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Old 26-02-2014, 18:07   #1
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Saildrive rotation

We have just recently purchased a Bahia 46. The original owner had changed the port prop to a Gori 2 blade folding but not the starboard one. We now want to change the starboard one as well. Does anyone have information on the rotation of the saildrives? The boat is in the US and we are currently in Australia so not so easy to visit boat to find out.
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Old 27-02-2014, 02:18   #2
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Re: Saildrive rotation

Hi IllusionV,
For most (if not all) catamarans, the props counter-rotate, that is one turns clockwise and the other counter-clockwise. This is done by reversing one of the gearboxes in order to cancel out prop torque. Monohulls do not have this option unless they have two motors.
An important consequence is that you need to match the propellers to their rotation. That is, the blades one side need to push the boat forward when the prop turns clockwise, and the blades on the other prop need to push the boat forward when the prop turns counter-clockwise.
You will need to find out whether the Gori you already have is a clockwise turning or counter-clockwise turning one, and order the opposite.
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Old 27-02-2014, 03:37   #3
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Re: Saildrive rotation

Thanks Savana, that is what I thought should happen but it is nearly impossible to get answers from the factory. We currently a R.H. rotation so will need the left.
Again thanks for the input.
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Old 27-02-2014, 05:33   #4
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Re: Saildrive rotation

Both of the props on our 2013 Helia with Volvo D2-40 and saildrives are left hand. I just changed out our 2 blade fixed to Flexifold 3 blade Left hand folding and so far I am very happy with the change.

Both are left hand props on our Helia.
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Old 27-02-2014, 06:09   #5
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Re: Saildrive rotation

The catamarans I am familiar with (including FP) DO NOT reverse rotation, both rotate the same. Mine use LH rotation props.
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Old 27-02-2014, 06:14   #6
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Re: Saildrive rotation


On our 2009 FP Mahe 36 we are using two Volvo Penta D1-30F engines with 130S sail drives use 3 blade folding prop 17" Dia. X 12" Pitch Left Hand (Counter Clockwise) on both engines
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Old 27-02-2014, 08:40   #7
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Re: Saildrive rotation

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Hi IllusionV,
For most (if not all) catamarans, the props counter-rotate, that is one turns clockwise and the other counter-clockwise. This is done by reversing one of the gearboxes in order to cancel out prop torque. Monohulls do not have this option unless they have two motors.
An important consequence is that you need to match the propellers to their rotation. That is, the blades one side need to push the boat forward when the prop turns clockwise, and the blades on the other prop need to push the boat forward when the prop turns counter-clockwise.
You will need to find out whether the Gori you already have is a clockwise turning or counter-clockwise turning one, and order the opposite.
I think if you replaced the first five words with " very, very few" you would have an accurate statement here. Power boats generally have counter-rotating props because of the beam. On a cat the props are much further apart thus negating the need for counter-rotation. I know Cotemar will correct me if I'm wrong..
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Old 27-02-2014, 08:46   #8
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I think if you replaced the first five words with " very, very few" you would have an accurate statement here. Power boats generally have counter-rotating props because of the beam. On a cat the props are much further apart thus negating the need for counter-rotation. I know Cotemar will correct me if I'm wrong..
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Old 27-02-2014, 09:15   #9
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Mine both rotate counter clockwise.
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