‘This can put even the more experienced into a panic, especially when they check and find nothing’
WITH THE ONSET of autumn, the fun will start for inexperienced inland boaters when the trees shed their leaves.
When they fall into the canal or river they tend to pack around the spinning propeller so the boat goes slower and slower while the engine might labour, overheat and possibly produce black smoke. This can put even the more experienced into a panic, especially when they check the weedhatch and find nothing around the prop: when it stops, the leaves tend to float away!
Over the next few months, if you lose power for no reason just slip the boat into reverse and give it a rev. You may see the leaves dispersing all around the back of the boat.
It’s also worth a try if you think the prop has picked something up at other times of the year. Reverse can throw debris back off.