I'm thinking of buying a Mac's River Runner Prop Guard to put on my small outboard. Any opinions on this product? It looks as if you have to drill a few holes in the skeg to install?
Definitely cheaper but prop is still exposed to damage when backtrolling, reverse and drift fishing over hazzards. I used pitchforks and similar but ended up going with a Macs and have had zero prop damage going on 8 years now fishing tuff areas. It has paid for itself many, many times.A cheaper way is to mount a pitchfork on the lower unit with hose clamps. Mount it with the points of the fork towards the prop so the back of the fork hits the obstruction and moves the lower unit away from whatever it is hitting and protects the prop.
Thanks, I'm mostly taking it in the Schuylkill and back bays/rivers near the Delaware Bay. It's not cheap, but neither is replacing props.I put the below Mac River Prop Guard on my 25 Johnson several years ago & it has performed well in the rocks below Conowingo Hydro Plan(Lower Susky) and the prop eating Chincoteague oyster beds. Boat is a Lund 16' SSV. Before prop guard I was lucky to get a trip where I wasn't doing prop damage. I went with the trolling style based on a friends recommendation who fished same areas as me. Skeg needs to be drilled for installation.
You will be well pleased with a Macs!!