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Ron Hill

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Re: Newbie question - 3 blade Prop
« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2021, 02:16:53 PM »

Guys : The picture of Stu's 3 bladed looks like the Catalina OEM 3 bladed Sailor Prop (just like mine).  The "thickness" is called the cord (leading edge to trailing edge of an airfoil)

The first year I hauled (1989?) I recall that there was a faint "Australia" stamp, but other than the 15x9 there was no name or other marking on my 3 bladed OEM prop!!

A few thoughts

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Ed Shankle

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Re: Newbie question - 3 blade Prop
« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2021, 05:55:59 AM »

Medved,
Not sure where you are located, but I bought my Flexofold a number of years ago from their Marblehead Ma dealer. That is their US base, or was. Not sure if it is still active. Look up “Flexofold Marblehead” for contact info.
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Re: Newbie question - 3 blade Prop
« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2021, 08:26:36 AM »

Medved,
Not sure where you are located, but I bought my Flexofold a number of years ago from their Marblehead Ma dealer. That is their US base, or was. Not sure if it is still active. Look up “Flexofold Marblehead” for contact info.
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Ed

Found a contact on cruiser forum Hensen Marine. Placed an order today, should get it after Memorial Day.
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Re: Newbie question - 3 blade Prop
« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2021, 11:30:22 AM »

One reason I like the 3 bladed prop is it gives me an excuse as to why someone sails faster than me, because it cant be my skills! :shock:
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Re: Newbie question - 3 blade Prop
« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2021, 12:17:13 PM »

The reason I like the folding prop is I need all the help I can get!
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Re: Newbie question - 3 blade Prop
« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2021, 01:01:38 PM »

I have recently replaced the Martec, 2 bladed folder with the Campbell Sailer fixed 3 blade.  I never had good luck with the Martec.  The engine needed to run at far too low an idle to enable a decent engagement of the transmission.  The prop was extremely noisy during opening and from the feels of things exerted a good deal of strain on the drive train.  With Campbell Sailer I can idle between 900 and 1000rpm, the engine is smooth and the shift from forward to reverse is much calmer.  This not a damnation of folders, just my experience with one brand.
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