DISCLAIMER: I’m not promoting that you go out and do this conversion on your propel drive unit (you may void your warranty…), I am strictly sharing how I went about completing this task for those who may be contemplating or have thought of doing the same. The choice is strictly yours and yours alone…
Since purchasing my used Native Slayer Propel 10 a few months ago, I finally got around to performing my first inspection of the propel gear drive assemblies. I noticed that most of the lithium grease had flung off the contact areas of the gears where it is most needed – not good… I studied the parts breakdown of the propel drive unit online and also watched a maintenance video and disassembly video produced by Native Watercraft. When compared to a lower unit on an outboard motor or even a differential on a car, I saw no reason that the propel gear drives could not be in a constant gear oil bath as well. With this thinking in mind I chose to convert my drive to use a synthetic gear oil in the gear drive chambers and show how I went about accomplishing this task.
After this conversion I will be performing routine inspections on the propel drive gear assemblies and will report back if any failures occur but I highly doubt that this will be the case.
Visited the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens with the kids for the first time here in Florida. Nice zoo but quite small. There were not a lot of animals types to see, but still managed to have a good time before the afternoon sun made it too hot and uncomfortable.
For a while now I had been thinking of making a set of scupper drain covers for the Native Slayer 10 so I went ahead and began prototyping today and here is what I got done so far with the 3d printer…
Wow, while rummaging through old photos, I found my PB Bluefish from back in ’75… It sure brings back some awesome memories!
A small demonstration on how to begin having 3d files printed using a online 3D printing service when you do not own a 3d printer. I used 3DHubs for this example in which I have no affiliation with this company.
This was my solution to capturing video from high above on a large fishing vessel using a small diy camera pole with a solar powered battery bank for all day recording. I designed it to be placed on to a fishing rocket launch tube which are found on most large offshore fishing boats and be easily and quickly mounted as well as removed. Preferably the camera pole should be positioned in a rocket launch tube that will provide the camera with an unobstructed view for recording.
A dream come true for me to catch a Mahi-Mahi, a species that has been on the top of my bucket list of fish to catch for as long as I can remember with a bonus Red Snapper to finish the day!