Hi Aleana. Lush Life has a 20 inch Classic 3 blade MaxProp for a 30mm shaft. I can’t find details of the pitch it was set at, but I remember that the supplier, PYI Inc (USA) was able to tell me straight off what it should be as they had fitted a number of DS42’s with the prop. They have a very useful website. pyiinc.com
Cruise at 6.5 knots at 2,100 rpm. I think from memory that at 3,200 rpm we were around 8 knots.
We have just traded in Lush Life for a new SO 519 which arrives from France in early April.
Congrats on the new boat - so I heard from the guys at Orakei (they were doing their job and called me about buying yours but I told them I had recently bought another 42DS)!
Keen to know how you get on with your new 519 - I think there are a few arriving in NZ now aren't there?
And I'm sure my wife and I would love to see the difference - whilst we love our 42DS we've been quietly coveting the 50+ versions over our summer cruise and my wife has recently started watching liveaboard family cruising videos - the campaign is working!
Its a long post with many responses. We have a Kiwi prop, built in New Zealand and I cannot say enough good thinigs about it. It is much less expensive than other props, performs beautifully and little or no prop walk with lots of bite in reverse. Check it out.
Yes being in NZ there are a lot of Kiwis who are fans of the Kiwi Prop - but somehow I could never get over the idea of plastic blades on such a mission-critical device. Especially after hearing some reports of shattering blades. I just feel some things should always be metal, I guess!
I put a Kiwi on our prior boat, SO34.2, and it worked very well, near-zero prop walk. Our SO40 came with a MaxProp, also 3-bladed. The Max has a bit more prop walk when the boat is stopped, but also more "bite" and power in reverse. Over the years, I've learned to use the prop walk to my advantage when maneuvering in narrow fairways.