Originally Posted by autumnbreeze27
I got a response from Kiwi Props. Most of their business is exports, and since the NZ$ is in the shitter, they aren't actively developing anything new right now. But they are working on foils for their props, if you are an existing customer it might be worth checking out.
Not affiliated, just a happy previous customer.
Thanks Autumnbreeze. I see you know about them. I checked again and their biggest is a new 4 blade for up to 85 Hp; possibly too small for 50'er?
That new shape is interesting but my Kiwi prop performs so well I won't change anything.
With a big boat like yours, a fixed prop wouldn't create so much sailing drag compared to one on my 30'er. Easier to drag an anchor
with a tractor than with a bicycle.
I know about our $ exchange with US. This time last year we drove around California
and our NZ$1 bought about .80c US. Wednesday we leave NZ to visit family
in Ottawa then Amtrak Chicago to SF, pausing to drive around Utah canyons on the way. Now our dollar buys around .60 c US. We bought cash and prepaid bookings while it was still around .75c. That approx .60c rate is good for anyone in U.S. buying
NZ products and good for NZ exporters, they say.
It's due to the drop in demand for farm produce to China
. Same with Australia
and mineral exports to China
. The pendulum will swing again.