After extensive testing of the Autoprop fitted to their Bavaria 34, which involved motoring and sailing in such diverse waters as the North Sea and the Dutch canals, Jan and Marianne Stenqvist pronounce themselves well satisfied.
We have now travelled more than 1700 nm and tested the Autoprop during different conditions. From Dutch canals to fresh winds on the Northsea. We as well as our crew, the dog Trinda, are very pleased. We are cruising with a speed of 6 to 7 knots/hour.
If the wind isn’t good enough we add speed by having the motor running with 1000 – 1500 rpm. Before we had the Autoprop the average rpm of the motor was 2700 rpm. Now we make the same speed through the water with the motor running 2000 rpm. We are enjoying less noise and reduced fuel consumption. We think the motor will live longer. Trinda, our dog, likes that we now are more likely to be back in harbour in time.
Jan and Marianne Stenqvist