Re: Yanmar while sailing, reverse or neutral?
The best solution to this may be some sort of shaft brake that automatically releases when the motor is running and put into gear. I agree that any parts: seals, gears, cutlass bearings, etc. that constantly turn for no good reason will experience wear. That's obvious. There is friction and friction = wear. The engineering of these marine engines IMO is inadequate in this respect. It's like designing a car with no "Park" on an automatic transmission.
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