I would think that the Sabre manual is concerned with the best sailing performance and the engine manual is concerned with the life of the transmission. A wise diesel mechanic told me that it is not harmful to freewheel or leave the transmission in any gear if the transmission is not lubricated by a pump from the running engine. I was advised that I can freewheel with my Kanzake transmission on my Yanmar or leave it in any gear. My concern is moving the gearshift with a lot of rotation on the shaft or torque in prep to an engine start, therefore, I'm prone to stall my sailing momentum before shifting gears. I too have heard that the least drag in with the prop in a fixed position in reverse, but I'm not racing & I'm not noticing a significance. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
Last edited by CaptainForce; 04-13-2009 at 05:57 PM.