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If you have a 3 blade I'd let it spin assuming it doesn't drive you crazy

If you have a 2 blade, I'd put a couple of marks on the shaft so that you can rotate it by hand until the blades are vertical and then lock it

Or just buy a folding prop... much easier!

I suppose you could mark the shaft of a 3 blade so that you can lock it with one vertical and the other two up in the turbulence of the hull

How much do you care about that bit of extra drag?
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I had a fixed three blade on the Valiant and I always locked it. The noise bothered me and I was never sure about damage to the transmission.
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I had a fixed three blade on the Valiant and I always locked it. The noise bothered me and I was never sure about damage to the transmission.
Do you know of any device to lock it on a sail drive?

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Yanmar MSA .pdf


"Advisory Number: MSA08-003:

DATE February 8, 2008 Dealers and OEMs
TO: All Marine Distributors
SUBJECT: Gear in Neutral While Sailing All MODELS:

All Sailboat Engines

We continue to get questions regarding the correct gear position while sailing with the engine OFF. This advisory is issued as a reminder; Yanmar requires that if sailing with the engine OFF (not running) the transmission shifter must be in the neutral position or internal damage to the gear or sail-drive will result. This damage will not be covered by Yanmar’s Limited Warranty. Please instruct customers and dealers who deliver the sailboat to the customer, of the correct (Neutral) position for the marine gear while sailing.

If the customer desires that the propeller shaft not spin while sailing, either a folding propeller, shaft brake, or other suitable device may be used.
However, Yanmar accepts no responsibility for the selection, installation, or operation of such devices. Please also refer to Marine service advisory “MSA07-001_Yanmar Sail Drive Propeller Selection” for additional information.

If you have any questions regarding this advisory please contact a Customer Support representative."


The guy from Yanmar admitted that prior to 2008 they did not take much of a position either way in regards to reverse or neutral, hence the constant confusion on the forums when talking about Yanmar's.

This info does NOT apply to other engine makers!
Thanks, that's news to me. They seem to mean that even with a folding propeller it should be also leaved in neutral however normally folding driver propellers say to put gear in reverse. I wonder if they all fold if the engine is on neutral.

On light winds I doubt. Maybe we can put it on reverse, fold the prop and then put it on neutral.

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