I hit an underwater log today on the Willamette. I wasn't going very fast... probably only 5mph or less when I heard that terrible "thud" underneath. Honestly, I might have even been in Neutral... can't remember.
After that my boat vibrates when you give it throttle... the more throttle the more vibration. So I limped back to the ramp and pulled her out of the water... looks like just a bent prop (only one of the blades... see top blade in pics below)
But would a bent prop cause that vibration? The shaft and everything else appears okay.
I'm trying to decide if I should take the entire boat to the dealer or pull the prop off and take it in for repair at an independent prop shop. I'd hate to get just the prop fixed only to find the vibration is still there.
Thoughts? What would you do? I'd like to keep this repair to a minimum $$ as it's my 2nd underwater hit of the season. The first one was ugly.
Is there a way I can diagnose this myself? Run some sort of out-of-water test to see what's causing the vibes?
What would you do?