"I would like to thank you and PYI for your help this summer. I had the crab vessel with the 25 + year old PYI dripless that was no longer manufactured. While having the shaft aligned I felt it was prudent to change the dripless even though it was working flawlessly due to its age and heavy use. With a very short window PYI came through on time and manufactured a one off dripless. Thank you for getting the Polar Sea out on time. "
- Glenn Mikkelsen
"Thank you so much. Just completed install. Splash as soon as the yard can reschedule me. I can't say enough good things about the prompt response and your courteous service. Thanks again!"
"I wanted to take a moment to let you know how Max Prop has effected Free Spirit's performance. You may recall, Free Spirit is a 30 year old 48' Nicol design, ketch rigged, (cold molded), trimaran, at 11 tons of displacement. We sail her over 5000 miles annually in Hawaiian waters, cruising to most of the islands every year for the past 17 years. Over the past 5 years, in our quest to enhance performance we have modified her keel, rudder, and sail plan (which is currently 930 sq. ft.). Everything has helped. With these modifications her speed increased, she now tacks like a monohull, and she's pointing to 55 degrees, (at times). However, none of this prepared us for what the Max Prop has done. Down wind in 25 knots, 6-8 ft. seas, we have cut our 11 hour trek from Honolua Bay on the north east shore of Maui to our slip in the Ala Wai from 11 hours to 9hrs and 15 minutes. Coming home from Kona on the Big Island in December, (our first cruise after installing the prop), we were close hauled under full sail in 30 knot winds and 8 to 10 foot seas crossing the Alenuihaha Cannel averaging 10 to 12 knots, the crew screaming with excitement. I never would have expected such a change. Best we can determine, we've increased performance to weather about 5 degrees and speed by nearly 20%. Plus, no more prop walk in reverse. Get a little way on and she backs wherever you point her. These results probably don't surprise you, but just in case you haven't heard from a tri-cruiser in the past, the best way to describe the change is to imagine that for 29 years Free Spirit has been dragging a 55 gallon drum and suddenly we reached down and severed the tow. I highly recommend Max Prop to anyone, but most especially to every trimaran."
Thanks for the boost. Aloha!
- Captain Gordie Morris
"If anyone ever is dubious about the strength of the Max Prop mechanism, you might want to show them this letter. A few weeks ago a Little Harbor 54 was coming into Philadelphia from New Zealand as deck cargo on a container ship. She was supposed to have been offloaded into the water and then come to our yard to be rigged. As they were lifting the yacht off the ship a sling broke, dropping her ten feet or so onto the concrete. The 31 ton yacht fell stern first, destroying the rudder, causing extensive hull damage and breaking one blade of the three-blade Max Prop. Believe it or not, the Max Prop mechanism still works perfectly! The yacht is several years old and has been cruised ten of thousands of miles, but the Max prop works as smoothly as if it had just been installed. And that is after taking an impact sufficient to snap one blade like a potato chip. That is one hell of a piece of machinery!"
- Peter Vanadia, Philadelphia Marine Services
"Thanks for following up on this. You and Jason have been great to work with. Together you have provided the best customer service I have had in years. I can't say enough about my experience with your company."
Thanks for everything,
"The Max Prop still works perfectly, one of the best pieces of kit on the boat!"
Fair tropical winds,
- Ryan Levinson
"We recently performed a upgrade on the steering system of our 65' staysail schooner SV Sassafrass. The original steering system and rudder proved to be undersized for the vessel. We worked with the Naval Architect we have been using on the refit Tad Roberts for a new rudder design and contacted our local marine service representative Jim Mcorrison at Starfish Marine On Orcas Island Wa for the steering system. After looking at our project Jim consulted with PYI and a Jefa geared helm was proposed. I was initially hesitant with this approach as our existing steering was mechanical and had little or no feedback to the helm. PYI was confidant the Jefa helm would provide the desired feed back and Jim advocated the system, one of the benefits being the integration of a Jefa DC auto pilot motor into the steering gearbox for a very robust and simple autopilot system with low power consumption."
"Since installing this system we could not be more pleased. The helm has excellent feedback under sail and the autopilot drive is extremely efficient. The light air sailing abilities of our vessel have been greatly increased and the new helm has made operation of the vessel a ease for myself my wife and our young daughter. I am very pleased with the system."
- Timothy J Scott, SV Sassafrass
"I want to thank you for your advice to install aboard my ship two SoniHull DUO... I am, after one year, really very happy with those devices. My ship, a 65 Ft steel trawler, has stayed one full year in Brunswick Landing Marina. Here everyone sends a diver every two months for cleaning his hull off the growth, so I have asked the diver to check my hull, after one year without cleaning... The guy was realy amazed by the fact that my hull was still perfectly clean... Except for some barnacles on the shafts and propellers, so my only regret is not to have installed the sonic system for the shafts as well. This system is realy great and super efficient. Thanks again for this product.