Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 02-08-2010, 11:09   #1
Registered User
 
Gulfislander's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Boat: Niagara 31
Posts: 27
Folding to Fixed Prop

Hi,
Up front I will say I no nothing about props. I am looking to change out my volvo 2 blade folding prop for a 3 blade fixed prop. I have a Niagara 31 with a Yanmar 2GM20FC and SD20 saildrive. I live in Vancouver and I am looking for a reputable business to help me with this. Also, is there anything I should be watching out for?? Are props like most things where brand can be a factor? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
__________________

__________________
Gulfislander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2010, 11:15   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: La la Land
Boat: 37' Oyster Heritage
Posts: 410
Why? If you want a motor boat, you'll need to get a bigger engine.
__________________

__________________
sestina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2010, 11:35   #3
Moderator Emeritus
 
Ex-Calif's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2007
Location: Singapore
Boat: Maxi 77 - Relax Lah!
Posts: 11,514
Images: 4
A prop change is sort of a big deal and a fair amount of research is required.

Why are you changing the prop is a good place to start. In other words what do you hope to achieve with the prop swap.

A better swap in my personal opinion is a feathering prop.

I don't know any local shops.
__________________
Relax Lah! is For Sale <--- Click
Click--> Custom CF Google Search or CF Rules
You're gonna need a bigger boat... - Martin Brody
Ex-Calif is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2010, 11:36   #4
CF Adviser
 
Bash's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: sausalito
Boat: 14 meter sloop
Posts: 7,260
Is there a budgetary reason behind this? If not, and you're just not satisfied with the performance of the two-blade, you might want to consider a three-blade folder. Check out Flex-o-fold, which performs as well as a 3-blade fixed and yet folds for sailing. I've found them to be less expensive than other brands.
__________________
cruising is entirely about showing up--in boat shoes.
Bash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2010, 14:02   #5
Registered User
 
Gulfislander's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Boat: Niagara 31
Posts: 27
Why a fixed?

The reason for the change is that I boat in an area of strong tidal currents (Gulf and San Juan Islands). It does not take much current to really slow my boat down with the 2 blade folding and dragging my tender and motor. Over the years we have found we end up motoring at least half of the time (or more). I would like some more thrust when against the current. I have to be realistic in that we are cruisers and not racers. We go out a lot and there is a large percentage of time without wind. I like the idea of a 3 blade folding prop but they seem to be ~$2500-3500. I have been working a lot on the boat over the last couple of years and I do not have the budget for that...yet. So my solution for now is a fixed blade prop. Thanks.
__________________
Gulfislander is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fixed vs Feathering Prop ? dniello Seamanship & Boat Handling 3 06-07-2010 14:07
Going from a 2-Blade Folding to a 3-Blade Fixed Prop pireality General Sailing Forum 2 05-05-2010 21:00
For Sale: Three-Blade Folding Prop rumtum Classifieds Archive 1 08-03-2010 08:07
For Sale: Volvo Fixed 2 Blade Prop - Tapered Shaft - from Jeanneau SO35 msoneji Classifieds Archive 0 06-01-2010 13:02
Installing Mast Steps (Folding vs Fixed) rebel heart Construction, Maintenance & Refit 37 08-09-2009 13:02



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:11.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.