Well, I am right on subject:
Had a 3 blade
. Volvo Penta
They are heavy (some 40Lbs) and expensive ($1300 range) and I decided to switch to aluminium light weight 2 blade
My 16:18 ratio prop was deemed underpowered by the Volvo technician.
I find the reverse power is less, affects manoeuvring and the drag is there when I sail.
Thus, I am going back to the folding 3 blade propeller
of which I could service
and manage the one, but I need to buy another.
Ewol propeller came afore. They are feathering, stainless steel
alloy, claim to be smoother, less drag, more power forward, same power in reverse , but they are vastly more expensive than my current
brass ones, at $2600 ea
Yet they have one more advantage: They supply ropecutters/linecutters fitting only for Ewol propellers.
(I am searching far and wide and rope
cutters for saildrives are as expensive as folding propellers). Their ropecutters are like $350 ea.
I saw video of 4:58 underwater fitting of Ewol propeller - so that is an easy fit (certainly it was a trained diver, but nevertheless).
I need to make decision within the week, to stick with the brass propeller, get another type/brand, or break the bank with the two Ewol ones.
(If I do go with Ewol or other brand, I have a brass 3 blade folding propeller for sale
I am in need of advice
and suggestions too please.