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Old 02-03-2014, 21:16   #1
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Slipstream SS folding props

I am wanting to replace the fixed 2 blade props on our Lagoon 380. I am looking at the Slipstream SS folding props & wanting any feedback/opinions/advice on those that have used them. They appear to be well built, I like the idea of stainless steel over bronze & the fact that the Slipstreams are made in OZ.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-03-2014, 00:10   #2
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Re: Slipstream SS folding props

Hi Dave,

I've had a 3 blade Slipstream folder for about 3-4 years now. Nice bit of kit. Ben @ Seahawk was very helpful in determining the right pitch etc to replace my ageing Max Prop. Not being very mechanically minded, I had no idea of the shaft taper and thread type for the retaining nut, I simply sent both the old prop (just the hub) and nut over to them and within a couple of days the new prop was delivered back to me.

Was pretty easy to put together with simple to follow instructions. Performed as Seahawk estimated (revs/boat speed) and it was great to have no more vibrations.

They were very helpful later on when I changed motors with gear box ratio selection so didn't have to change the pitch.

Only little issue I have now is a couple of pits in a couple of blades thanks to a "hot marina". Next time I'm out of the water, I can sent the blades back for a touch-up.

I'd recommend them to anyone.
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Old 03-03-2014, 00:17   #3
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Re: Slipstream SS folding props

I suspect the SS blade might attract a higher growth of barnicels than bronze but I still happy with the 7+kts out of the 2 blades Ben supplied.

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Old 03-03-2014, 10:52   #4
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Re: Slipstream SS folding props

Yachting Monthly team compare 15 propellers for speed, thrust, drag, stopping distance, prop walk and price - 2009 article
http://www.flexofold.com/upload_dir/...onthly_low.pdf

The Slipstream 2 and 3 blade props are included in this article.
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:09   #5
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Re: Slipstream SS folding props

Morning All
I have 3 blade slipstream props on my cat and find them very good, there is very little difference between forward and reverse trust
I use prop speed which I have got 15 months from with only slime on. Ben was very good to deal with.
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Old 03-03-2014, 15:44   #6
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Re: Slipstream SS folding props

Thanks all for the info. Would love to get 3 blade props but the price!!!!!!

So I will go ahead with the 2 blade Slipstreams. Intend to do the fitting with the boat beached so will do it in a tide change ..... with an eye out for crocs.

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Re: Slipstream SS folding props

Thanks Kentobin - looks like interesting reading this evening.
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