Hello from Perth. I have had a hilarious week doing normal business in the factory only to have

one of  my clients email me a copy of a specials sheet doing the rounds throughout Australia

from , you guessed it, the unceremoniously sacked ex solas dealer in Queensland with actual

photos of him in mainland chinese factories having original equipment propellers etc copied

and selling off as his own.

So the warning is, if you see products for sale with 'original design manufacture' or 'factory direct'

you will know very well that these are cheap unwarranted copies with little or no quality control,

warranty or backup service without repair capabilities. Enough on that ongoing tragic.

SOLAS are hard at work designing and re designing propellers with a couple of new ideas ready for

release next month so stand by. Us, we are fully stocked up with a new container arriving this morning

ready for the new season,albeit a very late start.

cheers for now

Michael and Cheryl

Here it is the 9th of the month already and no blog from me yet. Well here goes. Its been a little busier

after the boatshow but as well all know the weather is the major factor in boating and peoples intensions

to get out on the water more often.

Every day I see another mobile marine mechanic break out on his own after doing a secure apprenticeship

at a dealership, only to last a few months then try to rejoin the workforce again. Its the same with propeller

shops. We see them coming into the market with aftermarket items that have not been tried and tested in

Australian conditions and time and time again we see massive failures in these copy products. Its to the

point that several rescue organisations when confronted with a propeller failure ask why you dont have a spare

and why you would risk a breakdown for a few bucks. I have heard of  accounts being submitted for breakdowns

that actually are caused by sub standard equipment. So be careful and mindful of buying ALL gear for your vessel

that has a certain reputation and warranty as some do not.

Which leads me to the same old SOLAS rant.


Show me another Company that puts that in writing.

cheers for now

Michael and Cheryl

Hello again. This years boatshow starts on Friday the 21 st of September and goes through to the Monday

long weekend. We are exhibiting again this year with SOLAS propducts, Fender Bouy mooring bouys and a new 

suspension seat base made by Mike Edwards of Vent Right fame.

With this in mind boatshows need to be set up and manned so we will need to close for a few part days listed below;






Please keep in mind that my mobile still works and I can be reached at any time.


Michael and Cheryl


Busy month this. September always is. With the Perth International Boatshow on Show long weekend,

our boat Yantina's annual out of water survey due, its going to be a busy month. With this in mind we

will have to close at certain afternoons to set up Show stands and pull Yantina out of the water, so please,

do morning enquiries this month.

We have some exciting things at the show this year;

A mooring float for those with a mooring with the latest in anti dent technology fitted to it

SOLAS Bravo three stainless in 28 pitch on show

20 pitch SOLAS hr titan 4 blade stainless steel new to Perth

16 pitch SOLAS lexor plus 3 blade stainless steel also new to Perth

A suspension seat base designed and built by a friend of mine at Mikes machining

as well as the normal drink holders, free split pins and lollies.

Will see you all there


Michael and Cheryl

Back from the week off, fully refreshed with a double dose of Bali flu. Seems we didnt miss much though.

Cold windy with the normal August start for the passed three years. One thing we have noticed since getting

back is the way Product substitution is slowly creeping back into business. We have just had an $800.00 SOLAS

Hr titan 4 stainless propeller come down from up north that the client complained about a vibration through the

whole rev range after having the Propeller rebushed elsewhere in Perth. On inspection we found a Mercury

plastic drive sleeve with their thrust washer and rear drive spacer fitted to a SOLAS rubex drive. Sure, they

fit but when tightened, the plastic drive sleeve dollys around losely and doesnt grip the housing, coursing

out of round performance. So please note, SOLAS RUBEX bush kits work in Original equipment Propellers

bush their torque flow kits do not work in SOLAS Propellers.The only reason for this is that the O/E kits were

designed 30 years ago and rubex designs are 4 years old

thats all for now


Michael and Cheryl

Hello again.




Busy time of the year with the end of financial year, winter down south and busy up north,

school holidays etc. Its all happening. Its a great time of the year to do all those rotten jobs around the

house, on the boat what ever goes when you cant go boating. My favorite is wheel bearings and steering.

Now back to propellers and the associated things that happen day to day. We are having a rush of

older propellers bought it that clearly havent had enough grease applied or even often enough. This is

a winter job. Takes 5 minutes to remove the propeller, grease the parts and refit it. With our new Rubex

bush system you need to check the nut for tightness regularly as this system grips the bush, not the

propeller, for gearbox protection and safety so the nut needs to be firm at all times.

