Bollinger Now Offers Online Propeller Repair Advice

Thursday, March 08, 2001
Bollinger Quick Repair (BQR), the ship repair and conversion facilities of Bollinger Shipyard has gone online with its new service, which aims to save vessel owners and operators money, as well as helping vessels to run more efficiently. The service is available via any of Bollinger's 14 shipyard in Louisiana and Texas.

"Experience in our quick repair shipyard has shown that many new vessels are outfitted with under performing propellers for the type and work of the boat," said Jim Smith, BQR's engineering and technical manager. "Our new system, for propellers of at least 36 in., can help prevent that while speeding up the production of new propellers and the repair or modification of others."

Smith added that a problem is obviously visible when propellers are damaged. However, he cited that when a vessel is not performing as expected, the propellers are often the wrong size, pitch diameter, style, or material. Bollinger offers a solution to this by recommending and providing the proper propeller for new boats, and suggesting and performing remedies for repair or modifications.

Bollinger encourages direct customer input when dealing with propeller repair, therefore the company invites customers to either visit its Harvey, La. site on long onto its Web site at: www.bollingershipyards.com, where they will find a propeller request form. By completing this, customers can provide Bollinger with useful information about their vessel's engines, gears, shaft size, diameter and pitch. This direct customer input allows Bollinger's propeller engineers to analyze the data efficiently, and evaluate the proposed propellers for new boats and those already outfitted. In most cases, according to Smith, "Bollinger can respond in 24 hours. For those clients with existing wheels, we can analyze the wheel at our Harvey facility on our computerized pitchometer, and then perform the needed correction on site."

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