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I was talking to a friend one day and we got into a discussion of what we carry on the water in case of emergencies. Besides the typical flares, flashlight, fire extinguisher etc. that you should have on the boat. I carry a NOCO boost (thanks A-Jay) in case I need to jump the battery, a pull cord in case the NOCO is dead and spare spark plugs, hand tools and such. I know I have more on there, but that's what comes to mind.

 

Interestingly, he asked if I carried a spare prop. I don't...well didn't...now I do. I was in a harbor on an outgoing tide away from the channel one day and was cruising slowly - no wake zone - over hard bottom. I bottomed out causing some minor damage to my prop. I never gave it a thought until we had this discussion that I got lucky. It made me think. Well, I got an extra one for the coming season. It was expensive, but a small insurance policy for the piece of mind.

 

How about you? 

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Always carried a spare aluminum OB prop and plastic TM prop with tools to change both.

Kept 100’ of 1/2 rope and anchor in a plastic milk create along with the props and tools. Flash light was another Item in the box. All the needed Coast Guard items on board, spark plugs, parka, etc.

Tom

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I have a spare prop that is exactly the same model as the one on my outboard.  I do not carry it in the boat, however.  I keep it in my garage.

 

I don't think I would be able to change it out on the water even if I needed to.  I can't reach back that far, even with the outboard trimmed all the way up.  And I'm pretty tall with long arms too.

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38 minutes ago, Jigfishn10 said:

I was talking to a friend one day and we got into a discussion of what we carry on the water in case of emergencies. Besides the typical flares, flashlight, fire extinguisher etc. that you should have on the boat. I carry a NOCO boost (thanks A-Jay) in case I need to jump the battery, a pull cord in case the NOCO is dead and spare spark plugs, hand tools and such. I know I have more on there, but that's what comes to mind.

 

Interestingly, he asked if I carried a spare prop. I don't...well didn't...now I do. I was in a harbor on an outgoing tide away from the channel one day and was cruising slowly - no wake zone - over hard bottom. I bottomed out causing some minor damage to my prop. I never gave it a thought until we had this discussion that I got lucky. It made me think. Well, I got an extra one for the coming season. It was expensive, but a small insurance policy for the piece of mind.

 

How about you? 

You're welcome.

I do carry an extra TM prop & sheer pins but Do Not have a "Spare"  SS Tempest Plus

Clearly a good investment but I've yet to make it.

Especially at 700 American. 

I do carry a spare hub kit, and all the tools to change it if I were to ever spin it.

But that would only be of any practical use if the prop is still 'usable'. 

You're making me reconsider now . . . .

Thank You.

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A-Jay

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1 hour ago, gimruis said:

I have a spare prop that is exactly the same model as the one on my outboard.  I do not carry it in the boat, however.  I keep it in my garage.

 

I don't think I would be able to change it out on the water even if I needed to.  I can't reach back that far, even with the outboard trimmed all the way up.  And I'm pretty tall with long arms too.

Stand on dry land with the bow facing out for prop change while afield, you’ll have to touch your boat to a rock tho……

 

I’ve got a spare prop in both my boats, actually two extra ones in the shallow water vessel 

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4 minutes ago, TnRiver46 said:

Stand on dry land with the bow facing out for prop change while afield, you’ll have to touch your boat to a rock tho……

Lol I don’t do rocks. Is the OP referring to carry around a spare prop actually in the boat and change it while on the water? That’s kinda how I took it.

 

I’m never very far from my house anyways, so if I have to quit and go home early because of the prop, so be it. If I was on a long distance trip or a ways out from the access, then it would make sense to have one in the boat or truck.

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20 minutes ago, gimruis said:

Lol I don’t do rocks. Is the OP referring to carry around a spare prop actually in the boat and change it while on the water? That’s kinda how I took it.

 

I’m never very far from my house anyways, so if I have to quit and go home early because of the prop, so be it. If I was on a long distance trip or a ways out from the access, then it would make sense to have one in the boat or truck.

I’ve had to change them to get back to the truck 

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I have a spare trolling motor prop and shear pin. I don’t have a prop. I do keep all the tools if I need to take my jet grate off because I sucked something up it. This is one of the reasons why I do not like inboard jets. If I would suck an anchor line I could get over and hopefully fix it. Inboard I’d have to go scuba diving.

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I’m in an electric kayak so no outboard. However I carry a spare prop which doubles as my weedless prop. Also a wire shunt to connect my fish finder battery to my main battery and trolling motor in case something happens to the main battery. Which of course happened yesterday to prove the shunt was a good idea. I have the wrench and pliers to swap everything over. 
 

also carry wd-40, spare fuses, superglue, wet wipes, and various other small bits. I actually don’t carry a first aid kit and I should fix that. 

