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Old 10-21-2009, 10:53 PM
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Got a replacement drive from ebay/offshoreonly member and it turns out the entire skeg has been welded on as has the bullet, if your wonering why I would buy this there was no mention of this beforehand.
I remember reading that this is not a safe practice but dont know for sure so trying to get more info.

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It's certainly not ideal thats for sure, maybe on a 18ft that does 20-30mph tops, but wouldn't personally run it on anything with power.
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5000lbs with a 509" at 65mph
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5000lbs with a 509" at 65mph
Just keep an eye on it for stress cracks. It's not a matter of being safe. The worse that will happen is the weld will give and you loose the skeg, and may hit the props. I wouldn't go racing tho..
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It's certainly not ideal thats for sure, maybe on a 18ft that does 20-30mph tops, but wouldn't personally run it on anything with power.
Thats what I think as well.
I just hope the person does the right thing now.
In the menatime I am out of boating for another couple weeks.
Probably the last good weeks of the year.
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The worse that will happen is the weld will give and you loose the skeg, and may hit the props. I wouldn't go racing tho..
I have never had it happen but
I am thinking loosing a skeg at 60+ mph would be a bad thing.
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Skegs are meant to break off if you hit something. Having a skeg welded on is no big deal.

That weld job and the fact that the entire lower case has been welded on is a different story. That looks like chit. I would be more concerned with the integrity of the lower gear housing than I would be with the skeg. The hydrodynamics have to be terrible with the welds also.
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Skegs are meant to break off if you hit something. Having a skeg welded on is no big deal.

That weld job and the fact that the entire lower case has been welded on is a different story. That looks like chit. I would be more concerned with the integrity of the lower gear housing than I would be with the skeg. The hydrodynamics have to be terrible with the welds also.

I agree... Unless running 100plus ide be ok with a welded skeg..... That picture doesnt look safe for a boston whaler.
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Thanks but unless the seller , a member on here , steps up to correct this I dont have enough money for another drive until after the end of the year..
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