The Bow Thruster Project - Part 18: Painting the Propellers

We've been to the boat today and ran the new 9 meter Teleflex gear shift cable. It was an awful job as it meant removing everything we had stored in the mid cabin and putting it into the saloon and then disassembling most of the panels in the mid cabin to access the cable from the throttle controls at the helm. We then found that the six bolts holding the throttle levers to the helm were completely rusted and we ended up snapping each one off. They clearly had not been touched for a huge amount of years. We then taped the new cable to the end of the old and pulled it through to the engine bay. We will leave the mechanic to fit the rest of the cable through the transom shield as we were told that the tube that the cable goes through the transom shield in is very delicate and tearing a hole in it could potentially cause water to come in, eventually filling the engine bays with water. So we will leave it to the yard when they refit that drive.

We also gave the hull another one coat of polish. It means that the polish will last longer and Bandit will stay looking nice. Hopefully until she's next out.

We brought our two aft propellers and propeller cones home from the port and starboard drives to give them a lick of paint. We purchased some International Trilux Prop-O-Drev grey primer from our marina chandlery and also found some International Trilux Prop-O-Drev in the colour gloss black. Previously we've just used some car paint from a local car store but that paint always seems to come off a couple of days after we've used the boat. So by spending a lot of money on this proper propeller paint, we hope it will last a lot longer. We've been spraying them in the garden at home today and will give them a good couple of coats to ensure it lasts as long as possible. There's no real point in painting the propellers apart from them looking nice.


  1. Ran new Teleflex 9meter gear cable from helm to engine bay
  2. Brought propellers home for spraying
  3. Primed both aft propellers & prop cones with International Trilux Prop-O-Drev in colour grey
  4. Painted both aft propellers & prop cones with International Trilux Prop-O-Drev in colour gloss black
  5. Gave the hull another one coat of polish


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