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So, lets take a closer look at the mechanics of the maxprop, as there seem to be some experts here, let's see how bright they really are. Nothing worse than know-it-alls who don't know what they are talking about. Well, that's not true, but they can be annoying.
Boat is tied to the dock, engine being shifted from forward to reverse, at idle. Design of the maxprop says it will always offer the proper leading edge of the blades to the water, whether in forward or reverse. If anyone has any doubt, you need only visit the website, as that fact is clearly illustrated on the first page. They are great props, by the way.
Now, it seems to me, that if the prop rotates the blades 180 degrees, it has to go through FEATHER to get from one stop to the other. Get it? No motion of the boat necessary. No waterflow over the blades needed. Bang, bang, bang. Through feather. Study it until you got it, because unless you understand that, then you could NEVER understand how someone could pass through neutral, as I said, then pop it back to neutral in a flash, which many, many people do in the normal course of docking a boat, and since we're at idle, and the rotation of the maxprop at idle is often sluggish, on any given day at any time it is possible to leave the prop feathered, or nearly so, and it happens far more than you might think.
Then there's the other thing down here in Florida, and especially on the southern gulf coast. Boats tied to docks near the mouth of extended canals experience considerable current at peak ebb and flow tide periods. How much current speed does it take to feather a maxprop? Will four knots do it? There are plenty of four knot canals. We get it every day here in Bradenton.
Now, I don't give a damn about anybody's lifetime on a dock. Just because someone owns a piano, don't make him Beethoven. I've done dozens of these props and run my own yacht service for years and met a lot of long talkers who didn't understand the machinery they were explaining to the others on the dock.
And as far as the drinking, I said drinking, not drunk. You don't have to be drunk to slip a shifter through neutral, but it is my observed experience (I don't drink) that a good many boaters are tired and a tad 'under the weather' when coming back to the dock on weekend evenings, and the shifter work is often less than optimal. Anyone who denies that hasn't been in a marina enough.
If you got your feelings hurt or got all defensive about what you perceive as my arrogance, that's too bad. You ought to know better at your age than to crack wise at a man when he's relating a true yacht maintainance story. That's just bad manners and old sailors like me are just apt to spit back. If you don't get it, you don't get it. Don't be talking crap like the other guys a liar and this couldn't happen when it does all the time.
Last edited by Hawkeye25; 07-17-2006 at 10:56 PM.