Wrapped the rope!

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by quailrunner, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. quailrunner

    quailrunner New Member

    140
    May 26, 2010
    Cayuga Lake, New York
    2006 185 Sport
    V6 Mercruizer 4.3l
    I managed to drive over the tow rope this weekend and wrapped it around the prop (mostly just forward of the blades). Going about 5 mph; alarm sounded and engine shut down very quickly. I jumped in and removed 6-8 turns of tow rope from around the prop. Started up again and put it into gear, tried it very slowly at first, but there was no discernable change in sound or propulsion. The prop is attached using the usual Flo Torg for the drive, so I assume that if there was a real issue w. obstruction it would have blown the kit and I would have had no actual propulsion? I looked at the prop (didn't pull it off); everything looked fine from the outside (for what that's worth). I'll be asking my mechanic as well, but want to know if anyone has suggestions re things to look for.
     
  2. AKBASSKING

    AKBASSKING Active Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    SE Alaska Summer/Columbia River winter
    1988 Yacht Fisher
    Twin 375hp Cat 3208 T/A
    Sounds like you got off very lucky......
     
  3. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    i would suggest at least looking at the plastic hub for cracks....i once had a crack in my hub and did not know it until i took the prop off to grease the prop shaft for routine maintenance.....

    cliff
     
  4. quailrunner

    quailrunner New Member

    140
    May 26, 2010
    Cayuga Lake, New York
    2006 185 Sport
    V6 Mercruizer 4.3l
    I definitely agree! What I really want to know is if there's something that tells me a trip to the mechanic is in order, but it seems like its fine.
     
  5. quailrunner

    quailrunner New Member

    140
    May 26, 2010
    Cayuga Lake, New York
    2006 185 Sport
    V6 Mercruizer 4.3l
    That's a good idea - at least, enough to make me pull the prop and look at it (easy - its in a lift).
     
  6. Bt Doctur

    Bt Doctur Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    New Jersey
    Ex SRV 240 Weekender twin
    in between
    better than this guy
    [​IMG]
     
  7. blaster

    blaster Active Member

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F150 5.4 xlt 4x4
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    I got wrapped up in a sail a few weeks ago. It wound around a few times before the engine stalled. No harm done but you do have to be careful, especially with string or wire, they will cut through the prop shaft seal.
     
  8. quailrunner

    quailrunner New Member

    140
    May 26, 2010
    Cayuga Lake, New York
    2006 185 Sport
    V6 Mercruizer 4.3l
    Not an issue here - the rope was as thick as the one in the photo from Bt Doctur
     
  9. LawyerMan

    LawyerMan Member

    424
    Jul 12, 2012
    Texas Gulf Coast
    270 SLX w/ Sport Arch
    496 Mag DTS, Bravo III, Corsa

    You use that thick of a tow rope? What are you towing?
     
  10. quailrunner

    quailrunner New Member

    140
    May 26, 2010
    Cayuga Lake, New York
    2006 185 Sport
    V6 Mercruizer 4.3l
    OK - slight exaggeration. But it was a fairly thick tow rope...
     
  11. Dave 205

    Dave 205 New Member

    449
    Mar 15, 2011
    Omaha, NE
    2006 205 Sport, Shorelander Trailer. Towed by 2012 Ford F-150 Supercrew 5.0 with factory tow package
    Mercruiser 5.0 220 HP Carb w/ Alpha 1 Drive
    For what its worth, when I hit my prop on submerged scrap concrete last year, I did find at the end of the season when I took my prop off that the torq kit was partially blown. At the time of the incident, I asked a mechanic if I should be concerned - he said that if it's running right, and you can't find a problem, there likely isn't much for him to look for. I was out of town on vacation at the time, and went back on the water the next day without incident. I suppose that any violent stopping of the prop is about the same in this respect.
     

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