[C38] Prop decision
jlaunie at cox.net
Thu May 25 16:04:52 EDT 2017
I have over 20 years experience with Max props and strongly
recommend them. it is important to get the right one. My first max-prop
was 2 bladed to reduce racing drag. big mistake. About 5 years ago I
upgraded to a three bladed classic max prop. Following the advice of the
factory, I got the old model which cannot be adjusted in the water. The
new design is intended for 100 hp engines. With the 3 blade i can come
into the slip hot and stop the boat dead. I can power into rough seas. Joe
On 5/25/2017 9:54 AM, Charles Finn wrote:
> Hi folks!
> 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 safety.
> 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!
> Charles Finn
> Mighty Quinn #114
> Great Lakes
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