the pointy end is the bow
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: La Conner, Washington
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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.
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA
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Boating for over 25 years, some of them successfully.