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For those interested in Kiwi I had one fitted to my Feeling 36 when I bought her 18 months ago. As I've only sailed with this prop I can't offer any direct comparisons, but I can report two minor maintenance issues (or rather, good service issues). I can also say that the previous owner thought reversing on the old fixed two-blade prop was sometimes "interesting" and on the Kiwi I have found the boat delightfully manoueverable in both directions, so there is probably truth in the reduced prop kick argument.
Firstly at first year maintenanace my boat yard reported stailess steel pins were badly corroded (but not failed) - UK Kiwi agent immedately sent titanium replacements foc. I understand titanium pins are now standard.
Second, heavy vibration in gear last weekend pointed to a prop problem. My boatyard attended quickly and found one Kiwi blade "stop" missing; probably a rope snag had done it. I haven't knowlingly snagged a rope, although there was that strange hesitation in Loch Aline ... Again Kiwi have supplied the part overnight (and we are talking about semi-remote location) and all's fixed.
Added to the two impressively speedy parts, Kiwi were able to customise and supply the prop at very short notice in the first place, and I've had no reason to doubt or change the pitch settings.
So, 10/10 for (UK) service, and I accept that something with moving parts is going to be more vulnerable than a bronze cast. I love to think of those blades feathering when not in use.