lost skeg

Discussion in 'Bubba's Outboards' started by Kutter, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    Bob, I normally run with a River Runner (Google it, Cabela's sell's it) on my 1986 50 HP Johnson. However, recently (I have no idea how), I lost it and the skeg. I have heard that it is possible to have another skeg welded on. I don't doubt it is possible, but I have my doubts on whether it will hold. Only other 3 choices are to buy a used lower unit, buy a new lower unit, or buy a new motor, none of which I can do at this time. Please offer your opinion on welding it.

    Also, seeing as how I don't know when it happened over Catstock weekend, I could have been using the boat most of the time that weekend without a skeg. Other than the fact that running without it endangers the prop and lower unit, does it hurt anything? I sure didn't notice any changes to how the boat reacted or steered.

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  2. Bobpaul

    Bobpaul New Member

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    A new skeg welded on will hold up just fine from what I've seen.

    Get it done before it costs you a prop, or the gears in your lower unit. You really ain't going to like that expense. :crying:
     

  3. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    Thanks Bob, I'll take the Boat Dr's advice and keep the boat out of the water till it's fixed.
     
  4. flaboy

    flaboy New Member

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    yodaddy, I have seen a welding/braising rod advertised for home repair for aluminum on the internet, but when I asked a local mechanic, he said he was aware of it but there was a heliarc welding shop nearby and he KNEW they could fix it!
     
  5. spoonfish

    spoonfish New Member

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    I have a friend that was backing his trailer down a hill and forgot to tilt his motor up. Well needless to say his skeg left a nice gouge mark in the black top before it snapped off. He had it welded back on and it has held up just fine so far.
     
  6. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    That's similar to what I already had. The one I had was wider at the bottom horizontal piece. It also bolted on. Problem is, whatever broke the skeg, broke fairly flush with the lower unit housing, not near enough to bolt something onto.
     
  7. Deltalover

    Deltalover New Member

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    Kutter, an ebay search for skegs in the boat part section produced about 10 different options. Good luck!