Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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All sorts of conflicting feedback on the proper transmission position for a max-prop under sail. I have migrated to placing it in reverse after shutting down to feather the prop, then back to neutral after a few minutes.
The only trouble I've ever had was once backing up in a strong crosswind. I was moving a bit faster than usual to compensate and the wind got the better of me. I took her out of reverse and into forward and nothing....... You should feel what that is like when you are now drifting uncontrolled toward your neightbor's boat! Quickly put her into neutral, then back into forward and she responded. I suspect I went from reverse to forward too quickly for the prop to properly reverse pitch.
Other than that one learning experience, it's been great. Highly recommended.
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