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folding props
June 13, 2016 - 2:58 pm
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I'm starting the long research project to replace my big assed fixed prop with something that folds or feathers. So far Maxprops looks like a good bet but I don't know if our space between cutlass and rudder will accept a folding or do I need a feathering.

Any thoughts or even better, any experiences?

Finally got out for a sail after a year of rebuilding. Getting to the point where she's a sailboat instead of a cash drain. It was thrilling even though it lasted several hours instead of several weeks...

The interior is still a couple years from finished but I'm getting there. Maybe have the bugs worked out of the water system and the propane working properly by the end of summer. Then headliners etc.

My old girl was way more than used, she was used up but I fell in love and there you go.

Turned out the #1 cylinder (aft most) was not giving out with the compression so we pulled the engine and I haunted the mechanic shop during the entire rebuild (in our boatyard, 12 minutes from the office) and everything they took off the engine revealed another major problem.

In case anyone should ever wonder what happens when you try to start the engine when it has water in the piston, I saved the bent connecting rod. 

The PO told me, as I was picking the boat up and after the check had cleared that "I have to tell you that the boat did sink once but it was in the slip so it didn't sink too far...." which I believe meant it sat with water almost over the engine for long enough that the #1 filled with water and he tried cranking it anyway because he was stupid. It's actually a miracle that the engine got us home. Love those Yanmars!

The good news is that I have an engine I have no doubts about. 

Let me know about folding props.


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October 13, 2016 - 9:17 am
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Have only owned fixed props with no problems.  Had a friend that  changed to a Max Prop and was very satisfied with the performance.  He had a West sail 32 and claimed he got an extra 1/2 knot.  I could never justify the cost and the possibility of damaging it.  I have heard that feathering props can stick due to barnacles and unfortunately you find out when you hit reverse coming to a dock.  Just my 2 cents.

Cheers and beers,


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