The rubex system is so popular and successful that with all new ideas and upgrades there tends to be

someone that wants to make a buck out of it the easy way. The rubex bush  has been copied via mainland

casting agents in China contacted by some very lose Australian businesses trying to make a buck the easy way.

Its illegal and dangerous to fit a plain packaged copy item to a SOLAS propeller that doesnt have the same specs

on the rubber drive for a start. Even down to the nylock nut using inferior nylon in its end.

So unless you get the distinct RUBEX dark blue carton with SOLAS and their patent number inprinted on the carton,

you are buying an inferior copy. They are not cheaper. As a matter of fact we supply these free with the purchase

of a Rubex Propeller as well as a spare insert with every Stainless purchase.

Ok back to the grind for us. have a good month.


Michael and Cheryl

Hello again. It is becoming more and more common for us to have problems with trial propellers being returned damaged.

This has always been a problem that people just dont seem to understand. When a propeller is supplied it is of the understanding

that a 30 minute or less trial will take place and if the propeller is not satisfactory, not damaged and can be resold as new, then it

will be exchanged for the correct propeller based on the data you achieve from the trial.

Now I have another yachty, he named himself on my google review so I guess its ok to mention Craig Baird of SOPYC wanting

to return a propeller with damage to all 4 blades and not have any consequences. A return fee of $45.00 , the difference between

the damaged propeller and the cheaper replacement  propeller didnt seem to be a huge price to pay as I would need to reduce the

price to sell the damaged one. But good ol Craig seems hell bent on tarnishing my name with google reviews and a day on court.

Please, ask around the trade. We are the only Company that allows trials both to dealers and the public but if the trend continues

then we will have to consider stopping the service all together.

cheers for now

Michael and Cheryl

Pretty rare that I get up on the soapbox this late in the month but there is quite a few things putting the Marine Industry down

at present and they dont seem to be getting any better. First off, we have a large dealer in Mandurah telling his now lost

customer that I charge $220.00 to rebush an alloy 60 horsepower propeller. Mate, thats the SOLAS price for a new 13 spline

propeller with a full 5 year warranty. We actually charge $83.00 but most of the mexican castings you sell cant handle the

5 tonne pressure and so fail.Then he tried to sell him some 4 blade alloy new thing for $380.00 with no mentioned

warranty at all. Best is the merc 4 blade doesnt even fit the clients gearbox without the new thrust washer that they dont supply!

Also when you tell a client that you are fixed price and  wont do anything about it, THEY WALK ! cheers for the new customer.

He left here with the correct prop, a bunch stubbie holders and a promise to tell half of mandurah about you .

Until the Marine Industry stops stiffing eachother, we will sit behind the caravan sector as a group of fools. I went to a caravan

show once and asked a question, ' what makes your van better than that one". The answer still rings in my ears, ' that van is

 good for what its made for, ours is better". enough said.

Second we have a serious situation with a changing of distributor in the Eastern States. I have no problem answering calls

from all over Australia, passing on information etc and the new numbers where to buy from over there now. Please understand

I have the only SOLAS stock holding in Australia at present so all propellers will come from here until stocks are delivered to them.



2. ALL MARINE SPARES   1800 677 436

Simply ask for SOLAS by name. Its simple. Its marked on every box, propeller and carton they make so dont be fooled by people trying

to pass of cheaper copies of SOLAS items in the future.

Finally, I got called a price scalper earlier this year by a dealer that carries a solas made jet pump that I also carry. I had a little search

only to see on his website that he sells the pump for $2340.00 whereas I retail the pump for $1500.00 each. Go figure.

Cheers for now and happy easter

Michael and Cheryl

Hello again,

during the last six months SOLAS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, the parent company, has been battling with the idea of changing

the Eastern State's distributor rights for their own reasons. Well, after many months of non compliance by the existing distributor,

it has happened. The new distributor of  SOLAS products for all states accept W.A  is;


1800 677 436, 02 99972788.

All the best to Jason and his team. I am sure they will do SOLAS proud.

In the meantime, Just Propellers WA has the only stock holding in Australia so if you are from the other states, please be mindfull

that all sales are being supplied out of Perth at present, until AMS receives their stock direct from the Taiwan factory.

Back to Perth and the absolute devistating weather on the weekends lately. Its just killing boating this season and even making the

weeds grow quicker on my old boat sitting in the pen doing nothing. Make sure to give the bottom a scrub instead of a high speed blast

to remove growth. It will save your propeller bushes if you manually clean it rather than trying to drive it off.

