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I would say a 20” is the right size for your configuration. I have a 21” and it is a bit oversized for my 55hp W60. I’m at cruising speed at 1500 RPM, and that’s not a diesel’s sweet spot. I definitely recommend the feathering prop and although there are several quality brands, I can only speak to the MaxProp which has served me well for 15 years. There are of course good and bad points of a feathering prop. When they are good, they are very very good. When they are bad, they are very bad. To the good, they do assist sailing speed and reduce drag. I’ve got a couple of first in class in races to attest. They power very well in forward and exceptional in reverse. It also seems to reduce the Starboard crawl in reverse. That may be attributed to its quick reverse stern-way which gives it more responsive rudder steerage. The MaxProp is dependable and durable. I’ve wrapped my share of crab pots and have twice had major jib-sheet fouls, (stupid captain error) one so severe that it bent the shaft and strut, but no damage to the prop. The bad side is that they do not perform well at all when they are fouled with barnacles or anything else. In that respect they react worse than a fixed prop. The other perhaps negative is that they are expensive. Maintenance includes not only keeping it clean, but a simple re-greasing on haul outs.
As for your pitch recommendation, I can’t give you that but the MaxProp is Configurable and can be tweaked (changed) on haulouts.
Here is photo of anchor.
Good question, as I have thought the same thing, especially when I’ve needed to crawl in there. I’m looking forward to any comments you get. You might chat with Pete Doubler. I believe I recall he cut his out but filled it with a reinforced custom fiberglass fuel tank.
Hey Rich. I have a 155 Ginny, roller furl ready. It had split down the leech but was professionally repaired at Schuur sails in Pensacola. Since the repair I raced it in 20+ knots wind and won first in fleet in the 2017 Dauphin Island race. After that my new sail came in and this one has been stored ever since.
Let me know if you are interested.
I posted the pictures you sent me of the hatch boards so that others may see them.
Hope that helps.
These are the hatch-boards.
David: I wondered if you have tried SparTight. https://www.westmarine.com/buy/spartite–spartite-mast-wedge-replacement-system–P002_065_007_501
I replaced my leaky wedges with SparTight about 4 years ago and it hasn’t leaked a drop since. Quite a nice system. It has had quite a test with about 6 Gulf Crossings, some storms, and even the rigors of racing in 20+kts. Though I haven’t had my mast out since I installed it, they say it pulls out with the stick and then goes back in smoothly, but that is yet to be seen.
Greno: I knew a Greno who had a Pearson 323 at lake Norman in Charlotte in the late 70’s early eighties. Was that you? I loved that boat so much I bought one in ’84 and sailed till 2010 when I got the 424.
Hey Phil: I mailed the package (bracket) Wednesday by regular
US mail, the cheapest and slowest way they offered. I think it was $14. I am
looking for the receipt. It also has a tracking number but I think it would
arrive about Monday.
77o0-313-5115Good to hear from you. I could not recall who I had talked to about the bracket. Do you want me to just send it US mail and then tell you how much shipping cost.
It was in the February 2017 Cruising World. It was a great article (short and to-the-point) that reminded me of the way I remember the Windwards. I’ve been afraid that they would have changed too much over the years like the BVI. Though I remember some things about Carriacou, I seem to recall the traditional boatbuilding in Bequia. Some of my favorite memories were in small and little known Palm Island, though more with the people than the island itself. It’s been 30+ years since I cruised the Windwards so I’ve enjoyed following your adventure.CharlieOneEighty #54
Attachments:Tor: I figured something was going on. I have missed your experience and plethora of comments from the McGiver of 424’s. Some of us have been rebuilding our boats one part at a time using the guidance from you guys who have already done it. I wish you well in your next voyage.When I saw the picture in your Cruising World article last month I immediately said “I’ve been there, I slept under that boat one night.” I was wrong though. It looked like a place in Bequia.Best to you.CharlieOneEighty #54I spent one winter in the Great Lakes (2010) and as soon as it thawed out we headed back south. I learned that it is expensive to pull, wrap and winterize a boat every year. Plus, you can’t sail when the water is hard and if you fall in the water you die. You yanks are more hardy than I. One advantage to pulling the boat every year is that you get to check out what’s going on with the bottom of the boat. In the south we may not do that for a few years, and sometimes bad things happen down under that we don’t know about until it becomes serious.CharlieOneEighty #54Oooh, its cold up there. I’m following the ducks.CharlieOneEighty #54