Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
Dear John, I emailed Brunton to enquire about this issue, their reply is below. I responded with further queries and he responded that every Amel since 1999 had been fitted with the auto prop and there had been no issues of clutch plate wearing. I did believe there may be a problem but he has reassured me.
SM 299 Ocean Pearl
Dear Mr Simms,
The method to feather the propeller is exactly as you describe: leave the gearbox in forward gear.
There is no need to fit a shaft brake on your boat.
Bruntons Propellers Ltd
From: jjjk12s <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, 8 February 2013 10:40 AM
Subject: [Amel] Re: Yanmar 75hp plus ZF30M with shaft alternator on a Maramu
Thanks. As I understand it these smaller ZF mechanical boxes can be freewheeled or left in reverse to lock the shaft. They should not be left in forward or the clutch plates wear out. Maybe anyone can correct me if I am wrong.
John, Maramu #91 Popeye
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