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Old 10-08-2016, 11:34   #1
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Prop Freewheeling or dragged?

I have a 3 bladed fixed prop and ZF gear.

Should I be freewheeling while under sail or lock it by placing gear in reverse or forward?
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Re: Prop Freewheeling or dragged?

Well never Fwd, but read your manual, mine says to lock the prop by putting in reverse, but most I believe want it free wheeling, there is less drag freewheeling but sometimes noise.
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Re: Prop Freewheeling or dragged?

Never forward. Reverse is acceptable.


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Re: Prop Freewheeling or dragged?

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I have a 3 bladed fixed prop and ZF gear.

Should I be freewheeling while under sail or lock it by placing gear in reverse or forward?

My ZF manual says to let it freewheel.



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Re: Prop Freewheeling or dragged?

This has been hashed to death, do a search of this site!!!!!!
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Old 10-08-2016, 14:16   #6
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This has been hashed to death, do a search of this site!!!!!!

Yes it has as has most or a lot of questions, but answer is in your manual more so that on this forum, cause there is more than one correct answer depending on equipment.


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Re: Prop Freewheeling or dragged?

Hi, from a mechanical point of view, no problem in locking. You only lose some speed?? so what!.
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Re: Prop Freewheeling or dragged?

As stated 'ad nauseum' already on here - read your manual. THAT is what really counts.

Mine (Yanmar engine same tranny) states clearly in a service bulletin (I found on here) to leave in free-wheel in neutral.

YMMV.

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Re: Prop Freewheeling or dragged?

I let mine freewheel since going electric. A few hours sail to Diamond head and back tops off all the battery juice used going out and back in the lagoon entrance channel.
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I let mine freewheel since going electric. A few hours sail to Diamond head and back tops off all the battery juice used going out and back in the lagoon entrance channel.

That doesn't really help the op.....


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As stated 'ad nauseum' already on here - read your manual. THAT is what really counts.

Mine (Yanmar engine same tranny) states clearly in a service bulletin (I found on here) to leave in free-wheel in neutral.

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Do you have a link to that service bulletin? Usually they state to leave them in reverse (for Yanmars anyway)
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Re: Prop Freewheeling or dragged?

my manual say to place in rev.
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my manual say to place in rev.
Mine too, but I believe the newer ones that is verbotten
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my manual say to place in rev.
What engine/transmission do you have?
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Re: Prop Freewheeling or dragged?

My Yanmar manual states to let it free wheel
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