Regarding putting the saildrives in reverse gear
the operator's manual of the Volvo engine
/ sail drive instructs:
"When sailing the control lever should be in the reverse position if a folding propellor is used and in neutral position if a fixed propellor is used".
We have folding props on our boat, so we should put gears in reverse. However in many cases we put the controls in forward position to avoid the jib
halyards catching the levers when tacking. Can't think of a difference this would make.
Previously we sailed on a 32 feet monohull
having a fixed prop. Sometimes we put it in gear without noticing. We would notice it when putting the gearbox
in neutral again because the speed would go up by half a knot
, at speeds below 5 knots. I wonder how much speed the Mahe looses if you put the 2 propellors in gear, either forward or reverse......