Old as Dirt!
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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It takes all of about two seconds to pull the impeller and replace it with the dumb plug. You can easily press the pin out of the paddle-wheel and remove that and pull the paddles and then clean the paddles and housing. I do this on our boat about once a month. I spray the paddle-wheel shaft with a little SailKote to ensure the wheel spins freely and then apply a little Neosporin to the paddle-wheel and the plug to slow down and growth. When the water's cold that's good for about 3 months. During the summer months--here in Florida-- it's good for 4-5 weeks.
FWIW we use a "KnotStick" to calibrate the Knot-meter. Speed through the water may not be useful to some, but we find it beneficial went evaluating apparent wind and of course, maintaining a DR.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."