Suggestions for prop protection

Discussion in 'Prop Shop' started by ducktrooper, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. ducktrooper

    ducktrooper Well-Known Member

    I need product suggestions for a prop guard or protector for use in shallow fresh water where I fish. I've looked at Mac's River Runner but don't like idea of drilling thru skeg. Any other proven models out there? My motor is '84 Johnson 15 HP.

    Pls don't tell me I should forget about a protector and just get an extra prop. Thanks
  2. Brett

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  3. mark_gardner

    mark_gardner I Love!

    what is it about drilling thru the skeg that scares you? couple of small holes are easy to fill but if the thing works and protects your L.u. and is bolted in place then why worry about a few holes :-?
  4. ducktrooper

    ducktrooper Well-Known Member

    Just dont want to drill too close to the oil resoiver and 4 holes I would think would weaken the skeg. Plus, if I don't like the River Runner and ultimate choose to go another route, I'm stuck with the 4 holes.
  5. The_Skiff_Shop

    The_Skiff_Shop Well-Known Member

    IMHO you started out correctly by doing the research but sooner or later you will have to commit and drill your skeg if you are trying to protect it.

    I used to use "Hydro Shields" because I could feel a difference in the tiller when it got very shallow. Even experimented with removing the bat wing and making it more like a "River Runner" with the same brackets.

    Keep in mind the skeg's purpose is to protect the prop and is "sacrificial" (finger nails running down the chalk board? ;D ;D)

    just my .00000000000000001 sense
  6. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

    I have six boats and every one of them have a Macks River Runner on it. I run them hard during duck season and I no longer worry at all about the prop.

    I used to run with out them then you find that in soft bottom the skeg digs in and the prop is slicing and dicing the bottom. Up north the bottom is rocky and the water is not clear - too thick to drink, too thin to plow. The river runner will keep the blades out of the dirt.

    The one I have here in FL hit the bottom so hard that it broke the river runner off and took a chunk of the skeg. Bolted a new one on with only three bolts and 6 years later still not afraid of oysters.
  7. HighSide25

    HighSide25 Well-Known Member

    theres a jackplate out of lousiana that has a guard on it. its worth a search