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18" Max-Prop Classic 3-blade Feathering Prop, Factory Recond.


Jack Webb
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In case anyone is looking for a Max-Prop, I just listed one on eBay. It's an 18", and too big for the W32, but should be a good fit for the 42 or 43. (Input from Bud?) It was factory reconditioned in 2005 and only has about 20 hrs on it since. I purchased it a year ago from a friend, thinking that I might try to modify the rudder opening to make it work on my W32. I decided it wasn't worth going to that much work... I'll find a used 16 instead.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130333551933

Jack


Bud Taplin
(Member)

The W42/43 takes a 20" diameter prop so that the blades will be out in the waterstream, consequently the 18" one would probably not work too well.


Jack Webb
(Member)

Thank you for the clarification, Bud. I didn't really know what they needed, but figured the owners probably would. The 20" blades will fit on this hub but that, of course, would mean buying a new set of blades. Probably not the best option.

Would it be as much of a job as I suspect it would to make the 70 mm hub, 1-1/4 in shaft and 18 in blades work on the W32?

Thanks again for your feedback.

Jack


Joe Kovacs

Get a prop shop to trim the blades back to 17" or 16"? Easy for them.

Sea Breeze has a 17 X 11 fixed blade (3 blades) sailboat prop and it seems to work OK.


Bud Taplin
(Member)

Since the 18" Maxprop is designed for an 1-1/4" shaft, to use it on a Westsail 32 it would require changing the shaft, coupling, shaft log, bearing, and stuffing box. Not really worth the effort.

Better to sell it to someone that already has an 1-1/4" shaft, and can use an 18" diameter prop.

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