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post #41 of Old 03-30-2010
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Max Pro Woes

Last October while sailing my PS 34 along the coast of Maine, I caught a lobster buoy in my 3 blade Max Pro. The engine stopped, I started it again, put it into reverse tentatively and the buoy popped out with a gash on it. However, upon trying to resume forward, I found the prop was entirely dysfunctional. I limped into a mooring and dived to check the prop. The teeth were stripped on one blade.

Has this happened to others? I had no idea this was such an weakness in this design.

By the way, I asked Nigel Calder when he was last in town and he said feathering props are good to have. Drag is significant on fixed props. (I mention this because earlier posts were unclear how he came down on this issue).

I'm interested to learn if others have stripped a blade (on any make of feathering prop). I certainly will carry a spare fixed blade prop as a back up in the future.
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