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Old 02-10-2011
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Originally Posted by RainDog View Post
With the transmission on the PS boats you need to leave it out of gear while sailing.
Why does the transmission have to be left out of gear while sailing? I have not run across that in the Yanmar material that I have for my 3HM35F with a KBW 10-E clutch.

I have painted marks on the shaft between the coupling and gland that correspond to the two blades of my prop. I also have a mirror in the engine compartment that lets me see the marks through the opened door below the companionway steps. I look in while my wife shifts in and out of gear until we get the marks stopped in the right spot to have the propeller up and down. I think the boat goes faster; she does not. Both of us think it a lot less noisy and much easier to sleep when sailing at night with the propeller stopped.

Bill Murdoch
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