[C38] Prop decision
Charles at finn.ws
Thu May 25 12:54:56 EDT 2017
I am just about to install my completely rebuilt yanmar 3jh3-e and it
is time to decide on a prop. I am down to either a flex-o-fold or max
prop. I am looking for opinions and advice!
I will be sailing a lot of miles as I once again will cruise all the
Great Lakes as I move the boat from Lake Champlain to Lake Superior.
The upgrade to a 40hp was both to give me the power my Universal 5424
did not have and to cruise near boat speed without having to operate the
engine at max power.
For those of you who have not heard, I got caught at anchor in a 55 kt
blow on a lea shore last summer that did about $15k to my boat. I was on
shore watching the storm on the lake to the north (on radar), when it
doglegged south and all hell broke loose! I barely made it to the boat,
which was dragging on my 35# delta anchor as the wind made square waves
over 5' and tore the firmly embedded anchor out of a clay bottom. And
before anyone asks, I have 60' of 5/8 chain and was on a more than 5:1
rode. With the motor flat out and the anchor helping as it reset and
then broke free again and again, I was barely able to deep off the rock
ledge shore, but it was wack-a-mole with other boats who were dragging
anchors and even moorings! So as I was struggling to save my boat,
three of my friends with big motors powered out of the bay into the open
lake. They had a hell of a ride, but at least were able to make it to
By the way, I immediately went out and bought a rocna 45# anchor and it
is amazing how this anchor sets and holds! There is a huge difference
and for those of us who sleep (or don't) many nights at anchor.... this
one is something you should strongly consider regardless of the price!
Mighty Quinn #114
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