Feathering Prop vs. Fixed Blade Prop
I have a 2000 Pacific Seacraft 40, with a 3 blade Max-Pro feathering prop (18" diameter, 13" pitch) which unfortunately needs to be replaced. I am leaning towards a fixed 3 blade prop. Specifically a Campbell Sailer, (17" diameter, 9" pitch), manufactured by West by North Enterprises. The manufacture recommended the smaller diameter and pitch. Apparently this has been the case for other customers too; the claim is this prop design is more efficient and therefore can be smaller. This appears to be largely substantiated by others who have purchased this prop.
Therefore my questions are more about how much of a difference in performance I might notice moving to a fixed prop. Specifically:
1. Will I have significantly less control in reverse
2. Is there appreciable increase in drag under sail
3. Comments on this brand
Pacific Seacraft 40