[C38] Prop decision

Joseph Launie 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!
> Thanks,
> Charles Finn
> Mighty Quinn #114
> Great Lakes
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