I recently bought a new Beta Marine 35 saildrive engine.
i am now in need of a new propeller.
I have a 43ft 'Gitana 43' sailboat.
There seem as many propellers as there are opinions on propellers.
However I am seeking your opinions now!
questions, 2 or 3 blade
fixed or folding (almost certainly folding)
Thoughts on how to come up with the answers to the above questions also very welcome!
Many thanks in advance to you all.
James sorry can't advise on props but I need to let you know that the Forum will be taken off line from tomorrow (Monday) whilst it is migrated to our new website. So folk won't be able to respond from tomorrow.
First you must answer for yourself some of the following in no particular order:
Weight of your boat?
Do you race?
Do you run your boat like a motor sailor (turn on your engine below 4-5 knots) or do you like to sail in light airs?
How much thrust do you want from your drive train?
There are fixed and folding, but some of the best props are feathering?
How much do you need reverse and prop walk for maneuvering around marinas?
Then you can go to a prop expert like Chris at Darglow (google Darglow in UK) who is very knowledgably and was very helpful when I addressed some of the same questions a few years ago.
My best, Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy