We got this cool note and pics from longtime fellow Woody Boater Gary Michael from Inland Boatworks, makes you think, mmm this is actually a very good idea, and I am sure saved the day..a lot. I know of some old prop guys that could just tap here and there and Poof, done. But this is an idea I had not thought of. I wonder if you could make one of these out of a material. Concrete? And have around? Take it away Gary.
Thanks Matt- This 80 lb cast unit was given to me by Ivan Phelps long time boat restorer here in the lake’s region of N.H. well into his 80’s is still in the game. This was used on the Connecticut Lakes here in Northern N.H. by loggers using Historic Launches to move wood to mills, when the props were bent this was the unit used to straighten things out.
Put her in the cast mold and pound away with a sledge. Not quite H+H accuracy but it kept them working. There are 4 Connecticut Lakes starting in Pittsburg N.H. and the 4th overlapping into Canada and are the headwaters of the Connecticut River. The prop in this is 8×13 probably standard on the work boats. Tough country in Northern N.H. the 1900’s you had to make things up to survive