Originally Posted by ctl411
Mike, I have a velvet drive also. I found a manual online for Chris Craft. It states "under sailing or slow trolling conditions one or both transmissions can be left spinning. The transmission
was designed for this". That said my boat had a caliper disk brake with a starter lockout to prevent turning with the brake on. I used it because the noise
from the shaft. Now I have a Max prop and took the brake caliper off.
Thanks ctl411, this is very helpful. It's what I've heard in the past regarding velvet transmissions, but as I say, it's always bothered me to hear the shaft turning while having a nice quiet sail. Our shaft is very difficult to reach, so any brake system would have to use a remote
setup ... I'd love to install something like what you have. Perhaps a feathering prop would be best (if I could spare the cash), but I'll probably just put up with the small noise
. As long as it's not doing any harm to the transmission
I can probably live with it.