Re: Sailing while A-4 is in gear
You asked: ericirvine - question: why should it be in forward? Also, I assume, this is only if you are using the motor and sails at the same time? Not if you are just sailing, correct?
Sorry so late to reply. As others have suggested, putting it in gear prevents the propshaft from turning, thus reducing wear and tear on the stuffing box, transmission seal etct etc.
Why Forward? If I remember correctly (always difficult for me), my A4 transmission had a 'lock in' feature in forward gear which effectively prevents any clutch slippage. This was not the case in reverse, where only the pressure from the shift lever prevents clutch slippage, and if the pressure is relieved, the clutch will (or could) slip, again creating unnecessary wear. Perhaps someone wiser can confirm or correct me on this point.
1980 Bristol 29.9