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New prop shaft arrived

May 16 2007 at 10:41 AM

Paul  (Premier Login FEfinaticP)

Response to * Update on the 20' fiberglass Sea Skiff project (an "almost Commander")

Check out this link if anyone wants a great looking prop shaft CNC machined like the one in the photo below!!!!!

I called my friendly machine shop and my contact (the owner) is out of the office and nobody else can give me a price. I checked with DBYS and they have the handy dandy price listing on line for stainless steel shafting, they have a CNC machine in house, they do this all the time, and the shipping from FL to Nashville is ten bucks.

So I have a new stainless steel shaft on the way for my project boat.

Anyone out there need a shaft, check with these guys to check price. Their shipping cost can't be beaten, and it will take about a week for your shaft to appear at your doorstep.

Checking back to last year when I had two new shafts done for my 38 Commander, these prices are considerably better than I paid at my friendly cross-town machine shop. However, in fairness to them, I can't recall now what the cost of the raw ss stock was. In any case, it pays to shop around.

Regards, Paul

a few days later

Look what just arrived in a cardboard shipping tube, complete with nuts and keys!

I appreciate fine machine work no matter what the occasion. Whether it is a fine vintage Heuer or Beretta shotgun, and yes even a prop shaft. This work (as I think you can see) is far beyond what I expected in a lowly underwater shaft.

The nut, locknut, keys and cotter key came with the shaft as a part of the price.

Even the forward end that mates up with the transmission hub is polished to an almost jewelry grade finish. AMAZING !

Below is what I would have normally expected to see. Both will work, and probably both will work equally fine, however I do admire the workmanship any time I encounter top quality work. These days it's in short supply too.

Regards, Paul

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