[C38] Prop decision

Steven Ribble steve.ribble at gmail.com
Thu May 25 16:12:30 EDT 2017


I've got the three blade max prop and love it forward and reverse. Lot's of
use in North Atlantic tides and waves. For what it's worth.


Steven Ribble
207 852-0971

On May 25, 2017 12:55 PM, "Charles Finn" <Charles at finn.ws> 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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