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Old 01-07-2010
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VariProp

Got a Variprop for my CS34 last year to improve the sailing performance and help with a little local racing. I have been very impressed with this prop.

Pros:
  1. Easy to install
  2. Very easy to adjust pitch, both forward and reverse
  3. Excellent power in reverse, better than my old 2-blade fixed with less propwalk
  4. Good power through rough seas (3-blade model)
Cons:
  1. Expensive (consistent with other feathering props)
  2. Defective screws detected by manufacturer, but they changed out the entire prop-head for a new one at no cost - even offered to pay the haul-out fee
  3. Not quite as efficient as a fixed prop
I went with feathering over folding because I have to reverse our of a slip in a narrow channel. Folding definitely has lower drag, but not as much thrust effeciency.
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