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Propellor woes

We bought a 1987 Catalina 36 03/01/10 and have just lost a blade from the 3 blade autoprop on the boat.

We've motored a bit since the purchase, just in and out of the marina. Last Friday returning to the marina we found the boat vibratedly hugely when we gave it any thrust beyond a minimal amount, in either reverse or forward. We got back to the marina going very slowly thinking we might have a fouled prop. However, when the divers checked they reported a missing blade.

We are considering getting a fixed 3 blade prop partly due to cost but also wanting less parts to worry about or maintain. We are thinking about a Campbell Sailor and would like to get some feedback about that option. Two questions: If we buy that from the manufacturers, are divers able to install it appropriately? Are there any recommended propellor installing shops in San Diego?
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IIRC, Maine Sail has a Campbell Sailor prop. You might PM him, once you get the required number of posts, and ask him about it.
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If your prop shaft has the standard taper ends then its easy to install the Campbell Sailor Prop. I dive in and remove my CSP annually for cleaning and recoating with Propshield. 1/2 hour to setup for removal and 15mins to install. Easy as A, B & C.
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We are considering getting a fixed 3 blade prop partly due to cost but also wanting less parts to worry about or maintain. We are thinking about a Campbell Sailor and would like to get some feedback about that option. Two questions: If we buy that from the manufacturers, are divers able to install it appropriately? Are there any recommended propellor installing shops in San Diego?
Your Autoprop is possibly the least reliable propeller available, for reasons you have discovered. Don't give up on feathering props. Virtually every other brand is far superior in this regard to Autoprop, IMHO.

That being said, regardless of what prop you end up going with, an experienced hull cleaner can install any prop you like, in the water. I recommend you find a member of the California Professional Divers Association. They can be found here:

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