Originally Posted by rackham the red
Can anyone weigh in on folding props. I am considering changing my props to folding ones. Any ideas? Does anyone know a prop supplier who can actually provide support so I don't end up over revving my engines?
? Multiple? You have more than one prop and engine? What kind of boat are we talking about?
If you're racing a folding prop is pretty much a necessity. They'll give you time for a fixed prop, but it won't be enough in light air. This I know from experience.
If you're day sailing I wouldn't bother, unless you've money to burn and/or you really want to get the most out of the boat just because you can.
If you're a cruiser I'd think twice. Yes, it will help performance--otherwise racers wouldn't use them. But they introduce complications and another point of failure. Many cruisers spend a lot of time motoring, and some of that time is because conditions are too adverse for sailing. Not a good time for prop misbehaviour. Many cruisers also spend a lot of time maneuvering in unfamiliar anchorages and marinas. Again: Not good times for prop shenanigans. Many cruisers go with feathering props, rather than folding, or stick with fixed props.
The prop companies will recommend a prop (or props) for your boat, depending upon boat, engine(s), etc. I just had both Gori and Flexofold spec props out for Abracadabra.
For a folding prop I'd go with Gori, I think. For a feathering prop: The Max-Prop is pretty much regarded as the best, but a lot of cruising sailors swear by the Kiwi.
We race and day-sail. Some day we hope to cruise. We had a Martec on the boat, but were not pleased with it, so the fixed prop is currently fitted. Next spring I hope to put a Gori on. We were considering a feathering prop, but our normal sailing grounds are very
weedy, and one of the advantages of a folding prop is less snagging of things in the water.