Dear Axiom

SARABAND is a Scanmar 33 7/8ths Bermuda rigged sailing boat with a Beta 30 sail drive unit.

A three blade Axiom propeller was fitted in November 2014 to replace the original aluminium 3 blade propeller provided by Beta when the engine was installed in 2012

These are the main features that we have noticed after only a relatively short period of use in comparison with the original propeller.

A cruising speed of just over 5knts is achieved comfortably at around 2200rpm and the engine will now reach near to its maximum rpm giving speeds around 7knts, which was a struggle with the original propeller. Although overall speed is not increased there is significant improvement in the handling characteristics of the boat.

Under power the boat is now noticeably smoother with no juddering to the rudder and a very smooth flow of water at the stern, even when increased power is applied there is little or no twist applied to the steering.

The blade section design of the Axiom provides excellent performance in reverse and noticeably better stopping performance in fact care is necessary when reversing to avoid quickly over powering the rudder.

Motor sailing has also been improved the Axiom providing increased speed at low revs when the wind is light and smooth and powerful performance when making to windward in heavier weather

The Axiom propeller has significantly improved the handling under power and the performance of the boat when motor sailing.

Dear Axiom,

I like you to give you a update on my experience with the propeller I bought from you this spring. The propeller was mounted in Holland and fitted perfect.

We planned to sail to Sweden but we ended up in Danmark,

This was not caused by your propeller but by the very bad weather.

But we had a lot of time to test the propeller because we motored through Holland and sailed to Cuxhaven and the Kielercanal to the Baltic Sea.

We passed a lot of canals en locks.

The main reason to buy the propeller is the fact that this ship behaved very badly sailing backwards. It pulls strongly to one side,which is a problem in locks and especially in the small harbours in Danmark.

After 2 months on the boat I can tell you that the pulling to one side is very much reduced. I now enter a harbour wich much more confidence.

The speed ahead is still the same as with the old propeller.

So we sail with much more pleasure than before.

 

Dear Axiom Propellers,

Having now done just over 80 hours running on our new Axiom prop I thought I would give you our report, BRILLIANT. Shaft noise, GONE. Prop noise, GONE. Rudder vibration, reduced by 90%. Noise and vibration inside of the boat almost nil. Where previously I would need to clear the prop and shaft of rubbish quite frequently, I only needed to clear once in 24 days cruising (plastic bag on prop shaft not the prop.)

The actual handling of the boat is like having a different boat, the improvement is so Great.

Yours, a very satisfied customer

 

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After a quick 500 mile run to and from Cornwall, motoring and motor sailing I can report the new left handed 3 bladed 24 inch Axiom prop has completely sorted the push to starboard the previous traditional style prop caused in ahead (balanced rudder with previous prop pushing wash onto front section forward of fulcrum pushing rudder over.). The 46' 23 ton steel yacht now goes completely straight ahead even with hands off the wheel I discovered after thinking I had hit the auto button a couple of minutes later I saw we we off course 15 degrees only to find I hadn't gone off standby....albeit in very calm seas.Amazing, truly.

The wash is much less than before too, noticeably. The only other change seems to be less prop walk astern, virtually none so have had to re learn this art, but I have a bow thruster so now just tweek this to push nose in direction I want the stern to be!

So overall, prop did exactly what you said it would, I was on the point of despairing with the terrible pull to starboard and wondered if I had bought a dog...that was unfixable......not so, thanks from a grateful yacht owner.

 

"Hello Axiom.

YES, having had the Axiom Propeller fitted to my narrow boat, at long last. I would like to tell you that right from the off in moving my boat back to the marina everything has improved for the best.

Let me tell you what you already know. Smoother, better stopping, better handling all round, but the thing that is really noticeable is lower engine revs required in obtaining forward travelling speed compared to the original propeller that was fitted to my boat.

Have had a few people approach me that had seen the propeller being fitted, they said they know of your product, but did say I must have more money than sense. I will now have to find them so they can try it out on a boat that now has an Axiom propeller fitted to it.

Once again guys. many thanks for your superb product, and if anyone asks if it really does as it says on the tin, I shall be letting them know the truth.

Yours faithfully, a happy boat owner ..."

 

Dear Axiom Propellers,

Having now done just over 80 hours running on our new Axiom prop I thought I would give you our report, BRILLIANT. Shaft noise, GONE. Prop noise, GONE. Rudder vibration, reduced by 90%. Noise and vibration inside of the boat almost nil. Where previously I would need to clear the prop and shaft of rubbish quite frequently, I only needed to clear once in 24 days cruising (plastic bag on prop shaft not the prop.)

The actual handling of the boat is like having a different boat, the improvement is so Great.

Yours, a very satisfied customer

Just to let you know, as I said at the time you have made a real difference, I am not good with words, but I do understand engineering matters and I will happily say all the priciple beifits you promised were spot on, with some other undefined benifits as well. Mainly confidance, I can now criuse knowing we can stop quicker, pass moored boats without disturbance, create less bow wave and rear prop wash wave benifiting the banks, less vibration and prop pulse and lastly, increased response in turning at higher speeds, I do not understand that one but it seems true.

I really would like to see you prosper, the best inventions are very often British, its what we are good at, just make sure no one else benefits. I will be going out over Whitsun and will have a better chance to evaluate then, but first impressions are very good. Money well spent

 

We give Axiom Propellers Ltd. 10 gold stars for customer service! They stuck by their promise to make us a prop that works, with the the Nic 38 aperature. A 3.5 week turnaround, including the time for casting, finishing and shipping from the UK to US.