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Prop cavitation


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Malaboo

I have an 01 Malibu Sunsetter. When we weight it down to surf, the boat runs great when listed on the port side. However, when weighted and listed on starboard side it makes a sound as if air is causing the prop to sputter intermittently. 
I have asked a mechanic and he thought that it might have something to do with the rotation of the prop and the fact it rotates in a counter clockwise direction. 
My good friend has the same boat, same year and I have surfed behind his boat many times on both and never experienced this happening. 
Hoping it’s not a very expensive transmission issue. Any Thoughts? 
Would trying a different prop be a start?

Thanks

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Agree with Steve, but I've never heard of listing 1 way causing cavitation before.

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formulaben

Just spit balling here, but have you checked your transmission fluid level lately?

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Malaboo
20 minutes ago, formulaben said:

Just spit balling here, but have you checked your transmission fluid level lately?

Yes, the previous owner took it to a local boat mechanic after I complained to him about it. He had it checked out as far as fluids etc. but did not drive it. 

 

19 hours ago, Steve B. said:

Maybe try his prop on your boat and vice-versa.

 

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formulaben
3 hours ago, Malaboo said:

Yes, the previous owner took it to a local boat mechanic after I complained to him about it. He had it checked out as far as fluids etc. but did not drive it. 

Given how easy it is (and the possible errors of checking it on a trailer with uneven ground) I highly encourage you take the 15 seconds to check it yourself, on the water.  Note that depending on how you use the dipstick it could actually be low...hat tip: @Engine Nut

Additionally, if the transmission fluid hasn't been changed in the last 2-3 seasons I'd definitely change it.

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