Thats about all for now


Michael and Cheryl










Well hello again.January just seems such a blur now as it went so fast I didnt even attempt a blog. There wasnt much to

report only that we worked through most of Xmas and the new year because of a sickness in the family and the bloody wind

didnt help either. So it worked out ok for everybody.

February is a different situation. We are sad to announce that we, Just Propellers WA will not support, condone or back any

of the business dealings of the Eastern states SOLAS dealer and take no responsibility for their actions, accounts or dealings.

Not much can be said at this point but a huge change is about to happen with distribution to the other six states. We will keep

you informed the minute it all happens.

Yamaha. It can be said that SOLAS is now making in our factory, a range of yamaha propellers directly for yamaha in SOLAS

high chromium flexible stainless steel that should see them look and perform far better than a painted stainless propeller.

Well done SOLAS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING for being the premium producer of quality products in the marine Industry.

Thats all for now


Michael and Cheryl

Well its over half way through the month and I have only just sat down to attempt the final blog for the year.

It has been a hell of a year with many changes ready to come in the new year. New products and  a few surprises

as far as SOLAS is concerned. Stay tuned for those.

On a more general note, we in Perth pioneered the 30 minute prop trial in W.A. which seems to have been taken

advantage of of late in that, a trip to rotto or shark bay does not justify a trial period. It actually means you own the

Propeller whether it works or not. Especially when they come back looking very secondhand. So, remember, prop

trials are 30 minutes in the water or less and then the prop needs to be able to be sold as new to be exchanged.

We are the only company in W.A. that allows this so please keep to the guidelines and we will keep doing the trials.

Well it comes to opening hours over this Christmas period.

We have decided to open on the available working days;

open December 27,28 and 29 till midday then January 2,3,4 and 5 as  normal.

We at Just Propellers WA wish to thank all of our clients for dealing with us throughout the year and we hope to continue

this relationship for many years to come.


Michael and Cheryl

Hello again, its nearly Christmas again. They come around quickly these days.

Well we are fully stocked up for the new year ahead so there really is not a propeller we cannot supply out

of the extensive range we carry. From memory i cut myself short on 11 pitch 25 johnson propellers so that

not too bad. We are seeing a huge range of shortages in engines, gearboxes and propellers from other makers.

You just cant sell it if you havent got it. I wise old mentor of mine said that 15 years ago when we set up the shop.

This is extremely evident this week when I lent a rescue crew a left hand rotation propeller because their engine supplier

couldnt supply a right hand gearbox. Part of our service is to keep the rescue boat on the water but, really?

So whats new this month?

16 pitch. we seem to be having a run on setups that require split pitches .

So SOLAS  came to the party.

We can now supply;

D 3 X 13.5 X16 right hand stainless for 60-140 hp

E 3 X 15 .3 X 16 left and right stainless for v6 gearbox

and E4 X 14.5 X 14 and 16 pitch hr titan 4 blade right only. these are exclusive to W.A.

Thats about all for now


Michael and Cheryl

Hello again, its been a  busy month, with us being away in August, then rushing to Sydney to support

the Eagles in their quest for finals glory and now back to business and straight into a boatshow.

We will need to close this FRIDAY THE 22ND OF SEPTEMBER, to man the stand. Number 2 booth inside

if you are visiting. It would be nice to see you.

As a special boatshow thankyou, approach me to sign a $100.00  off voucher  for any stainless purchase

115 horsepower and above.Retail customers only, one per person.

cheers for now,

Michael and Cheryl 

Hello again, I need to inform you all that we will be closing the business for a 3 week period

due to some very slack and unprofessional relief staff that I had organised that decided to cancel

at the last minute. 





Many thanks for your kind understanding on this matter.


Michael and Cheryl 

The july school holidays are with us again.

Generally its the time to head up North or overseas depending on which floats ya boat.

Its also a time to book in for the yearly service on the engine you are running. Most mechanics are sitting

around waiting for the phone to ring this time year so take a tip from me and service now and not in the

heat of the pre Summer rush when every man and his dog wants it done straight away. Its the same in my

workshop. You want a rebush or rebuild done? Now is the time compared with a 3 week wait after October.

You may have noticed  the extension of our Bravo 2 sale for another month. It has been so successful that

we would be silly to end it now. So check it out. Big savings to be made on those.

Thats about all for now


Michael and Cheryl

What an amazing month has just passed. May was a total surprise with many new fitups in areas that are not

well renowned for big engine sales. We were glad we were asked to help and in all cases achieved the correct

rpm on the first trialls.This helps when the dealers have to take the vessel on seatrials to sign off on warranties.

