Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Annapolis, MD
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I have an AUTOPROP on my IP 37 (1997) and love it. The prop came with the boat when I bought her 2 years but was interestingly never installed before. The PO had still the fixed 3 blade factory prop on. I had it installed right away and compared with other IP I sailed I like the "no prop walk" and the added .5kts in light air.
The only issue I have is the fairly expensive and IMHO badly engineered special zinc. This zinc is hollow and doesn't hold up at all. I have to find an adapter to switch to a better zinc. It's a shame the manufacturer of such as nice and sophisticated product didn't came up with a decent zinc solution. I can hardly believe the profit out of the zincs is that important (at the end it's not a ink jet printer where the money is in the cartridge). If you can afford it, I think the Auto prop is an excellent choice. I don't want to miss mine.
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