Originally Posted by athene
. . . The only other downside is the bearings replacement interval of 1,000 hours, although that isn't excessive for the average sailing yacht (I reckon it will be 5-8 years before ours need replacement). . .
Note that you can send Autoprops back to the factory for an overhaul
. They replace all of the moving parts
and check all the clearances, and check the balance. It's a great service
and not much more expensive than just buying
(the bearings unfortunately are very expensive). I did that two years ago when I did my refit
You can also do it yourself -- I bought all the special tools directly from Brunton (they are not that expensive). Maybe makes sense if you are someplace far away from the UK.
H6 Anodes, spare parts and tools
One think I find irritating is the anodes -- they are expensive and poorly designed, with only a thin bit of zinc around the screws. So one tip to all you new Autoprop owners -- take some propeller
wax and smear it on the screw bosses of the anode, so that these spots don't wear prematurely, with the result that your anode falls off (don't ask me how I know about this
I think someone makes an adapter to use some kind of inexpensive standard anode -- might be worth looking into.