Using techniques developed by our founders, all of our propeller repair is done the old fashioned way by hand. Our highly trained propeller technicians repair all of our propellers to factory or better standards using these techniques. We are one of the only, if not the only propeller facility that repairs propellers this way.
Below is some additional information on our propeller repair services:
We repair propellers from the smallest 6″ dinghy propeller up to the 40′ ship propeller, and everything in-between including: Pleasure Boats, Ski Boats, Yachts, Fishing Boats, Tug Boats, Ferries and Freighters.
We repair our outboard and inboard propellers to factory standards or better, our repair process includes checking of pitch, rake, track, balance, and welding if needed.
All of our outboard and I/O stainless propellers are polished to a high luster mirrored finish in our vibratory polisher manufactured by advanced finishing technologies. This technology is far more cost effective and efficient than our old way of polishing by hand.
Every inboard propeller is scanned and repaired using the Prop EYE propeller inspection and analysis system to an ISO Class 1 specification. Propellers that come out of the factory are usually only Class II or Class II. As part of this service, we will also provide a report detailing the initial and final propeller condition.
We not only offer the industry standard vertical static balancing, (up to 35′, single plane or 12′ dual plane) but we offer horizontal computerized high speed dynamic balancing as well, (single or dual plane) which will balance your inboard propeller (up to 70″) to less than 1/2 of a gram.
We also provide expert propeller sizing analysis. Using your vessel and engine specs, we will figure out which propeller size will help you achieve maximum performance for your vessel.
Once we have figured out a propeller recommendation for your vessel, we will keep on file a detailed record of your information. We have records dating back many years and chances are, if you purchased a used boat in this area, we will have an information sheet on it.
Dynamic Propeller Balancing is done on a single plane. In the process weight is removed from the heavier blade(s) until the propeller is dynamically balanced. This process compensates for any weight problems associated with the boss (hub) and any loading problems associated with mismatched pitches between blades. Mismatched propeller blade pitch creates a situation where the propeller blades are unevenly loaded by air pressure as the propeller is spun.
The dynamic balancer senses this mismatched loading as an out of balance situation. This is then compensated for by the operator by removing weight from the blades until the Dynamic Balancer is “fooled” into thinking the propeller is balanced.
In most cases, aluminum, stainless steel, and bronze or NiBril propellers can be repaired. Curled blade edges, missing pieces of the blade edge, and bent blades can all be straightened and filled. The central hub in aluminum and stainless steel propellers can be replaced. Usually, if more than 1/3 of a blade is missing or the metal of center hub of the propeller is damaged, the propeller cannot be repaired. In addition, aluminium propellers that have been repaired multiple times may not be able to be repaired due to metal fatigue.
The proper generic term for these bearings is stave bearing or sleeve bearing. The vast majority of boaters would not know what I am talking about, had I used the title; "Replacing A Sleeve Bearing".. I chose the word cutlass carefully because it is well accepted, and understood by most boaters, as to what it is/describes.
With our commercial tools, we can quickly remove and replace your bearings. We stock standard sizes and can have custom sizes delivered overnight.