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K4 - Installation - Gardner

Pictured below is an early installation in  "Le Canard Bleu"  which was built to Mr Brian Owen's own design from solid timber. He had previously built and owned the "Maggie" - a 70' schooner well known for many years on the Auckland Harbour and Hauraki Gulf and again powered with a Gardner Diesel.

Le Canard Bleu is an early installation of the K4 unit  coupled to a Gardner twin cylinder diesel running 28 hp @ 1250 rpm on a heavy duty PRM  1.50:1 redn.

The K4 is ideally suited to this application which requires a very large propeller due to the very low shaft speeds. Brian has tried both 19.50" and 20.50" blades and is currently running the later @ 22º of pitch.