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Old 25-08-2010, 18:16   #16
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That's good to hear. I had just decided to pick up a 2 blade folder from flexofold and now I'm glad I did.
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Old 05-09-2010, 17:53   #17
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We have taken delivery of the prop It looks great. We are scheduled to come out of the water later in the week, for fitting. Because the taper on our current prop and shaft is non-standard (some sort of modified morse taper), but we had to specify a "standard" taper for the new prop, we have decided to get a new shaft as well.

I have chosen SAF 2205 duplex for the shaft material (Aquamet 22 would have been better, but not available easily). Any comments?
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For the record:

The new shaft and prop are fitted and look great. I got the new shaft manufactured locally in 2205, for $500 (which is pretty cheap for down here). I did most of the installation myself, with some assistance from a prefessional shirpwright / marine engineer ($100). We replaced the glad packing while we were at it and tied up the stern gland and shaft flange at the gearbox (all included in the $500).

The new prop amazing compared to the old one. Our motoring performance is night and day, especially into a headwind or against chop. Significantly less vibration too. And no noticeable reduction in sailing performance either.

All in all we are, thus far, extremely happy with the new gear. Obviously it wasn't a cheap exercise, but on balance, money well spent. I did consider upgrading to a dripless gland, but the budget wouldn't stretch. Other than that, very happy.
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Old 11-10-2010, 20:16   #19
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G'Day Patrick,

Told ya so! Glad that it suits you and the Impostor Insatiable.

Cheers,

Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II still lying Trinity Inlet, Cairns, Qld,awaiting the ephemeral NE winds of October
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