We looked carefully at a good folding prop - did lots of research
and asked a bunch of questions but when it came time to decide on a purchase
two things occurred to me:
1. Could I really justify spending 2 or 3 (or 4!) thousand dollars on a folding or feathering prop to gain .5 knot
in light breezes? On the few potential long coconut milk run passages you are only saving 2 days at most, maybe a week over two circumnavigations. I just don't see the value for our slower heavier boat.
2. Did I really want a complex piece of expensive machinery fixed onto the bottom of my boat?
I get the feathering prop thing but its not for us on this particular boat. If we had a gunboat it would probably be a no-brainer.
The 18x10 is the recommended size prop for our engine and boat after speaking with Michigan Wheel. I had not even heard of the new Campbell prop.
Originally Posted by Sailor Doug
Just as a performance guide your speed is a just by 3 seconds a mile in PHRF racing
handy cap. I have always been a fan of a narrow two bladed sailor prop. Would like a feathering three blade but it is more dollars than I wan't to part with.
Sailor Doug, we don't race
... what is the implication of that? Is three seconds small or a lot?