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Randell 'Randy' Kocurek

Just to complete the report for any other Westsailors who may wish to install a line cutter, I learned alot. Installation was previously custom made, and I further customized the fitting for the cost of a few cheap parts and a couple more days in the yard. Apparently, the line cutter blade component was a five inch diameter set of blades, but the mounting wedge was oversized as an F mold, which is apparently not standard for the five inch blades as I understood the factory rep. Plus, the mounting wedge was cut down on the forward edge by about 1/4 of its length and a partial cylindrical (like 1/3 of a tube) shaped piece of stainless steel was welded on. The curved steel matched the stern tube and had holes drilled so that one could drop the propellor shaft and drill and tap two mounting holes in the stern tube. I tweaked a little here and there and shortened the trailing edge of the mounting wedge by 1/8 inch. I also added a zinc to the mounting wedge into the cavity the manufacturer had designed to allow for bolting onto a steel plate. Plus, the shaft extension or shaft saver that was already in place before I started was an essential element of the system. Maybe nobody cares. If they anyone does want to consider installing a line cutter, at least they may want to consider the complexities I found.
Thanks Bud. It was worth it for me.

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