Sometime ago I requested opinions/advice on a problem I was having trying to back my boat from the slip. I forget who all replied but just wanted to say
thanks to whomever. Bought a Solas 10/7 four bladed prop. Man what a difference! BAacks great and stops great as well. What really surprised me was I got an increase in my top end as well. The boat now ( at least according to my gps) boots along at 6.7 wide open.
I also bought an ST2000 auto tiller. Works really nice BUT I also bought a Davis Tiller Tamer. The tiller tamer works so well that I seldom use the Raymarine
auto tiller. What I really like about it is that it really dampens the tiller and makes tacking singlehanded a lot easier. There were times when activity on board resembled a chinese firedrill. It's good to be back in Oak Harbor and continuing my sailing education.