This is all now getting confusing!!!!
Max Prop, Auto Prop, c-drives, fixed prop, let me throw Spurs into the equation.
The boat we are buying is a 1998, SM 224.
What prop would have come standard from the factory at this time?
The original propeller had one of the blades depart. I believe that this prop is located at a local machine shop....if they can find it. Aka: minus one blade. I think I need to find out what this prop was before I proceed any further?
There is a fixed pitched prop fitted at the moment, I imagine this is the factory item, however I was happy to see there was a rope cutter fitted also.
I shall do a little research and try to request a picture of the original prop.
During sea trial, we could not get maximum rpm out of the engine with the fixed prop, only 2800rpm, I need to investigate why. This was after pressure washing hull and cleaning the prop. I suspect it could be blocked after the turbo, or the turbo needs an overhaul. I shall investigate this later.
We shall be moving to the boat (Thailand) later next month and want to organise as much as possible before we get there.
I hope I don't abuse the forum, however I have now met 3 separate Amel owner and looking forward to meeting more.
There are so many other questions I have but trying to do as much of my own research first.
Exactly what I expected, and for the reason I imagined. :) The Autoprop blades have a couple more "degrees of freedom" than other feathering props!