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post #10 of Old 05-27-2014
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Re: Sailing ... transmission in reverse?

Note that Yanmar does allow you to shift into reverse while sailing if you have a folding or feathering prop. That's good since some props won't fold or feather without locking the shaft. Even so I usually put it into reverse for a few seconds, then back into neutral when the prop feathers.

When I had a non-feathering prop I did confirm on my own boat that freewheeling was faster than locking the prop shaft.

Putting on a feathering prop last winter was the best performance upgrade that I've made to the boat.

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