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Old 02-07-2001
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The drag dynamics aside, the transmission gets its cooling from the engines cooling system, no engine, no cooling and bad for your tranny. Put it in reverse and keep it there when sailing with the engine off. On caveat though is the possibility of it locking under extreme pressure, to avoid this potential when sailing at hull speed make sure that the transmission switch that usually requires that you start the engine in neutral is disabled, this way if you are unable to get it back into neutral you can always start the engine and save the day.
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