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Re: Propeller Drag - Challenging my intuition
arf145, remember, when they are "pushed out of the way", they are actually displacing water horizontally. It's not like they are being moved into a vacuum.
One added wrinkle, is that I have a full keel and keel mounted rudder. So if my 2-blade prop is locked vertically, there should be no additional drag. A free-wheeling prop, on the other hand, is not. Of course the argument is that I have a slim chance of having that blade lock vertically.