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Old 11-14-2010
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Propeller question

I have an older Martec folding prop on my Pearson 32. It has always been difficult to back down using it. It takes almost a minute before it decides which direction to move in.. Then, at the end of this season it developed a new quirk -- it would only go in wide circles in reverse. I suspected barnacle invasion, but had no time to dive on it before the boat was hauled. Inspecting the prop after the yard hauled and power washed, there is no heavy barnacle growth left.

I am considering having the prop refurbished, and as an alternative, replacing it. I have heard good reports on the Campbell Sailor.

Does anyone have experience with the Campbell Sailor? How does it behave in reverse?
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