Has anyone had to remove their prop from the shaft. When I hauled my boat in October, I found the three shaft zincs severely corroded and some damage on the edge of one blade. My boat is on a mooring so the galvanic corrosion is from my boat only. Besides searching for the source of the current on my boat in the spring, I decided to pull my prop and have it repaired this winter.
Removing the nut and locking nut on the shaft was easy. I rented a very heavy duty brass C-clamp prop remover and with the generous application of heat from my propane torch and some sharp blows to the hub from a brass chisel, I was very Unsuccessful in removing the prop. In fact I bent the C-clamp out of shape. Aside from paying the marina $115/hour for what could be an expensive operation, I am at a loss for my next step.
Has anyone removed their prop? Does anyone have any suggestions or helpful advice?? I know the cold weather here in RI is not helping nor is the fact that the prop has been on for 32 years. Hopefully there are no prop set screws or any other considerations.
Thanks for any advice.