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The following testimonials to our products and service are true to the original writer. They are not edited in any way beyond correcting the occasional spelling mistake and removing private addresses.

Dear Mary,

It was nice to talk to you on the phone this afternoon. You are really the person that convinced me to try the stainless steel feathering prop when I was shopping around last year.

My boat Constance is a Sabre 36 hull #1 that was designed as a racer/cruiser before that was a common term.

Originally she was equipped with a 16” folding MARTEC prop that was fine for getting to and from the mooring but was not in my opinion adequate for long range cruising.

In preparation for an extended cruise from Oxford MD to Boothbay Harbour ME, I replaced the old prop with a 15” 3 blade feathering Autostream Stainless prop. Although we discussed changing the shaft to stainless I decided to try the original 1” bronze. The boat is powered by a Westerbeke 27 with a top speed of 3000rpm.

The installation was easy and after sea trials I reduced the pitch slightly from the original setting to allow the engine to run up to speed. I hauled the boat for this, because of murky water but it could be done with the boat in the water.

…All in all I “sailed” about 2000 miles in all kinds of weather and conditions. At least 75% of the time we were under power. Where was the romance of sailing?

The prop performed flawlessly. Given our route there were many places that we experienced adverse currents up to 4 and 5 knots. Particularly at the entrances to the canals. The Race off Fishers Island in Long Island sound, and Hell Gate in the east River.

Operationally the new prop runs very smoothly as a result of its good balance. It has good bite in reverse and good drive in choppy conditions. It also handled turbulent conditions well with no cavitation.

I have just installed a stainless shaft and took the opportunity to disassemble and inspect the prop. There is no noticeable wear and its condition is like new.

The Sabre is very sensitive boat and responds to minor changes in trim. I have not been able to detect any difference in performance under sail when the prop is feathered compared to the 2 bladed folding prop.

In my opinion The Autostream Prop is a quality piece of gear that performs very well. It has certainly been a very worthwhile upgrade to Constance. If you want any clarification or need more information please e-mail me.

Charlie Fletcher

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