Systems & Propulsion

Amanda Neal checks the feathering mechanism on the Max-Prop (left). The Max-Prop had excellent stopping power, but needed rebuilding three times in 18 years. The Flexofold (right) was sized to match the new smaller 75-horsepower engine.

Folding vs. Feathering Props

With a new engine, Mahina Tiare gets a new streamlined screw.

For the past 40 years we’ve sailed an average of 10,000 miles annually between Australia, Alaska, Antarctica and Spitsbergen motoring or motorsailing between 400 and 600 hours, depending on the area – more hours in high latitudes of Antarctica and the Arctic, fewer in the tropical trade winds.

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