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Re: Haven't found swimmable water since lake Erie. Spots in florida?

The Stadium anchorage in Miami is really swimable. Clear blue water, well protected, good access to the city. Bus stop is right there, quarter mile or less from where you land your dinghy.

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Re: Haven't found swimmable water since lake Erie. Spots in florida?

I'm hijacking this thread to ask - are you sure it's something on the prop? The reason I ask is that I became a first-time boat owner recently and my engine has a similar problem - knocking loudly at about the same RPM. I was assuming the motor mounts were going bad, but perhaps I should be thinking that it's the prop? Nobody seemed to question your theory, so I'm assuming it's valid.


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I'm hijacking this thread to ask - are you sure it's something on the prop? The reason I ask is that I became a first-time boat owner recently and my engine has a similar problem - knocking loudly at about the same RPM. I was assuming the motor mounts were going bad, but perhaps I should be thinking that it's the prop? Nobody seemed to question your theory, so I'm assuming it's valid.
So I'm up on the hard in titusville florida and the mystery is solved. I did check my mounts before hauling and they are fine. I narrowed mine to prop/shaft because in the Chesapeake when it first started I crawled into my lazarette hoping something was just vibrating down there but nope, I could feel the knock coming from outside the hull.

TLDR. My engine came slowly out of alignment. My stern tube/shaft log is such a close tolerance it actually allowed the shaft to contact it when vibrating under load. See pics before and after. I've adjusted it properly now for actual clearance around the shaft and my couplers are bang on. Once in the water I'll give it 48hrs to get back into natural shape and then I'll re-align it again. Problem solved!
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