They like to get it right the first time. We find this sets the scene for the engines life, being set up correctly from

new. So I would suggest that when hunting for that new engine that you ask if seatrials are undertaken to make

sure its all ok from new.

Propellers. Not much is new this month with development of higher horsepower engines in most brands there is

a trend to go 4 blade to handle the extra horsepower but for the better efficiency the large diameter 3 blade is

the go unless on a cat or twin, triple or quad installation. Then the 4 blade excels.

Dont forget to check our front page for this months special . Its the best ever on Bravo 2 Propellers.

cheers for now

Michael and Cheryl 

02.06.2017 Further to this years NBN changeover and our phone problems here at work, it has been brought to our attention

that I do not answer the phone quickly enough. We had a chat to iinet and it seems that with voip phone systems

they ring at least six times before it even sounds here once. So best ring a bit longer until I find a better solution.


Hello again, May already and just look outside at that great boating weather. Almost makes me want to

shut up shop and head for Rottnest Island and lose myself.

Seems to be a trouble free start to the month with signs of things hotting up in the dry season up north

and Boaties getting ready to mothball their boat in the metro area. Same every year. Its like clockwork.

One thing that has come up in general phone conversations and some dealers sales pitches is the fact

that no all propellers are made in the SOLAS factory but it is surprising how many people try to sell their 

own unmarched brands off as SOLAS. Its very simple. If the propeller has a small oval gold SOLAS sticker

inside the exhaust flare or the name SOLAS cast into the propeller then it is one of ours.

Certainly being stamped "made in U.S.A" should be a sign that it did not come out of the SOLAS factory. 

I suppose it should be taken as a compliment but selling lower quality castings off as SOLAS and then trying

to get top dollar as well just means they think we are all stupid too!

So, back to my old sales pitch of, ask for SOLAS by name. Manufacturers and distributors that are not afraid

of the WARRANTY word.

Cheers for now,

Michael and Cheryl

Here it is 10 days into April and Ive just remembered to do this. School holidays are up and running with the

phones running hot from all over the state asking for quick propeller deliveries to the remote places.

Well, it just aint happening any more. Even a $25.00 yellow express bag to say, Exmouth, takes around three

days if your lucky. We do our best as I suppose couriers do but it is still best to carry a spare with you.


WEBSITES ! Mine has been hacked by some wonderful person. It is repaired now but still shows the scares on

google saying that it is dangerous. I am assured it is safe to look at.

We are weeks away from releasing our first online purchasing section which i will special say six items a

month at hugely reduced prices so stay tuned. The first item will be a 21 pitch suzuki four stroke propeller

for $545.00 in stainless steel delivered .

This is only available in W.A.

Cheers for now

Michael and Cheryl

Sitting in my office waiting for the day to end so the weekend can relax me. Up to the front door comes a

man with a small claim sheet in his hand relating to last MAY 2016 blog "johnny the flog" who used his

gearbox in reverse for 10 hours, ruined his gearbox and wanted me to pay for his stupidity because

he didnt want to spoil his 3 week holiday by missing out on two days of fishing.

I am so happy I wrote a brief but accurate account of the situation at the time because ol johnny the toss

has waited nearly 12 months to act. I am so looking forward to my day in court.

Any other mechanical workshops or suppliers that want this persons name are welcome to ring me.

He is poisonous so avoid him at all costs.

Be accountable for your own actions hey:)



Hello again, not so much of a rant this month but a fact session if you like. Three separate clients this week

all complaining about Bravo 2 rebushing of SOLAS Bravo 2 Propellers done elsewhere at $300.00 per prop

only to fail easily after the second or third use. This is met with statements when returning the failures, like

"SOLAS are crap products" and "you should buy original products". He should stop that :).

Why people would pay to get these repairs done twice before bringing them back to the agent for the

correct bush replacement to be fitted also astounds me.


SOLAS Rebushing done by us involves;

removal of the old bush

solvent cleaning of the opening

linishing with a dye grinder to etch the surface

press, tapers and dyes for that bush

7 tonne maximum with no heat used 

time is not an issue which when rushed, leads to the use of the above (heat) which weakens the bush

the use of superior 98 composite SOLAS made rubber bushes compared to 92 composite of others

Other repairers may or may not practice the above but surely if a failure occurs within a certain period

a business can supply a warranty for work done rather than bag the product.

If you cant do a job why take the persons money?

Once a propeller has been butchered elsewhere,I would have to check tolerances first before

attempting to repair it as the heat and extra pressure used then makes it too risky. 

Finally, keeping your propeller as clean as possible ,especially inside the exhaust flare will prolong its life. 

Cheers for now

Michael and Cheryl

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