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I haven't made it to that point with my newer boat, but on my last one I did carry a spare prop for both the tm and outboard. I'm not sure if I'll be carrying both in the new ride or not. I do want to dial in my setup which may end up with me buying a different prop and I'd keep my current one as a spare, but I'm not sure if I'll have room in the back compartment to carry it with me like I did on the last one. 

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I thought we were specifically referring to the prop on the outboard.

 

Apparently some of us are thinking the prop on the bow mount.

 

I could change out my bow mount prop on the water. The outboard prop, no.

29 minutes ago, Jigfishn10 said:

You don’t think you can get to shore with your TM to change out a prop?

 

I have an oar on board too row. I also see plenty of boaters who would tow you in. 

I keep an expandable paddle on board too. My insurance policy states I can get towed too, if I need it.

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2 minutes ago, gimruis said:

I thought we were specifically referring to the prop on the outboard.

 

Apparently some of us are thinking the prop on the bow mount.

 

I could change out my bow mount prop on the water. The outboard prop, no.

I was talking about changing an outboard prop on the water, that’s why you have to get to dry land. You can change the trolling motor prop in the middle of the ocean 

 

I could trim my outboard all the way up and change the prop but it would be very ridiculous and tricky and the prop nut would have a 67% chance of ending up in the lake and then we are paddling haha 

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3 minutes ago, TnRiver46 said:

I could trim my outboard all the way up and change the prop but it would be very ridiculous and tricky and the prop nut would have a 67% chance of ending up in the lake and then we are paddling haha

That’s exactly why I can’t do it on the water. I don’t want to end up in the drink.

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7 minutes ago, gimruis said:

That’s exactly why I can’t do it on the water. I don’t want to end up in the drink.

Yea I would say get to shore, trim all the way up, and cut the wheel all the way. You should be basically holding the lower unit with your feet on shore, or somewhat close to it. But that why I said you’ll probably touch some rocks in the process, I would only do it if I can’t limp her back to the truck. I think I’ve always made it back in with my outboard but I keep a spare anyway. I’ve had to change them out in the river at least twice in my small boat, once after dark in the middle of a swift shoal that’s about a mile long………… had to walk thru about 75 feet of the river knee deep in blue jeans in March while dragging the boat, slight miscalculation .

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My Maxxum 70 and Endura Max 55 use the same prop, so I only carry one spare.

I also have a spare for my seldom used Merc 9.9 4-stroke.

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In addition to the coast guard required stuff I carry a NOCO jump box, first aid kit, (with tourniquet more on that later) blanket, towel, flashlight, tm prop, outboard prop, and various tools.  I've also got a compass, and matches in a waterproof container, but don't think either are necessary for my situation.  I'm not fishing in the wilderness.   

 

I dropped my glasses into the lake one time last year.  I can see "OK" without them I just get headaches.  However, I now have a spare pair of glasses in my boat too.   

 

A friend of mine (who's a Police Officer with first responder training) cut his self while fishing alone a couple years ago with a fillet knife.  He was bleeding pretty bad,  applied the tourniquet, and made if back to the landing, where there were people to help him.  He had cut "something" right next to his femoral artery.  The EMT's and his Dr said he wouldn't have made it without the tourniquet, training, and a cool head.  

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I have a spare for the outboard, and thankfully have not had to use it (yet).

Wouldn't be too hard to change it though. I’d either get to the shoreline with the trolling motor, and like @TnRiver46 said back it in ( I’d try for a less rocky area?), or I’d just tie up to one of the many docks and change it there. I don’t think many dock owners around here would have too many issues with a guy tying up in an emergency situation to quickly change a prop. 
 

@A-Jay, you could always grab an aluminum spare. Wouldn’t get the performance like with your stainless steel one, but definitely will get you back home, and with the extra money you saved, you could add one or two more Megabass jerkbaits to the pile ?

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I carry a spare prop for my outboard, at least I can get home. Don’t carry a spare prop for the trolling motor, probably should. Then my day of fishing won’t be ruined. I all so carry spark plugs, which I’ve had to use, and a a small tool kit. Try to able to get home, before I have to “ call a friend” but, I’ve done that too.

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You are required to have a throw cushion on public waterways. If you have a glass boat use it under the stern to cushion the stern when changing a prop on shore. Will you get your feet wet...yes, will you get back to the launch ramp yes.

Tom

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Carry spare prop for both trolling/outboard.

 

Also, I know most of you lying about not having a spare since this is a bass fishing board and I KNOW most of you bought some sorta stupid +/- pitch, 2-5 bladed prop trying to get that 3mph outta your outboard or a better holeshot laying around in the garage.

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