SailNet Community - View Single Post - Folding prop help
View Single Post
  #28  
Old 11-24-2012
paul323 paul323 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: SF - South Bay
Posts: 542
Thanks: 1
Thanked 13 Times in 13 Posts
Rep Power: 5
paul323 is on a distinguished road
Re: Folding prop help

As has been pointed out by others, and worth reiterating: Consider how you will use the boat.

If you want to race, and have the money, get a folding prop as discussed. No-brainer.

If you are cruising/weekend sailing, consider a fixed prop - for a boat your size, a 3-blade. Fixed props are significantly cheaper (there is a big used market), easier to maintain, less likely to go wrong if you are miles offshore. Arguably more robust. Arguably better for reversing - although much depends on the folder brand.

Folding/feathering props are more expensive, benefit from maintenance (e.g. annual removal, cleaning, reassembly), more likely to go wrong - BUT you'll probably get 0.5knot more speed, and they tend to be quieter (although fixed props people often leave the engine in reverse - no noise, more drag).

Good luck!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook