I have always carried an extra prop pin on my Bass Hunter. My thought was if (really when) I break one I can simply replace it on the water and be on my way.
That is not how it went down for me.
Was out fishing Lewisville (put in at Pilot Knoll) and got about 1 mile from the put in. Got in some brush and the prop bogged down, did not want to spin as it was pinned by a large log. Kicked it into reverse...no big deal this has happened 100 times. It will pop free and I will be on my way.
Right away I lost propulsion. Fwd...Reverse... Nothing at all. Pulled up the shaft and the prop was gone. Upon further inspection the pin broke in half. This allowed the motor to spin the prop but not hold the prop securely on the hub. So when I kicked it into reverse the prop being stuck, it just unscrewed itself... bye bye prop.
I carry a paddle but the wind was strong and it did little good. Bass Hunter boats dont paddle well as you guys know. I ended up swimming back to the ramp pulling/pushing my Bass Hunter. Had the water been colder... well that would have been a real issue.
From now on I will be carrying a spare pin AND prop. Learn from my folly guys! ha ha.