Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Herrington Harbor, MD
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There is pretty near unanimous agreement that either is "better" than a fixed prop. In this case, "better" translates to ~15% increase in sailing speed and more power when motoring in reverse. As to which is the better of the two... unanimity quickly vanishes!
The SSCA does surveys of their membership every 4 (TBR) years and publishes the results. For years MaxProp was the only piece of equipment to have a 100% rating. In 2000 a few breakdowns were reported for the first time.
75% of the SSCA members who participated used Max, 3% Auto, 7% Martec, 5% Sailprop and 3% Luke. Btw, Look at the Gori prop too, it’s a gorgeous piece of engineering.
They all break eventually however, and when they do, Max Prop has built a very impressive reputation for standing behind their product and providing 1st rate service.