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Not a 49, but wanted to share my recent experience. I installed a Kiwi-prop and I'm very happy so far. Tested under several situations and got 2 pros: 1- cut 200rpm for the same speed up to 7.5Knots (shrinking after that) but went to plenty of WOT at 3.000rpm, no smoke, no oveload. 2- amazing rear push and no walk (I always supposed a fixed would be beter, but compared to that cheap thing Beneteau delivers .....) I did several manouvering on my berth, inside marina, among moorings, and feel tremendous control. Drawbacks ? So far, only the zinc had to be shaped to fit the prop nose, and will demand some attention to certify it will not get loose as it goes away, otherwise could interfere to the blades movement. We didn't have a chance to test under sail yet, but we're excited and big expctations will reveal in a couple of weeks. Manufacturer have pre-set sizes for standard Benes, so no need to test best config. For the price, I decided to give it a try ....
Beneteau Oceanis 43
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