Palmer Johnson – Which way is front??

2009 December 30
by Chris Brown
Palmer Johnson Designed Prop in Front of Strut

Palmer Johnson Designed Prop in Front of Strut

You don’t come across this design too often. 

This 90′ Palmer Johnson was one of only a few built with a novel design.  The prop is in front of the strut.  The concept allows cleaner water to enter into the prop thereby increasing the prop’s efficiency.

In order to keep the vessel running smoothly our machine shop carefully mated the stub shaft to the prop face.  Cutlass bearings are a challenge since it is difficult to get clean water running just aft of the prop in the skeg/strut.

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