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    Angry Mishap on the River

    While I'm cruising the Columbia, where I boated all last year, I'm telling my girlfriend to watch for logs and such, and pointed out some. I'm turning, and BAMB!....

    Homelite Lower Leg.jpg

    Ed Ewing in Cal. is sending me up a lower leg with new bearings and seals, etc.

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    Ouch, but stuff happens on the river (and our lakes down here). Ed's a great guy. I bought my rebuilt F block from him and it runs great. It sat covered all winter and when I hit the starter (fresh gas & battery) it lit right up. Hope he's around for a while longer.
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    Wow, were you running wide open?
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    Now I feel guilty for buying your parts motor, That's the real cause here. Its better to start with a fresh one new bearings might help it seal up. Your trailer looks really good. The salt over here makes trailer restoration futile.

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    I got a lower leg from Ed, came yesterday. New seals, roller bearings, used studs, all for $80. Great guy. Older than dirt
    Wasn't running full out, but was executing a turn, so the lower unit struck what ever it was at an angle, the damage was kind of a sideways smack and twist action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davriker View Post
    I got a lower leg from Ed, came yesterday. New seals, roller bearings, used studs, all for $80. Great guy. Older than dirt
    Wasn't running full out, but was executing a turn, so the lower unit struck what ever it was at an angle, the damage was kind of a sideways smack and twist action.
    Just as a warning of places Not to go....
    Back in the day were you used to launch by Sun Dial, just east of there and those power lines, stay in the main channel as those rock cropping's are pretty close to the surface when the water is low. I have seen a few people go jetting though that area and hit them.
    In fact, that is yet another reason that I like foaming under the deck floor to the hull. You would have to punch a hole clear up into the cabin or deck floor before you would take on any water..

    Glad you got the goodies you need.

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    Looking at the picture it looks like the gear box itself is undamaged and an upper case replacement might give you a spare.

    Having worked at Sundial Marine for 23yrs as you know Joe, I've seen it all out there! Not only the rocks but the sand bar from the Sandy river would ground a lot of boats at low tide. I remember on night when a speed boat made it halfway into a log boom!
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