I have a max prop and love it. Built like a tank. A recent thread was inquiring about vari-props and very few seem to use them. It provoked me to search a bit and most of what I saw was discussion about the reliability of the vari-prop internal mechanisms. I just disassembled my max-prop to return it to have a ding in one blade repaired. Service folks on the phone were excellent at max-prop (PYI, inc). The internal gears looked brand new and the stop is an internal brass lug that showed no wear after 6 years.
I've never used a vari-prop, let alone seen one installed (that may say something itself), so take this for what it's worth and research you're own conclusion.
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In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.