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Autoprop and fouling

Posted: 5 Apr 2018 - By: Jose & Jules (Fubbs) Lamas

I have an autoprop on our rival 41. The prop is absolutely brilliant both motoring and under sail. The main problem though is that if you leave the boat unused for any length of  time it fouls really badly and it jams. That makes the boat unusable under power until you get a diver to clean the prop. I have also tried diving down and tying a plastic bag over the prop before leaving the boat. It sort of works but it involves a dirty and cold dive before and after.  Work comittments allow limited sailing time these days and the prop issue is quite a bother. I am thinking of reverting to the old prop for now.

Any ideas on how to prevent these props from fouling? 




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