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Old 20-07-2007, 16:46   #1
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To fold or not to fold..... that is the question

Hello all,


I have been sailing more than working lately , on my Evolution a First 30es, I absolutely love this vessel, love the way she sails, handles. The only thing I have notice is it has an older folding prop, and it really does not bite at all, when motoring in the marina, specially in reverse. It sails great with the low drag. I will use this boat to race here in the Caribbean (it has won pretty much all regattas down here, or place in the top 3), the previous owner installed a 30hp Volvo Penta 2003 model and 2003 year, the prop does not do the engine justice since it really does not bite much, should I look into a newer folding prop? or just put a 3 blade reg prop and race on engine alone , just venting, let me know if you have any sugestions and your experience with these.

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Old 20-07-2007, 17:33   #2
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If you want to motor more than race then I guess a new prop might be in order. A 3 blade might be a good option. It comes down to what you really want to do more. I would start with Sail More, Work Less and see how it feels. Maybe this whole prop problem is an illusion caused from too much work. I could be all wrong but I think you'll like my perscription better.

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Old 21-07-2007, 09:46   #3
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We just replaced our folding prop with a feathering Maxprop. It has been the single most dramatic thing we have done to the boat.

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A compromise might be the go: Have you considered a 3-blade feathering prop? You will get a significant increase in motoring "grunt" for only a small penalty in sailing speed.
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Old 26-07-2007, 11:17   #5
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:)

Guys just yesterday I was looking at the feathering props! thinking it may be a good idea, was not sure how much push I would get from it, and if it was worth it, Pblais totally agree with your prescription!

Was the change, easy? how much did you pick up while motoring? I just hate having such a big engine and having no push behind it.


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