I need some advise on reinstalling a prop on a Malibu. As some of you
might remember, at the end of the season last year I experienced a 4
mph loss from my top end. In anticipation of having the prop sent off
and checked, I had my dealer not reinstall the prop after removing it
during the winterization process. After posting my problem of the
loss of speed from my top end, the overwhelming advise from the ng was
to put the prop back on and check the calibration of the speedos
before sending the prop off.
So here I am, start of the season. I pulled the boat out of storage
and performed all the usual dewinterization. When I went to reinstall
the prop I ran into a problem. During the removal process last year,
the shop put the nylock nut back on the shaft. I tried to remove it,
(although not for very long because it was raining and cold). My
immediate problem was the drive shaft turns when I put a wrench and
try to turn the nylock nut. I tried putting the boat in gear in hopes
the transmission would engage and keep the drive shaft from turning.
Didn't work. I thought about putting a pipe wrench on the drive shaft
but decided against that because no matter how careful I was, I am
sure to mar the drive shaft.
Is there a tool that slips into the key slot to that allows you to
hold the drive shaft still while trying to get the nut off? I'm sure
there's a simple way to do this. Anyone got any words of wisdom?