Spacing between prop and rudder

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Spacing between prop and rudder

Postby Leviathon » Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:06 pm

So moving to a larger prop and shaft and it seems the prop is aweful close to the rudder, maybe an inch? Is there a minimum distance that is preferred. Could not have been too much more than that with the old set up.

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Re: Spacing between prop and rudder

Postby EWRice » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:27 pm

My 32 has just enough room to sneak the prop off, if you tip it just right. That is original as far as I know. The 32 that I just re powered with 1.250 shafts was about the same. It had a little more room but only because the shafts were set up for castle nuts where mine are jam nuts. The castle nut shafts are about .500" - .750" shorter from rear of prop hub to end of shaft.
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Re: Spacing between prop and rudder

Postby Joe » Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:45 pm

In theory, the space between the back of the prop and the cutless bearing should not be more the twice the diameter of the shaft.
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