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Old 10-01-2016, 14:12   #16
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Re: benefit of feathering prop on fuller keeled boat?

I have had I think 5 feathering props. I Like them. However, one does have to question if it's worth $2500-3500.... especially on a boat with a thick keel forward of it...
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Old 10-01-2016, 14:21   #17
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Re: benefit of feathering prop on fuller keeled boat?

They especially benefit a thick keeled boat by providing 100% thrust in reverse.
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Re: benefit of feathering prop on fuller keeled boat?

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They especially benefit a thick keeled boat by providing 100% thrust in reverse.
Yep, they are excellent in reverse for sure.
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Old 10-01-2016, 14:53   #19
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Re: benefit of feathering prop on fuller keeled boat?

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No, TN still has the fixed prop.
Thanks for reply. Have prop shaft out of Foxglove doing the cutless at the moment amd was wondering whether to investigate a feathering prop but think will stick with the three blader for now!

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Re: benefit of feathering prop on fuller keeled boat?

My old boat was full keel. Huge difference. But second best for sailing is 2 blade you can lock vertical. Kills motoring performance, or at least did in my old Luders 33


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Re: benefit of feathering prop on fuller keeled boat?

Doubt a feathering prop will have any positive effect on the performance of a dull keel boat. Made two deliveries of Westsail 32's with 3 blade fixed props. Our boat had a two blade that we locked vertical behind the deadwood. We made slightly better days runs, a knot or two, with 3 blade equipped boats than ours in near identical conditions.
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Re: benefit of feathering prop on fuller keeled boat?

Having had a full keeled Lord Nelson 35 with a Maxprop (already installed when I bought the boat) I can't give you before and after results, only feathered vs. non feathered speeds. About a knot savings at 5-6 knots.
Reverse from 6 knots to full stop with a 20k lb ++ boat? ONE boat length from 6+ knots when motoring in no wind.
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