How To Select The Best Power and Propeller Settings For Your Engine

M92B_Performancecopy.jpg In the last chapter I wrote about how important it is to run our engines regularly at higher power settings. But what exactly does that mean? How can we select the right RPM setting to make sure that our engines are not underloaded and thereby wrecked by glazing? And any time we talk about the best power settings for our engine, we need to think about the propeller too. The good news is, that if we get all this right, we can save a lot of fuel, emit less carbon, as well as save our engines from early demise. Read on for how to do that.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 18 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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