View Full Version : Tracking Fin replacement
06-20-2012, 03:24 PM
I have a two part question for anyone who has bent a tracking fin. I have a severe bend (from a submerged log). Replacing it myself seems to be a pretty straight forward, the only tricky part is breaking the sealant right? My other concern is that I may have damaged something else. Everything looks fine from what I can see, but I'm getting a LOT of vibration. Can that result from just a severely bent tracking fin?
I dont think a bent tracking fin would cause severe vibration. Severe vibration is generally caused by a bent prop or shaft. The prop may not look that bad but if you compare the blades, I bet one or more are tweaked and that will cause a severe vibration. Same with a shaft but you most likely wont be able to see the shaft is bent with a naked eye.
Changing out the fin is straight forward. If you cannot pull it off easily a heat gun will help and I read about people using piano wire to slice between it and the hull. I had to change out a thruhull and used a heat gun.
06-20-2012, 04:39 PM