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I have notice that when I put Hush in reverse that there is a considerably disconcerting noise that accompanies the change. Sounds like air and cavitation and thumping. The prop is not fouled and the cutlass bearing is fine. Any ideas what this is, or do others experience the same. Thanks.
 

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Engine/tranny combo? Prop type/brand?
 

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When I initially put my 3 blade max prop in reverse while moving forward if above 1200 RPM it initially makes those funny noises as you describe. It is normal but it sounds quite dis functional.:)
 

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I still haven't been able to figure out what the noise is. I have a fixed prop so I am baffled. Some with the max prop have indicated they too have the noise when the prop is put in reverse.

The noise I hear sounds a lot like air but I don't understand how I can cavitate that much air simply by going into reverse.
 

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I have noticed the same noise (bubbling and gurgling) when shifting into reverse. I our case it seems only to happen when shifting into reverse while slowly coasting forward. I don't hear it when shifting into reverse if the boat is motionless. We too have a Maxprop, but I'm guessing it has more to do with the hull shape and relative location of the propeller, than the prop itself. At any rate it seems harmless (ours has done it for the last 10 years).

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Thanks to everyone for your response. I am going to keep an eye on things hoping the noise is just a quirk of my boat.
 

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Yes! Kenlanu makes exactly the same (and quite disconcerting) noises. The faster you are going forward the more the noise and the greater the "What the bleeep?!?!?!" As others have noted, going into reverse when standing still produces none of these noises so it has be to something to do with turbulance, cavitation, or special gremlins that came with our boats, take your pick.

Fortunately the noise is consistent over the past 6 years and so I assume it is just a normal part of this particular boat. I sure hope I'm right on this one!

Thanks, Jay

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Yes! Kenlanu makes exactly the same (and quite disconcerting) noises. The faster you are going forward the more the noise and the greater the "What the bleeep?!?!?!" As others have noted, going into reverse when standing still produces none of these noises so it has be to something to do with turbulance, cavitation, or special gremlins that came with our boats, take your pick.
Same thing here. I have removed the cockpit floor to check that the engine (Yanmar 3HM35F) is not moving aft on its soft mounts, but I saw nothing interesting. I thought about going over the side to see what was going on in the water, but it seemed likely to be one of those, "Honey, hold my beer and watch this." ideas.

I have a two blade fixed prop.

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Our 34 has always made the same described noise when reversing when you still have a little forward momentum. Thought it was a Max Prop thing but sounds like it will do it with any prop. My guess is the disturbed water from the forward momentum causes a little prop cavitation. No worries!

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