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Ralph Bulle
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Posted: September 27 2006 at 10:33 | IP Logged Quote Ralph Bulle

My biggest beef with my Sabre 34 is the way that it backs: virtually uncontrollable, especially with any cross-wind. It has the original fixed 2-bladed, offset prop. I'm thinking about changing prop's, but don't want to take on the added drag of a fixed 3-bladed prop. Does anyone have any experience with a folding 2 or 3 bladed prop, and what difference did it make on the boat's backing ability?

Ralph Bulle
1990 Sabre 34 II (#398)
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Bob Adriance
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Posted: September 29 2006 at 11:51 | IP Logged Quote Bob Adriance


Folding props are harder to back than two-blade props. I'd suggest
sticking with the two-blade and practice backing the boat in open
water. Spring lines can also help.

Whatever you do, don't get a three-blade; way too much drag.

Bob Adriance Editor, Seaworthy
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Jim Schofield
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Posted: November 17 2006 at 09:27 | IP Logged Quote Jim Schofield

Bob is "almost right"...

You could dig very deep into your wallet and buy a Max-Prop 3 blade which would vastly improve your ability to manuver under power and provide very little drag while under sail.  It's a wonderful piece of gear, but extremely expensive.

By the way, I don't have one on my current boat (Sabre 34), but I've learned how to accept her excentricities in reverse through repetition.  Still can find other "needs" before the prop investment.

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