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Hi everyone!
I have one quick qustion.
Under sails which position should I leave transmition - Neutral, forward or backward
My boat has regular prop - not foldable
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Reverse is recommended while under sail on my boat

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neutral (but doesn't matter if u ask me)

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We just went thru this w/in the last week or so, didn't we? Unless your boat, engine or prop manufacturer has a different recommendation: My impression is reverse is regarded by most to be the best.

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Our two previous boats with fixed props recommended locking the shaft while sailing to keep the transmission from spinning. The Catalina 34 was explicit about using reverse to do this. The explanation I heard is that the spinning components in the transmission may not get the required lubrication when spinning without the motor spinning as well. I don't know if that's true or not, but I do see that it can add hours and hours of wear to the drive train that are not necessary.
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What's the make and model of your transmission?

The owner's manual for the tranny on my Catalina with a Universal diesel says neutral.
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There are good arguments for any of the above, so try all three and see what you like the best. Some say a turning prop has more drag and some say it has less. I think the most common choice is reverse.
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What's the make and model of your transmission?

The owner's manual for the tranny on my Catalina with a Universal diesel says neutral.
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It was an '89 C-34. I think the motor designation was M25-XP
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What's the make and model of your transmission?

The owner's manual for the tranny on my Catalina with a Universal diesel says neutral.
Thank you guys for your good advices

I have Yanmar 2GM 1981
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In neutral, my old prop spins.
In reverse, it doesn't.
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