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I am looking into replacing my Martec 2 bladed folding prop. Martec is the US distributor for the Autostream Feathering Propellers. The price for a 3-blade 15" all SS prop seems very reasonable at about $1,900US. Has anyone here had any experience with the Autostream?
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No, but you might also consider the Kiwi prop. THere is another posting that has a lot more detail. I just bought one and it came within a week. It has composite and bronze parts and looks well made. I have not installed it, but in the previous posting someone else has. The cost is much more reasonable--about $1250 or so depending on exchange rates. It looks like a decent alternative to other props.

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where can I get the zinc for my autostream prop in the U.S.? Thanks
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where can I get the zinc for my autostream prop in the U.S.? Thanks
Martec has 'em:

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Norm Ross at West by North Enterprises
email: norm at westbynorth dot com
phone: (604)506-2032

I purchased mine from him for a Autostream S1 Stainless Steel Model
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We've had an Autostream for three seasons. It came from the factory with the pitch set to match the fixed blade prop it was replacing, but they sent it for a 1" rather than the 1 1/8" shaft I specified. The shaft size is managed by the size of an internal collar. Martec sent the replacement, but when S&S (the local retailer) installed it, the pre-set pitch was lost. Luckily it's adjustable, so it was easily made right. It used to be that if there was less than 8 kts or so of wind it wasn't worth pulling up the sails. Now we are able to sail in 5 kts. Definitely worthwhile.
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And I have had the Autostream on my boat now for about 18 months. I highly recommend the prop. We picked up about 1 to 1.5 knots under sail and about a knot while motoring. Plus all the prop walk went away. Gary at Martec is great and the customer service there is fantastic.
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I have had the Autostream on my boat for over 9 years now. I highly recommend the prop. It has been virtually maintenance free. Just grease it at each haulout and replace the zinc (available from Martec). I just disassembeled the prop after 9 years for cleaning and lubrication. There was no visible wear. I changed the outer "O" ring seals, but the original ones were still in great shape. They have a great instruction manual (PDF) for installation and maintenance.
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Prop walk went away? IRMV
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