Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
Mark Christianson

Aluminum or Stainless

Recommended Posts

Mark Christianson

Alright, what the heck do I do?

I did a quick check for topics related(didnt look real hard). If I missed it, just gimme a link to the topic. crazy.gif

Aluminum prop repair number 4 or 5 in 8 years coming my way.

Stainless scares me. Am I going to do damage to the motor if I hit something? Damage thats going to be more than the cost of repairing an aluminum?

I am frustrated. I dont know what the heck to do. But this constant repair is not the right answer either by the looks of it.

And dont start on the "learn how to drive your boat" stuff. I hit a dang log on the Rainy this weekend that was in over 12 feet of water, and no sign it was there until it made that beautiful sound we all love. Thunk!

Low water sux. But it aint gonna stop me from fishin'.

grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
PerchJerker

Stay with aluminum. With your size motor you'll get minimal if any performance benefits out of stainless, especially since you're not a troller. Stainless costs more than aluminum so that will set you back, and if you hit stuff with stainless you're probably spinning hubs (maybe damaging gears) so you still have repairs to pay for. It would probably be better to repair your aluminum prop or go with a new aluminum prop.

If that doesn't work, why don't you just learn how to drive? Or maybe get a steering wheel, most bass guys seem to like them grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Valv

Quote:

If that doesn't work, why don't you just learn how to drive? Or maybe get a steering wheel, most bass guys seem to like them
grin.gif


Yeah, that's right, I would say same thing why don't you learn to drive grin.gif

See, us walleye guys have most of the boat keel in the water, we "move" objects away from prop, bass people are always flying, only the lower unit is underwater and that's why logs are getting you, they are attracted by that fast spinning prop they can't resist to check it out. grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif

In any case, if you damage aluminum this much don't go SS, you'll destroy your gearcase, and that's big $$$$$$$

Get a spare alum and keep it on boat, just in case, and don't make the mistake to go plastic.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Whoaru99

Sounds like prop repair is a cost of doing business, so to speak, in certain waters.

I'd stay with aluminum, unless you wanted to get the ComProps and just replace the whole thing for ~$80 when it gets whacked up. You'd definitely want a spare along with those though. A good hit might just take of the better part of one or more blades.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mark Christianson

One thing to add to this.

I am not tearing off the skeg in the cases listed above. Up to this point its been "minor" afflictions.

This past weekend was a log that I glanced over. Last year was a shallow area with the motor tilted, and the prop glanced off a rock at low RPM. Another year was at a launch loading the boat. My buddy thought it wasnt necessary to tilt the motor up when he drove the boat on the trailer.

Oh yea, there was that rock bar on the Miss I tried to move with the lower unit..... The rock bar won. grin.gif

Part of me says that if the big guns are running stainless, I sure should be able to. I am just afraid of what could happen with SS. Are the hubs good enough that they will spin out before damage could occur in the motor, or is that just a fallacy?

PS - this is a Honda 75hp tiller.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Valv

Aluminum is softer, it will nick before stainless does, if you scrape some gravel with your prop it will probably damage, with SS you won't have any problem.

It's the hard hits that will damage the lower unit, a rock, a reef, a log, etc. The blade will not give as much and you'll bend propshaft.

You will get better performance from stainless but price is a lot higher. You could switch for better perfomance, but then don't be shy using your tilt more.

I spend summer vacation on a lake where docks are in 2 ft of water and sandy bottom, I have to trip motor up a lot to the point of having prop almost out of water.

Also at landing tilt the motor up to load boat, when it goes on trailer it will tip bow up and drop motor down, if you are not tilted you will hit bottom.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Deitz Dittrich

Quote:

Also at landing tilt the motor up to load boat, when it goes on trailer it will tip bow up and drop motor down, if you are not tilted you will hit bottom.


ARGH!!!!, yup... even though I know that, I shot a bunch of rock into a lake last year.. Lost a couple of MPH on my top end. smirk.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ChuckN

Quote:

Aluminum prop repair number 4 or 5 in 8 years coming my way.


Stick with aluminum at that rate.. blush.gifgrin.gif

With your boat combo, stainless really will not benefit you IMO, especially if you hit something. There is no give with a stainless prop, however from experience, contact with a something hard at no speed (big waves, concrete underwater ramp and motor in reverse) with an aluminum prop can bend a prop shaft, bust gears, blow seals, bend skag...not good. If you haven't damaged the entire lower unit for a bill of $1600, be grateful it's only a prop. wink.gif

I was able to bend the skag back to normal, no problem.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tashit

Just throwing it out there...I don't know what your boat setup is, but we had a 16' Starcraft fish n ski that we had aluminum for awhile. They kept getting nicked up and we fixed them pretty frequently and finally went to stainless. We ran the stainless for years without any problems. If it is just the little bends and nicks I would personally go stainless. We have aluminum again now and it keeps getting those nicks and bends and I'm going to switch to a stainless soon. We never hit anything big, I actually usually never even know when/what we hit, and I know the waters I travel well so I'm not worried.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • eyeguy 54
      sounds like a hoot. hope to get there. 
    • Roscoe010
      Hi Wanderer, I am going up this weekend too.  Glad the weather will be warm! I will try a different pit this time, but had good luck last year.  I hope the fish will be active and hungry.
    • IceHawk
      Thanks Rick! Jeff hope to make it always a good time and laughs when you get a group of great people together. I usally do more jaw jacking  then fishing at these things but for me its just as much fun 
    • Rick
      I will donate a few goodies. I will send it to @Tom Sawyer if he messages me his address.
    • IceHawk
      Lol! Smurfy  Its not as easy to identify areas like the old days the ice towns in Mertens bay and in front of Steils old house on cedar island aren't there like years of past but she's still the same chain that you grew up on. And IMO better than when we wee younger. 
    • Wanderer
      @Roscoe010 I wanted to head that way yesterday but my fishing partner didn’t have that kind of time.  If I get there this weekend, I’ll let you know. Or hopefully someone else knows and will reply.
    • smurfy
      i'm considering going out sat to chase walleyes, cats or crappies................OK whatever will bite. whats frustrating is i live 5 mile from the chain, grew up in richmond and all these maps have me confused??????????
    • DonBo
      Toying with the idea of heading up there Saturday morning. Only been there a couple times, never on the opener.
    • JBMasterAngler
      Anyone go out on the opener? I usually wait a week before heading up there, so curious to hear some ice/fishing reports.
    • Roscoe010
      Did any of you check out the pits for winter trout opener last weekend? Thanks!
  • Share & Have Fun