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While I tend to be a bit of a skeptic concerning MOST 'trick' props, I have 'rebuilt/fixed/adjusted' most of them in twenty plus years yacht service, and the Max is one of the VERY few I wished I could justify the expense for. It is well made, simple, strong, and effective, and I cannot speak a word against it.
However . . .
There was one incident involving one of my customers in Naples with a 57' custom something-or-other sloop, that almost cost him the boat, and the problem turned out to be a Maxiprop. In docking the boat, he'd gone back and forth with the gear shift, and again, and again, and finally popped it from forward, trying for neutral, but hit backgear, and popped it quickly into neutral. This left the blades almost perfectly feathered, quite by accident, with only a little forward pitch.
He left town for two months, and when he returned, ushered a gaggle of giggling clients onto the boat and headed for Gordon Pass, where he found high current, high winds, and very soon, a high heart rate as he struggled to keep his beloved sloop off the rocks. Escaping with only emotional scarring, he called me when he got the boat back to the slip and instructed me to have a new Mercedes Diesel installed because the present engine had apparently 'given up the ghost' and would not spin up past 900 RPM.
After a quick check of a perfectly sound engine, I had a diver look below, where he found and cleaned an incredibly encrusted Maxiprop that could no longer operate properly. It did after a proper cleaning, and the relieved owner set us on a two week bottom service, making sure the prop could never again make him wet his pants in front of non-giggling clients.
The props are great, but they have to be watched.