Protecting the skegg of your outboard or stern drive is essential in preventing costly repairs down the road, ensuring the value of your motor. For that one time, when you forget to trim up across a shallow flat or that one rock seemed to jump out of nowhere. We’ve all been there.
What is the purpose of a skegg? The skegg of your outboard or stern drive motor serves two highly important functions. The skegg acts as a precise rudder, allowing the motor to turn your boat accurately and safely. This function is especially needed by high performance boats such as bass boats where on plane the skegg plays a critical role in steering. The steering torque that builds without a functional skegg can be extremely dangerous to control the boat’s direction in a safe manner.
Second, the skegg allows essential protection of your propeller from debris in the water and running aground. Most, if not all, motor skeggs are built out of aluminum. As a softer metal, this part tends to chip or break during impact situations.