Well, now we’ve got our “earliest” back in the water date…sometime in late June. That was already our earliest expected time to get back in the water but our propeller order pretty much cinches it up to be late June.
With the tight aperture of the keel-hung rudder we didn’t really have fore-to-aft space for one of the adjustable pitch props (like Max- or J-prop) so we focused on getting an efficient fixed pitch 3 blade propeller for Mahdee. As it is, the propeller hub will be custom cast 1.25″ thinner than the “standard” hub for our 1-3/4″ shaft. This, along with cutting off 1″ of the stern bearing (we only need 5″ bearing surface and we’ve got 7″ so we’ll be down to 6″ with that cut) will give us a whopping 3/8″ clearance when we’re removing the propeller from the boat (without removing the very difficult to remove rudder).
Our decision was the Campbell Sailor. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that we made a good decision. The design is known to be good in full keel boats like Mahdee; in particular the Campbell Sailor is helpful when the boat is in reverse (reduced prop-walk). We’ll let you know how it goes once we’re in the water. Link to Campbell Sailor Prop