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Pulling Propellers

Photography by Capt. Vincent Daniello

Pulling a propeller - Photography by Capt. Vincent Daniello

With the right tool, pulling propellers is pretty simple.

Propeller advances help boats achieve today’s cruising speeds and fuel economies, but props with five or more blades can be tricky to remove and are even subject to prop damage from pullers common just a decade ago. Fortunately though, the after edges of a propeller hub can be drilled and tapped for a PropSmith ( or similar propeller puller. “It’s by far the easiest puller to use, especially for someone who doesn’t do it every day,” says Jeremy Dennard, service manager at Barnacle Busters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (, a company (in the interest of full disclosure) owned by my brother.

This article originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.