New to me boat
has a Yanmar
4JH3DTE with a KMH4A gearbox
. I went out sailing the other day and after setting sails
and killing the engine
I heard the Maxprop freewheeling. Actually, I did not recognize the sound at first, so I went below and while looking in the engine
room I noticed the shaft turning. I hollered up to the Admiral to put the shifter into gear
and she did, no change. In either forward or reverse, the shaft kept turning. The engine was not running, or turning over. This was unexpected! In my past boats, with the engine stopped, putting it into gear
stopped the shaft and folded/feathered the prop. What am I missing? The engine needs to be running to engage the clutch
? How should I stop the shaft?
I scratched my head
a few times, and then as a test, I used a rag to put some friction on the shaft. This slowed it to a stop and once stopped, it was happy to stay that way (prop feathered). The boat
handles great under power, no problems in forward or reverse, so I guess all is as it should be. I just don't know the proper procedures yet.