I am sorry that I did not see this thread sooner. As most of you know I am the Distributor for Hydromotive. I can tell you that this is not a common occurance. I have viewed the photos and would have to say that this propeller should be sent back to the foundry, and I am sure this is what Hydromotive will do. I also can only say to you all that I have worked very, very closely with Hydromotive Engineering and truely appreciate my relationship with them. They are professional, good guys!!!!!!! I am sure that the propeller will be exchanged without incident.
I also want to address a few comments that were made about propeller, such as weld on blades. Who even does this anymore? Merccury, Hydromotive, Hering, Michigan Wheel, Power Tech and I could go on, ONLY cast there props, they are not welded on blades. What you are seeing in the propellers is the 'Smears" for a lack of a better word, that are created, by man and hand, in the wax molds. Most use the Investment Casting Process.
Now for welding, I don't want to imply that I am the welder at Throttle Up but , I can. The type of welding used here, is TIG welding, to repair the nicks in the blades, typically the result of bottom... finding you! I hope this helps clears a few things up and I invite any of you to call me, anytime, with any questions that you may have.
Oh, and Pure Energy...let us know how the propeller runs for you. Most really have enjoyed there new, P5-X propellers.