Stop Shaft Rotation

It seems this question about drag / freewheeling has been debated at nearly every where I go.  Some say the shaft must be locked to prevent wheeling.  Others say that all you need is to have transmission in reverse.  What say you regarding Irwins Gene?


It depends on the engine and transmission. Check the owners manual for proper advise. Or call Mastry Marine.Many use reverse to stop the shaft turning and some say you need to start the engine occasionally to cool the trans. oil. Years ago we used to offer shaft brakes on the 52s but I have not seen one working in years. I have used a big monkey wrench on the shaft braced on the hull to stop the shaft turning. Do that when not moving.  Gene Gammon

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