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Re: In reverse while sailing?
Two issues. First and most important is what the manufacturer of your gear box says. That "old salt" probably didn't provide a written warranty with their advice. This topic has become an age old, wives tale, change in manufacturer recommendation, difference between models, conundrum.
Secondly, is which provides less drag. It's been shown that a spinning fixed prop creates less drag than one being held in place by a transmission in reverse. However, the spinning prop may make more noise.
Then add the boats with upgraded folding or feathering props. These are another story. Generally, you want a technique that puts them into fold or feather and then leave the transmission in neutral and it shouldn't spin anyway. For the feathering Max-Prop that we have, that requires putting the transmission in reverse, then back to neutral in a few seconds.
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