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What Gear for Yanmar While Sailing

What gear should you put a Yanmar engine in while sailing?

Reverse to stop the prop or neutral.

I have seen where Yanmar issued a notice that the transmission should be placed in neutral and not fwd or reverse gear to prevent clutch damage. I have a 3GM.
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Neutral is the Yanmar suggestion.
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Yanmar recomends neutral. But if you have a folding/feathering prop you will want to use reverse.

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As others have stated Yanmar says neutral. With a folding prop, I've heard that its "OK" to switch briefly into reverse to feather the prop, but return to neutral. I've wondered if this is right?
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For years the official Yanmar recommendation was to put the gear in reverse and only recently did they change their policy, so briefly putting the gear in reverse after turning off the engine in order to fold the gears shouldn't be a problem. That is what I do, although I usually forget to do that and only do a quick switch reverse and back to neutral when I get that humming sound from below while sailing.

Yanmar Advisory MSA08-003 "Gear in Neutral While Sailing"
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For years the official Yanmar recommendation was to put the gear in reverse and only recently did they change their policy, so briefly putting the gear in reverse after turning off the engine in order to fold the gears shouldn't be a problem. That is what I do, although I usually forget to do that and only do a quick switch reverse and back to neutral when I get that humming sound from below while sailing.

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and does that stop the humming? I haven't tried that with my Kiwiprop.
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With a Maxprop it seems to stop the rotation...humming.
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...and does that stop the humming? I haven't tried that with my Kiwiprop.
Yes, the humming comes from the partially folded prop still turning in the water flowing past it. Putting the engine into gear stops the shaft and the prop folds completely and then has no tendency to turn anymore even after the shaft is put into neutral.
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