The Campbell Sailer Propeller
High Thrust – Low Drag
Independent tests by Practical Sailor Magazine show the Campbell Sailer achieves top marks in the fixed blade category for forward and reverse thrust, and for providing substantially reduced drag under sail.
All Campbell Sailer propellers are available in 2 and 3 blade configurations in sizes from 10” to 27” and larger. Manufactured from manganese bronze, they provide strength, durability and reparability.
Each propeller is made to our customer’s specifications and then treated with a coating which reduces friction and retards barnacles and other sea growth.
Data compliments of Practical Sailor Magazine
Practical Sailor, January 1, 1995 – M.I.T Report
“We think the tests show that the subtle design innovations of the Campbell Sailer props are of some value… we’d be inclined to give them a try.”
The unique airfoil shape of the Campbell Sailer is the secret to its high-efficiency.
The Right Price
With our design, performance, fuel efficiency, quality control, our many years of experience, and our prices, we know the Campbell Sailer propeller is one of the finest products available – one that will increase the enjoyment of your favorite pastime – sailing.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve compiled a list of FAQs about the Campbell Sailer propeller.
Many Happy Customers
Duart Snow, Editor Pacific Yachting
Well, we’ve got the new Campbell Sailer installed and so far I’m impressed. It allows the engine to rev considerably higher and easier than the old 13″ two-blade-in fact, I don’t think I’ve found the upper rev limit yet! The boat seems quicker under power and definitely quieter, without the vibration caused by the two-blade. The boat doesn’t seem to walk as sharply to starboard in reverse as it used to…and that has thrown off my docking and undocking on occasion, but I’ll get used to it. The boat also seems a little quicker under sail, which I guess is really what this is all about, isn’t it?
I think you called the pitch and diameter pretty much right, and I’m looking forward to getting some serious miles onto the whole setup later this summer. Thanks once again for making this happen!
Nick Cancro, Mariner 36
The wheel works great! Lots of power. I have hull speed at about 2000 RPM in calm waters. Max RPM with the throttle open is 2900.
Thanks for the assistance.
Peter Teichroeb, Thompson T24
We are very pleased with the new 13×8 3-bladed prop you built for us and so promptly sent. For the first time since we’ve had the boat it is up near hull speed (at near full RPM) and at that speed, there is no vibration at all. It’s just a thrill to take the boat out for a spin now.
Keith Tracey, Gulf Yacht Club
I’m only a CS27 but the Campbell Sailer prop that we just put on has got our 8hp one lung Yanmar pushing us at close to hull speed, ie: over six knots, in favourable conditions of course. We are very happy.
Martin Legault, (CS3RH)
Enclosed you will find a picture of my sailing yacht. The propeller is so well balanced that my craft stopped all vibrations. I also won two sailing races during the summer!
Gord Persson, (C&C 35)
Since installing a 3-blade Campbell Sailer Propeller on our 1983 C&C 35, Motu, in June, we have put enough hours under the keel to clearly identify a number of areas of concern with the product:
- Right away, we noticed that the engine took on the tone of a finely tuned singer sewing machine. Without the familiar chugging and banging, I feel compelled to check often just to ensure the engine is still “in there”. Also, the rpm has risen from a maximum 3000 to 3600 permitting easy cruising in the 3200 to 3400 range. I’m worried that this may do our mechanic out of some business.
- For years I have been able to massage my aching left thigh by sitting on the port side cockpit coaming at cruising speed. Now the coaming just sits there and cannot be made to perform its traditional duties under any circumstance.
- How can we tell when we reach cruising speed? The stainless steel galley stove would always set up a pleasant rattling sound that could be heard throughout the boat upon reaching cruising speed. Since this is gone we have had to rely on other methods to determine speed. In fact, since there are no rattles or vibrations anywhere on the boat at any speed, one is now forced to start conversations more frequently. Definitely annoying.
- Speaking of speed, we are embarrassing other boaters as we pass them by under power and I’m not entirely sure I can live with this.
- The last couple of summers, as you know, have been unusually windy and motoring across the strait, rather than being the norm, has become the exception. I have become very accustomed to knowing precisely how long it will take us to get to Silva Bay (and back) at what speed. Now, this damn propeller has permitted our speed to rise by as much as a full knot throwing off all of our known calculations. I wonder if I should put the old wide-blade back on to increase the drag and put us back to normal?
- I’m extremely concerned that others might install this propeller and start outperforming Motu.
If you have any solutions to these ‘problems’ I would certainly be interested in hearing about them. In the meantime, I will send along a photo when we get around to taking a current one. She is now not recognizable from the photos we have because of a new dodger and stainless window trim.
Doug Phelps – New Bern, NC
I finally was able to fully test your propeller on my Niagara 31. For about a week we were in all kinds of conditions: river, Pamlico Sound and coastal sailing in all types of wind conditions, sailing and under power in near calm to 20 knots.
In every situation I was extremely pleased! As good as advertised! There is power in reserve yet nearly no noticeable sailing drag. And the engine runs so much more smoothly than with the former two-blade prop. I now have to slow down when cruising with friends. It feels like I upgraded to a larger boat!
Brian Talbot, Vancouver, Canada (C&C 27′ – 3 blade)
Much more power and smoother running.
Roy Hollandworth, Brady, MT (San Juan 29′ – 3 blade)
Maneuvering around the dock is positive and fast. I’m very happy with the smoothness and how it handles.
Jack Brown, Vancouver (Yamaha 30′ – 3 blade)
Decreased drag – better boat speed – stops faster in reverse.
Gary Wood, San Francisco (Horizon 48′ – 3 blade)
My new Campbell Sailer prop is clearly more powerful with less drag than the conventional 2 blade prop it replaced.
Ewing F. McGruer, Vancouver (Winward – 3 blade)
Works very well – haven’t noticed drag – increased to 7 knots top speed – worth the money.
Claus Andrup, President, Cape Marine Corporation Maple Ridge (Coast 34′ – 3 blade)
Nothing but praise for the Campbell Sailer – impressed with the price.
John Lindell, Juneau, Alaska
I purchased a Campbell Sailer prop (CS 3RH 16x11x1) for my Fisher 25PH, “Fristad”. Now that I’ve used it for a season, I thought it would be a good time to get back to you with a brief report on its performance and a few comments. Overall, I’m quite pleased with this prop. My Fisher is not, and will never be a speedster (she’s heavy and wide), via motor or sail, but the Campbell pushed her with noticeably improved efficiency and backs down nicely. She will cruise at close to 6 knots (slack water) at 1800-1900 rpm (GPS readings 5.7-6 typical). Lower rpms produce less speed, but still notable; for example, approx. 4.5 – 5 knots at 1400-1500 rpm. This appears to confirm this prop loads up well at lower rpm. Of course, tides in southeast Alaska are a big factor for such a small boat, so I’m faster or slower depending on currents. Prop drag appears reduced too, compared to the old wide blade prop.
John Snell, (Contessa 26)
Just thought I would let you know that the new prop is working fine. On the Contessa 26 hooked up to the Farymann. I reckon I’ve picked up a knot in speed. The boat is a lot smoother running. And also the response, when I go from neutral into either forward or astern, is a little more positive than it was before. So, all in all very successful, thanks very much.