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post #17 of Old 02-08-2001
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I also have not seen a neutral saftey on small sailboats....2 & 3 cyl...but I always let my prop last boat for 15 years...sailed to bermuda, bahamas, florida, carolinas...never had a problem with the trany...I went to the N.Y. boat show and Atlantic City boat show(2001)...The Yanmar Factory Reps and their dealers said it is OK to freewheel...won''t hurt tranny...I do feel when prop is locked it creates more drag and water disturbance pass the rudder(air bubbles and such) giving less control...In my racing I find when I lock it, my speed goes down...I lock it several times in different positions but lose speed...
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