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I put a three blade Max on my boat last year and love the thing. Little drag and good power transfer - a lot better than the Martec that was there before. I was seriously looking at the Autoprop but the guy in the boat next to mine last winter had one and he loved it except (according to him) when he hit a sharp chop and the blades refeatherd and the had a hard time getting going again. I have no idea if this problem is generic or specific to his boat, but it was enough to discourage me from getting one.

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I wandered into the PYI (makers of the Max-Prop) factory a couple of months ago.

I found out something that might be of interest to you.

They sell used, reconditioned Max-Props.. They are about 30% less than new ones.

So, if you're thinking about buying one, you might call them up and see if they have a used one in the size you want.

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If anybody has experience with this and has a link for a source it would be greatly appreciated.
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I have had a couple of Max props on different boats. I have had little or no trouble with them and I like the way they run, feather, and give extra power astern. I while ago I bought an HR 42 with a Max prop. It was well worn and at the first haulout I sent it in to be serviced. It came back looking like a piece of jewlery, and performed perfectly. It is easy to change the pitch at haulout. I have no experience with an autoprop.
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It is easy to change the pitch at haulout.
An experienced diver can do it in the water for probably less money and certainly less inconvenience than a haulout.
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An experienced diver can do it in the water for probably less money and certainly less inconvenience than a haulout.
I disagee with that statement if you are referring to the max prop. Being both a certified diver and a max prop owner for the past 20 plus years, I would not want to change the pitch under water. In fact, I need an extra pair of hands when changing that pitch on the hard. It's difficult lineing up the blades to get them set into the exact groves. Other than that the prop has been great!
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I disagee with that statement if you are referring to the max prop. Being both a certified diver and a max prop owner for the past 20 plus years, I would not want to change the pitch under water.
Well, I disagree with your disagreement. I have installed, removed and repitched many, many Max Props with a 100% success rate, all of them underwater. In fact, if you were to call PYI and ask them for a diver to do such work in the Bay Area, they'd point you to me. They recommend divers all over the country that service Max Props underwater. For someone experienced and properly equipped, it's no big deal.

BTW, I have never lost a part. Even if I did, PYI have assured me they would Next Day Air a replacement at no cost.

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I bought a boat with a new ( 135 hours) engine, drivetrain, and feathering propeller. A very expensive type of prop mind you. I was excited ! no drag under sail, power thrust in both directions, all that jazz.

Never again. It popped the key twice, once in an extremely dangerous situation on a large river woth tons of commercial traffic, current, and no wind. That and damage to my hard working, no complaints rudder.

I replaced with the Campbell Sailor. It is made of a single piece of metal, produces gobs of thrust, much better balanced than any one with moving parts. I will never own a prop with more than one piece again. Oh, the campbell cost 1/4 as much as the prop it replaced.
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Kiwi Feathering Prop

If you happen to be in the UK, Kiwiprop have a stand at the Southampton Boat Show (11th-20th September 2009). They will be inside the Ocean Hall, at stand G10
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A friend with a C & C 36 hit a piece of wood with his Maxprop and one blade stripped its gears.Insurance paid for a replacement so he changed to a Gori which seems a lot more robust.He was told you can't replace damaged parts in a Maxprop.

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