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Old 25-03-2007, 10:54 PM   #1
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Evinrude standard skeg polish?

Hi guys, I'm changing the impeller of my Evinrude V4, just the routine job.
So I removed my lowerunit (see the pic)

My skeg is standard, no low water pick up. The paint is comming off, and that doesn't look so pretty... Also there are a few small damages on the fin... Nothing serious in my opinion.

Now, should I repaint it or polish it like Jonnyboy did on both his sportsmasters... ? Is there any benifit in polishing a standard Evinrude skeg or do I risk messing up my almost perfect setup ??

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Old 26-03-2007, 11:32 AM   #2
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Polished gearbox's are slower, but they look wicked
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Old 26-03-2007, 12:50 PM   #3
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To strip and mirror polish a gearbox is not difficult but it is very time consuming which makes it a pain to do yourself or expensive to pay someone else to do. I have two gearboxes, one painted and one polished by fellow Boatmadder Tank. The painted one is obviously not a problem because just a quick wash and rinse are all that's required but the polished one takes a lot of work to keep it looking anything like respectable. I do most of my boating on salt water but as your on the canals it might be different for you. I launched three times at Harderwijk last year and each time it looked cleaner when I came out than when I went in! They do look good "just polished", it's whether your prepared for the necessary upkeep. I think the fastest surface is the slightly matt finish achieved by glass bead blasting or the like and I'm sure someone on here will be able to state exactly how much difference there is between the two.
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Old 26-03-2007, 09:49 PM   #4
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Polished gearbox's are slower, but they look wicked
Thanks for that info guys !

I think I've read this somewhere before. I would 've expected to go quicker but it seems the surface texture of the skeg can be too smooth...
However I'm not sure if this is true at the speeds I'm going = 65mph... I guess it's far more important when you go towards tripple figure speeds ???

I don't mind the 1-time polishing, but don't wanna loose speed and neither wanna do the heavy cleaning job after each run... I guess it's better to repaint then... Do you guys have any advice on the paint I must use ??
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Old 27-03-2007, 12:43 AM   #5
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If you've decided to repaint then why not add a low water pick-up nose cone and perhaps a torque tamer at the same time. Get the skeg repaired, a nice paint job, jack the engine up another two inches and you might yet gain some mph.
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Old 28-03-2007, 06:04 PM   #6
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Thx gar ! But I was told a low water pickup will slow you down with speeds below 65mph... Can you specialists confirm this ?
Don't want to jack up the engine any higher than it is now... I did some extensive testing with engine height : any higher and I'll ruin the handling : too much prop ventilation while cornering...

-> If I go for a repaint : I think I should repair the small damages with epoxy...
-> Also what type of paint should I use ? (of course in matching colour)

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What you heard is right, you do not need a nosecone, but I would buy a water preassure and temp gauge if I were you! Or buy a waterpickup, easier to install than a nosecone and you dont ruin a standard gearbox and you get better cooling A Nosecone also lifts the rear end of the boat and then you can loose your bowlift and speed! About the paint; I think if you contact an OMC dealer they would have the correct colour and paint for you! Good luck
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