thats gnarly but now that youre safe its kinda bad-ass. You should make that youre new avatar.....and Im with poops, go out and show the girls. Tell 'em you were mauled by a shark but you fought it off.

#11 Mon, 07/14/2008 - 4:28pm

Yeah, props freak me out on changes. I stay as far from them as I can get. Screw neutral, turn the damn thing off.

#12 Tue, 07/15/2008 - 8:03am

sometimes with the boats that are escorting, turning the engine off is an invitation for a bobbing escort boat, and a crew ironing the rest of the race

#13 Tue, 07/15/2008 - 8:14am

Ive thought about duplicating what the tow in surfers have on the back of thier PWC's, but a little larger. A big ol' slab of foam with handles that can just float back there like a giant soft swim step. Be easier on the OC1's during changes as well.

#14 Tue, 07/15/2008 - 11:13am

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