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Wood Zeppelin



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2024 12:17 pm    Post subject: Repaired Skeg on an used lower unit ok? Reply with quote

I've found a used replacement lower unit I'm considering buying (40hp Honda). The paint is worn off at the tip of the skeg, and underneath is a dark color that looks like primer. The seller says a part of the skeg the size of a silver dollar was chipped of, but welded and repaired.

Any reason to worry about this? Or just touch up the paint and run with it!?

PS - I have had props welded and repaired before, never any issue, so I figure this is the same?

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ssobol



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2024 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't worry about it. Any paint you put on it will wear off quickly.
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thataway



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2024 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is not unusual to weld back chunks of skegs. I would want to be sure that all of the seals are still good. The heat from welding can damage the seals. A good professional will be certain that those seals are OK.
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journey on



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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2024 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I knocked the lower part of the skeg off on Journey On. That's aluminum. Had it welded by a good welder and never thought about it until today. I guess the seals were good, never leaked.

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T.R. Bauer



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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2024 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is not something I'd worry about at all. And as far as overheating the case from welding? It's possible, but a welder that knows which end of the TIG torch to weld with would not do something like that.
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