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Old 08-02-2007, 11:34 AM
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Turtle ponds....[:'(] seems they wreack havoc on our struts ehhhh? I submit for your perusal and comments on some type of turtle gard.... short of depth charging the little and not so little soup bowls into the big diner in the sky, I've come up with this brain fart.....take a piece of heavy wire,bend it to an inverted vee w/backswept runner legs, attached to the strut spread the legs just far enuff so's not to disrupt water flow to the prop,and to a depth just below the prop,bend runner legs back far enuff to front of prop, all with sharpened edges,this will allow the strut/prop to ride over the obstacle without ripping off,or bending your strut,of course some drag will be induced, but my question to you is will it be negligible to the point that it is justifiable in it's application....seems to me it would be if your runnin in a turtle pond.......[:-]
Old 08-02-2007, 01:52 PM
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Hey... that's a good idea!!!

Can you send a pic or drawing for us sight hounds??

Thanks
Old 08-02-2007, 01:58 PM
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ummm.. wouldnt a break away fin and such be a better idea? no drag problems...
Old 08-02-2007, 04:23 PM
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we're talking about protecting the strut and prop kiddo.....[:-] we already have breakaway rudders and turn fins. ...
Old 08-02-2007, 04:54 PM
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or moreso protecting the turtle. I can just see ponds being lost because a group of people think its cruelty to the turtles.
Old 08-02-2007, 05:02 PM
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[:'(] FOOY on that noise. what can be done to save the hull ? I smoked a snapper with my Miss Bud and all I got back from that show was the left sponson and the rear wing [sm=drowning.gif][sm=confused.gif][sm=spinnyeyes.gif]
Old 08-02-2007, 11:28 PM
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We're in the Turtle's domain... they will always win when it comes to our boating. I've had two run-ins with them out of 6 times going to run my boats and it was not pretty, but it could have been a lot worse. So... hitting a turtle is inevitable!!!
What about the pic or drawing of the strut/propeller guard. Sounds like a good idea to me.
Old 08-02-2007, 11:46 PM
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I'll get it on here tomorrow....lol....stay tuned[&:]
Old 08-03-2007, 12:49 AM
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It's possible to do that to protect the prop and strut. It's done on trolling motors so why not on your boat?
Option 2 would be to put a skegged strut on it. Octura has them.
Old 08-04-2007, 10:16 AM
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Looks like it's airboat time! LOL!!!

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