Reviews & References

In January 2003, after an irreparable defect of our Maxprop feathering propeller in Gran Canaria, we have fitted our club-owned 18-metre sailing yacht “Passage” with the Variprop DF 112, a three-bladed feathering propeller by SPW. The “Passage”, a 18-metre Alusloop, was originally designed for the 1990s “Whitbread-around the World-Race” and has been in use for charter sailing trips and expeditions up north by our sailing club “Mare-Incognita” (www.mareincognita.ch) since 2010.

I ordered a new propeller for my Jeanneau Odyssey 54DS at the BOOT Düsseldorf in January 2019. Why at SPW? Without starting a discussion about the best feathering- and folding system, one has to find that the Variprop probably is the most precisely crafted product in comparison.

As a cruise and regatta sailor, I had the VARIPROP 3-Blade installed and switched to the 4-Blade in 2004. I have to say: The 4-Blade VARIPROP is a stunner. In wind and waves, when sailing doesn‘t work anymore, it is a genuine help. Even harbour or lock manoeuvres in extremely narrow spaces, even without bow and stern thrusters, can be carried out safely. During the 2019 season, I had the opportunity to become familiar with the 4-Blade VARIPROP GP. My test route went through the North Sea and the Baltic Sea to Bornholm. When motoring, the 4-Blade GP proved to be incredibly powerful. Diesel consumption decreased noticeably as well. I have been very satisfied with the SPW feathering propellers for 25 years.

A look at our VARIPROP feathering propeller. It reduces drag under sail but still produces full power when motoring. Since it is a 4 bladed prop it produces the most thrust in the aperture we have between the skeg and the hull of our Southerly 42.

A large number of boats is already using the VARIPROP series GP-80 bis GP-112, DF-140 und den großen Bruder, den VARIPROP XLS This is just a small excerpt from our references.

Some boats using the VARIPROP GP-80 - GP-112 und DF-140:

  • ALLURES
  • AMEL
  • BALTIC
  • BAVARIA
  • BENETEAU
  • BIGA
  • BRISTOL
  • C&C YACHTS
  • CATALINA
  • COMFORTINA
  • COMPROMIS
  • CONTESSA
  • CONTEST
  • CS YACHTS
  • DEHLER
  • DUFOUR
  • ELAN
  • ETAP
  • FAURBY
  • FEELING
  • FIRST
  • GARCIA
  • GRAND SOLEIL
  • GRANADA
  • HANSE
  • HALBERG RASSY
  • HUNTER
  • ISLAND PACKET
  • J-BOATS
  • JEANNEAU
  • LAGOON
  • LUFFE
  • 6 KR KREUZER
  • MAXI
  • MOODY
  • MORGAN
  • NAJAD
  • NAUTICAT
  • NONSUCH
  • OE
  • OVNI
  • PERRY CATAMARANS
  • REINKE
  • SALONA
  • SCHIONNING CATAMARANS
  • SIRIUS
  • SOUTHERLY
  • SPARKMAN AND STEVENS
  • SUNBEAM
  • SUNREEF CATAMARANS
  • SWAN
  • SYDNEY YACHTS
  • TARTAN
  • TASMAN
  • VAN DER STADT
  • VANCOUVER
  • WAUQUIEZ
  • X-YACHTS
  • ZEESBOOTE
  • ... and many more

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