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Old 07-07-2008
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Gearshift in neutral or foward

finally got my first decent sail in yesterday. for the first time i noticed when sailing, the prop is spinning and the shaft is turning. should i keep the boat in neutral when sailing or in foward gear. my first assumption is it shouldn't matter but before we left i have about an inch of water in the bilge. when the sail it was over i opened the bilge to clean it out and the water was black. i think it might be oil. could it be from the shaft spinning all that time without the motor running? the engine is an atomic a4. 1978.
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