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post #17 of Old 07-15-2008
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I go over the side at least twice a summer to clean the prop. Besides loading the engine, I lose at least half a knot with a dirty prop. We often swim off the boat and cleaning the prop, checking the centerboard and rudder are normal maintenance things. I keep a masks and fins on the boat for just this reason (and in case I snag a crab pot). I use a putty knife. Works great; sometimes I skin a knuckle, but nothing significant. I like the gloves idea, though.

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