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The typical everyday sailor who does not have access to dive equipment, nor the skills to do this job underwater would normally hire a professional to do a job like this, just as he would hire a mechanic to work on his engine or a rigger to replace his rig. It is cheaper, faster and more convenient to have a skilled, knowlegeble diver do it while the boat is in the water than to haul the friggin' thing for what is essentially a pretty easy job that can be done in an hour or two.

FYI to all- there is almost no prop work that cannot be performed while the boat is in the water and that goes for fixed, feathering or folding.
It's not the same as engine work or rigging work, both of those are much more accessible to the lay-person.

In water/under water work is a different realm than the two examples you provided above.
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It's not the same as engine work or rigging work, both of those are much more accessible to the lay-person.

In water/under water work is a different realm than the two examples you provided above.
You're splitting hairs for no apparent reason. Repitching a Max Prop underwater is not rocket science and anyone so inclined and had the tools and breathing gear, could do it. Is the average boat owner likely to do this? No. But neither is he likely to rebuild his fuel injectors or install a roller furler by himself. But that doesn't mean it can't be done.
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You're splitting hairs for no apparent reason. Repitching a Max Prop underwater is not rocket science and anyone so inclined and had the tools and breathing gear, could do it. Is the average boat owner likely to do this? No. But neither is he likely to rebuild his fuel injectors or install a roller furler by himself. But that doesn't mean it can't be done.
Not the point. The point is; it is erroneous to claim that it's in the same realm as engine work or rigging work, both of those are much more accessible to the lay-person.

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All very interesting, but the new technology (Ecowind) is apparently extremely easy to adjust the pitch (allen wrench and a dial) but then does all of the work itself. It is a pretty damn sweet looking prop if it works the way it is advertised. I just didn't know if anyone out there had any actual experience with one yet.
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All very interesting, but the new technology (Ecowind) is apparently extremely easy to adjust the pitch (allen wrench and a dial) but then does all of the work itself. It is a pretty damn sweet looking prop if it works the way it is advertised. I just didn't know if anyone out there had any actual experience with one yet.
What do they go for?
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All very interesting, but the new technology (Ecowind) is apparently extremely easy to adjust the pitch (allen wrench and a dial) but then does all of the work itself. It is a pretty damn sweet looking prop if it works the way it is advertised. I just didn't know if anyone out there had any actual experience with one yet.
It does seem like a neat idea, It'll be interesting to see how it shakes out.
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I'm looking also about changing my fixed 3 blade to the ecowind. They are quite expensive PYI has the price sheet online. I'm hoping the added performance underpower is worth the premium price

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Hi Dave:

I went to PYI's site but couldn't find the price sheet. Did did get a rough verbal quote from them but found the P2 Marine sells them for PYI and they do have a price list (which was substantially lower than what PYI intimated. P2 can be found at: Max Prop ECOWIND Props

Where did you find PYI's price sheet on their site?
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Where did you find PYI's price sheet on their site?
http://www.pyiinc.com/images/pdf/max..._List_2011.pdf
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Yikes! For that price an Autoprop seems reasonable. Fortunately they don't seem to make one for a one and a half inch shaft so I don't need to even think about it. Seems like a definite improvement over the standard Max's loss of thrust because of the straight blades but I'm not sure I like the idea of depending on a spring for my prop to function properly.

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