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Re: Newish owners of Morris Leigh 30
Happy New Year to you as well!
That's a pristine bottom job you have there. My prop is below: 2 blade 13" diameter, pitch is 8. I assume it's the original. It pushes the boat fine in calm conditions but slows down significantly in chop or headwinds. Reverse thrust is pretty minimal, which has made my docking technique, let's say, tentative. I'm hoping a feathering prop will provide more thrust in forward and reverse as well as a bit less drag under sail. I let the prop freewheel while sailing, per Hurth transmission, so I don't think there's huge drag with a spinning 2 blade. I considered a Campell Sailor fixed 3 blade. It would save about $800 over the Kiwi feathering prop currently at the top of my list.
I also was surprised by the speed and light handling. The hull form is deceptive. Looking at it in the water, with the tall bullwarks and the two pointy ends, it gives the impression of a very heavy traditional hull (Colin Archer, Tahiti Ketch, etc.). But in fact there are no wineglass sections here. The keel attaches at the sharp angle typical of a much more modern design, so less wetted surface even though it's a long keel. We hit 6kts regularly in a boat with an LWL of 23'. All this make me reluctant to bolt on a 3-blade fixed prop.
Good luck with your projects. My standing rigging was redone at some point with Norseman fittings and is in good shape. Electronics & head were new when we bought, so we're working on getting the engine squared away (cutlass bearing & engine mounts last year), sails (new main & dutchman) and running rigging. Cheers.
Green Stripe // 1981 Morris Leigh 30