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Re: Confused about prop pitch, variance between prop brands
I actually started this process by emailing PYI to find out what they sell refurbished ones for. It is a good discount, but perhaps not substantial. A 15" 2-blade prop that is $1534 new at pyacht.com is $1190 refurb from them for instance. That is about 75% of the new price.
One of the good reasons for me to consider a Max-Prop is that PYI is local and clearly does a great job of supporting the product. It is also not hard to find fans of the design, everyone who has them seems to like them.
I'm concerned about having even more prop-walk than my Campbell Sailer prop, which the 2-blade Max-Prop (what I can "afford" at new prices) appears to have. Maybe I'm reading too much into the YM review that shows the 2-blade Max-Prop as having a lot of prop-walk. It does make sense that it would have a lot of prop-walk since the blades go to full pitch in reverse. I started looking at alternatives due to prop-walk concerns.
The Yachting Monthly article got me thinking about folding props, despite me initially not considering them. The Flex-O-Fold has some nice characteristics in that review: best forward thrust, decent reverse thrust, minimal prop-walk. Almost all other reviews online (with the exception of Maine Sail's...good to have a strong counterpoint) are positive as well. Finally the prop is sold for a competitive price and requires less annual maintenance then the Max-Prop, making the overall cost a lot cheaper. However I might be able to take the Max-Prop with me to the next boat, so it could be a better "long term" investment.
At 7000lbs dry my boat is light compared to most inboard engine boats, I don't need world breaking reverse thrust. I do need to be able to stop while docking, but I don't see any evidence that I'd be giving that up.
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