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Ocean Highlander lV was conceived as a 52ft GT Cruising Cat with a 20m “Freewing” freestanding wing mast, and 22hp “definitely auxiliary” engines.
With the original folding props handling could at times be exciting – etched in the memory is a crowded Clachnaharry sea lock on the Caledonian canal with a rising wind up the tail. Folding prop efficiency, especially in reverse, is poor to say the least, and that was a day we really needed brakes.
Being underpowered by conventional standards our requirement for an acceptable compromise between very fine pitch for braking, (our No.1 concern), and good ahead pitch for motoring, seemed an impossible goal….in Europe…but in Australia we found Autostream, with individually adjusting ahead and astern pitch.
We may still only have 22hp engines, but the conversion to actual thrust, especially in astern, has transformed handling and prevented more grey hairs than Grecian 2000. Forward motoring is optimised, and although we may not do 8kts astern, the fine pitch setting gives magnificent manoeuvring and braking where it is most needed.
Thank you Ben
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