skeg damage

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  1. dieselsmoke

    dieselsmoke Member

    95
    Aug 21, 2016
    nj
    2004 Select 220
    5.0mpi bravo
    IMG_2690.jpg What should I do about this missing section of skeg. I must have picked up a stone or something and jammed it between the prop and skeg. The prop has a very minor damage that can be easily repaired. The skeg could be repaired but should I worry about it? It did its job and protected the prop but now whats the best course of action
     

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  2. Arminius

    Arminius Member

    236
    Oct 30, 2019
    Seattle
    Bowrider 200 Select, 2003
    5.0L MPI, 260 hp w/Alpha 1 Drive
    I got a stainless skeg protector from Cabellas for fishing outboards and that fixed it right up. But you have a lot of skeg left. Wait and see if there is a problem that you didn't have before.
     
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  3. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    I would not worry about fixing.

    But since your boat is on a trailer you could get a weld on repair piece and take it to a welder to fix you up.
     
  4. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    I wouldn't worry about it. Just file the edges smooth. You won't notice any performance issues.

    Skeg guards are an option, but I would strongly caution against using those. If you hit something, you run the risk of breaking the skeg close to the gear housing - which means you can no longer weld a new skeg on there. They sound good in theory, but in reality they are not.
     
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  5. Seapig

    Seapig Active Member

    125
    Dec 25, 2018
    Oakham MA or Winnipesaukee NH
    12 Sundancer 310 w Axius
    Twin 350 Mags w Bravo drives
    I concur with Lazy-Daze. I did exactly that with my 05 260 skeg. It looked like yours so I installed a stainless guard. Looked awesome. Coming onto my trailer I got into some rocks that damaged the forward prop a bit and snapped the skeg Right off.
     

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  6. Arminius

    Arminius Member

    236
    Oct 30, 2019
    Seattle
    Bowrider 200 Select, 2003
    5.0L MPI, 260 hp w/Alpha 1 Drive
    The stainless skeg protector will straighten a bent up skeg as you hammer it into position with a block of wood and a 10# maul and secure it with the 2 machine screws provided. It looks very good on the trailer and didn't cost much. Probably should not do this if you are inclined to roll large rocks up hills repeatedly. I am hesitant about welding on a primary aluminum casting locating precision bearings and see it as a last resort. Also, I can't heli-arc myself and really don't trust boat mechanic/pirates.
     
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  7. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    New England & South Florida
    1976 17 Sport
    90hp Etec
    i would be more concerned with the growth and exposed aluminum - clean it up and get some trilux on it
     
  8. Express 390

    Express 390 Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    518
    Sep 14, 2018
    South Shore of Long Island NY
    1986 SeaRay 390 EC
    1993 SeaRay 290 DA single 7.4 /Bravo 2
    1992 SeaRay 230 DA 4.3LX Alfa drive
    Twin 454 Crusaders inboards 4 blades
    It won't effect anything i would just leave it alone, I know it hurts to look at! But not worth the fix
     
  9. Arminius

    Arminius Member

    236
    Oct 30, 2019
    Seattle
    Bowrider 200 Select, 2003
    5.0L MPI, 260 hp w/Alpha 1 Drive
    Once I had a bad experience adding heat to a piece of aluminum the size of a pound of butter. The stuff is so conductive but has such a low melting point, welding could go wrong. I was making a precision 747 part in my milling machine when I got fussy and forgot to make big chips to carry the heat away. The stock and my careful work collapsed like a puddle of butter when the accumulated heat abruptly destroyed structural integrity throughout.
     
  10. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Done by an experienced welder, a skeg repair is, hands down, 100% preferred over the skeg guard. Many, many skegs get welded/repaired every year and there are shops that specialize in this. It's normal practice.

    That skeg guard should be outlawed.
     
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  11. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    I would not want to add anymore stainless to the sterndrive - especially if you keep it in a saltwater wet slip. I would sand that housing and get a good coat of Trilux on it like @Ididntdoit mentioned. The exposed aluminum will be subject to corrosion that would do far more damage than the skeg.

    -Kevin
     
  12. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Fix it by welding aluminum... make it look new and you will never hit anything again
    Always think resale.... I would never buy a boat with a broken skeg or a stainless coverup
     
  13. dieselsmoke

    dieselsmoke Member

    95
    Aug 21, 2016
    nj
    2004 Select 220
    5.0mpi bravo
    OK thanks for the advice. Im gonna clean it, paint it, run it for the summer, then look maybe to have it welded in the off season. Thanks again
     

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