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    Total calamity Monday, rope in prop

    Ok, this is the first time I have ever had a rope sucked in the prop, about 10' to be exact. We were camping and about 4:00am the winds came, the water level was raised and all h__L broke loose. We sucked a tie up rope into the pump, I can see it all wraped around the drive shaft it is not coming out without a fight. Whats the easiest way, remove the grate and work it out or remove the pump and pull it off the shaft?


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    Take off the intake grate and cut it up as much as you can. Work with it from there

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    I've heard that some people have had luck by removing the spark plugs and then carefully reversing the engine. If you get lucky the rope will unwind itself and you don't have to remove the grate.

    So this happened at 4:00 a.m. - that must have been fun.

    Was this on the Columbia river, or somewhere else?

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    When you get it out, keep an eye on that carbon seal, a rope can put a lot of stress on the shaft and you don't want that thing to start leaking on you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mason Lake View Post
    I've heard that some people have had luck by removing the spark plugs and then carefully reversing the engine. If you get lucky the rope will unwind itself and you don't have to remove the grate.

    So this happened at 4:00 a.m. - that must have been fun.

    Was this on the Columbia river, or somewhere else?
    Yes it did, up on Lake Roosevelt about a 5 miles up from Keller Ferry. All hell roke loose, we had a houseboat that was wanting to take the Sea Doos with it. One minute its mildly blowing the next its a gale, didnt help they raised the water level 4' over normal either, logs, and wood everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoYamma View Post
    When you get it out, keep an eye on that carbon seal, a rope can put a lot of stress on the shaft and you don't want that thing to start leaking on you...
    Just a abnormal amount of water in the hull?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstennes View Post
    Yes it did, up on Lake Roosevelt about a 5 miles up from Keller Ferry. All hell roke loose, we had a houseboat that was wanting to take the Sea Doos with it. One minute its mildly blowing the next its a gale, didnt help they raised the water level 4' over normal either, logs, and wood everywhere.
    Wow, I'm sure you won't forget about that experience.

    I've driven by Lake Roosevelt a couple of times but I've never taken my ski there.

    Hopefully you'll have an easy time removing the rope and you'll be able to enjoy the rest of your trip.

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    Hope you don't have a leaking carbon seal.

    Happend a few times to me also.but never had a leak afterwards.

    Mostly repaired at the spot,a long screwdriver and a sharp knife are must haves.
    Can be done with the grate on,but takes some time.

    Easy way is pulling the intake grate,but thats only if you have the right tools with you.

    Other wise repair it at home,with all the tools avalaible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richrxp View Post
    Hope you don't have a leaking carbon seal.

    Happend a few times to me also.but never had a leak afterwards.

    Mostly repaired at the spot,a long screwdriver and a sharp knife are must haves.
    Can be done with the grate on,but takes some time.

    Easy way is pulling the intake grate,but thats only if you have the right tools with you.

    Other wise repair it at home,with all the tools avalaible.
    I took most all tools to do most if not all minor repairs, I have never sucked a rope, untill now and to be honest I didnt really feel like rolling it over and cutting it out, since we needed to trailer it for best results we just left it untill we towed it home, I'll do it here on the trailer.

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    I always do it on the trailer also.

    Works best and can be done at the water.

    Good luck on the cutting!

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