383 prop walk

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  1. HARDIN CHANCEY

    HARDIN CHANCEY New Member

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    When going astern she will not go starboard astern she walks port,is there anything I can do to improve going starboard, or is this a normal thing for 383? Thanks, charlie
     
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    tfrere Thomas McNulty

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    Yes it’s normal. Try putting it in reverse and give it a burst of the throttle then put it in neutral.
     
  3. Travis

    Travis New Member

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    I second what Thomas said. If the wind isn’t favorable for it, you won’t be able to back to starboard unless you do what he said.
     
  4. dave_a

    dave_a Dave Ahlers

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    My boat would back consistently to the right, except when it decided to go left.
    I went out in the bay and reversed for an hour, trying to figure out what it would do, when, & why.
    I decided I just had to be ready for anything in R. I think the ultimate solution would be a bigger, deeper rudder.
    Some days I looked like I knew what I was doing, other days...not so much.
     
  5. rickdowe2

    rickdowe2 Richard Dowe

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    Hi Harden,welcome aboard!
    What engine do you have, just curious. My boat walks to starboard in reverse.
    The website AAC has a excellent write up on how to back a boat up by taking advantage of propwalk and rudder.
    Rick
    https://www.morganscloud.com/
     
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  6. Travis

    Travis New Member

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    Rick,
    If your boat consistently walks to starboard in reverse, that almost certainly means you have a left handed prop, putting you in the minority of Morgan owners with that configuration. Most Morgans have a right handed prop but it is by no means a rule.

    Side question out of curiosity - What engine/trans are you running? Is it the Hurth trans? My prop is right handed and the trans doesn’t have any cooling and I’m curious if yours does. I have read that the left handed prop configuration requires transmission cooling.
     
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    HARDIN CHANCEY New Member

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    I have 4108 perkins
     
  8. rickdowe2

    rickdowe2 Richard Dowe

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    Travis, I have a right handed prop with Hurth transmission no cooler.
    Hardin, I too have a 4108.
     
  9. mpearson

    mpearson Mark Pearson Staff Member

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    One way to get rid of your prop walk is to get a feathering prop like Max Prop. It also makes the boat sail significantly faster, especially in light air.

    The only downside is they cost about 5 times more than a fixed prop.

    I was so used to my severe prop walk that I used it to my advantage. And I was always thinking about it when backing.

    When I got the Max Prop the prop walk went to near-zero and now I’m still getting used to it not being there.;)
     
  10. Travis

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    Rick,
    Thanks for the reply. That is interesting. I wonder why yours consistently goes the other way??? I thought it was a pretty universal thing - right handed propeller backs to port, left handed backs to starboard. Maybe there are some other factors I don’t understand...
     

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