Well that’s settled then: The new propeller is going under water.
I wanted to keep it on the saloon table as a conversation piece but Paul the engineer started talking about stepped key material and I lost my enthusiasm for argument.
However, you must agree that the new prop is a thing of beauty: A hand-crafted (individually made to order) Featherstream from Darglow, it looks like something you buy at a private viewing in one of those little galleries between Soho and Mayfair – and then take it home to be the centrepiece for the dining table so people can exclaim!
However, as I say, I lost the argument – and reasonably so: After all, I’m told it will give me an extra 10% of speed. That means a ten-day trip to the Azores suddenly becomes nine days.
Of course, I could get the same effect by buying a new genoa. But how much would that cost? And how long would it last?
So spending more than £1,000 on a propeller doesn’t seem quite so mad after all. People spend a lot more buying a Monet.
It’s just that they don’t keep it under water…