In all probability your engine is equipped with a hydraulic actuated transmission
. This means that hydraulic pressure is used to engage the clutch
packs for forward and reverse travel, and that hydraulic pressure is only available when the engine is running and turning the transmission
input shaft and internal hydraulic pump
. So if the engine is not running, the transmission and propeller shaft will free wheel
regardless of where you place the shift lever.
is also equipped with a hydraulic transmission and a three blade folding prop, but no shaft brake. Inorder to stop the prop from rotating under sail I momentarily place the transmission into reverse just before turning the engine off. This starts the prop rotating in reverse while the boat
is moving forward. Then I press the stop button and kill the engine. When the engine stops, the hydraulic pressure ends and the prop stops rotating in reverse. During the moment that the reverse rotation stops, but before it can begin to rotate in the forward direction, the motion of the boat thru the water
will cause the prop to fold.
This procedure should not be necessary with the presence of a shaft brake. I would imagine that the application of the brake will be sufficient to stop any prop rotation and allow the prop to fold.