[C38] Prop decision

Steve Smolinske SSmolinske at rainierrubber.com
Thu May 25 16:23:27 EDT 2017

Chuck I loved my max prop nothing but good to say about it 

> On May 25, 2017, at 6:56 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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