This study investigated the performance characteristics of ten different commercially available propellers typically seen on auxiliary sail boats. Included in the testing were two feathering propellers, three folding propellers, one self-pitching propeller, and four fixed- based propellers. All propellers were of the same pitch and diameter. Testing consisted of three common boating situations: forward boat speed, forward rotation (normal forward operation); forward boat speed, reverse rotation (backing down); and forward boat speed, no rotation (drag under sail). It was found that all ten propellers performed generally well in forward operation, but that large differences in performance existed in reverse and ind rag. The text of the paper is written with the lay audience in mind.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Marine Technology, v 32 n 3, July 1995, p 209 [7 p, 1 tab, 14 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Lurie, B
    • Taylor, T
  • Publication Date: 1995


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  • Accession Number: 00718975
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 1996 12:00AM