[Public-List] Prop while sailing, locked or free to spin ?

Jonathan Bresler via Public-List public-list at lists.alberg30.org
Fri Apr 22 07:23:55 PDT 2016


Have heard from list members to lock the prop while while.  Several of our
racing members do so by putting the A-4 into gear after rotating the shaft
to "hide" the two blade prop behind the deadwood.   Some folks use a
vise-grip on the shaft with the handle against the hull to stop the shaft
and prop from spinning.

While sailing last night, I came up with a slightl different way to lock
the prop.  Wrapped the rubber strap from a rubber strap oil filter wrench
around the shaft till the handle was held against the hull.   Worked
great.  Getting it off, required a good steady pull on the handle to spin
the shaft backwards a few rotations.  Had picked up a pair of these strap
wrench at Advance Auto in their discount bin for $5.00, I seem to
remember.  Useful for removing the oil filter, as well.

So what do you do ?
Lock the shaft or not?
If you lock the shaft, how ?


Jonathan M Bresler
S/V Constance Alberg 30 #262
Annapolis/Eastport MD

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