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Re: Sailing ... transmission in reverse?
I used to slip my boat into gear to stop the annoying whirring noise, but only for a few months of ownership, then I installed a Flexofold over the winter.
Many years ago I worked for a company that flew us daily to the job site in a twin engine Piper Navajo. That was until we blew the right engine, complete with a brief fire over Southern Ontario. What are the first things a pilot is taught to do? Feather the prop and cut the fuel. If the prop is not feathered there is sufficient drag to make the plane very difficult to fly. As it was I got a great view out of the side window of the runway from my left seat as the plane crabbed it's way down final on the power of the left engine only.
Just imagine taking an 18" fixed blade prop and trying to hold it down in a 5 or 6 knot current, first spinning, then locked. Maine Sails example of the engine on the tender is a great one! It would be easy for anyone to replicate, if you are willing to trust someone else at the helm while you are hanging out in the tender.