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post #11 of Old 04-17-2006 Thread Starter
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The prop was made by Autoprop. I forwarded the pics to Caliber and they said that they have never seen a prop blade sheer like that. They too believe that the prop failed. Be warned if you have an Autoprop. As for the comment above about the strut being inferior, Caliber's comment was that it was a good thing that the strut was 2 peice (and thus allowed it to break off). If it had been one piece it could have ripped a hole in the hull - and we would have certainly sunk the boat. Our friends have a Tartan that this happened to. Their boat "sunk" in their slip when they inadvertantly wrapped a dock line around their prop, and pulled their strut out completely through their hull. (Upon inspection, it was determined that the strut had been damaged and badly repaired.)

LaLeLu 40' Caliber
Merritt Island, FL
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