Hi, No Mondays,
We have had 2 blade
folders, a three-blade featherer, and a 3 blade
folder, and fixed 3 blade
. The fixed prop is like towing that size bucket all the time you're sailing, but of course, it motors well, and stops well.
The two blade folder was lovely sailing, very little drag, would move the boat forward well, and take a loooooooong time to stop her.
The 3 blade featherer was okay sailing, and stopped the boat better, but caused a 25% increase in fuel consumption
For us, the 3 blade folder has been the best, but, it requires a lot more revs in reverse than one would expect. We normally cruise
at 2,000 rpm
(normally aspirated diesel), but if I'm serious about stopping it, I almost redline it, and she stops when she stops, to me, more like dragging your foot on a bicycle than using the brakes in a car.
However, it is possible that the pitch
on your prop is not right for your boat, if it needs changing, that can improve performance in forward, but it will still be slow to stop.