Sailboat Propeller Service & Support – Varifold

Service and support

Weather it is for your yearly service or a little maintenance, getting parts for Varifold propellers is easy. King Propulsion carries all of the spare parts in stock at our Virginia Beach office. So if you are replacing buffer pads, pivot pins, zincs or fasteners we have the right Bruntons parts for the job.   Visit our online store where you can order parts 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world.  We ship USPS, FedEx and UPS as standard from Virginia Beach with most parts shipping same day when ordered before 4:00 PM EST. Below is a selection of the most common spare parts for each of the folding propellers in the Varifold sailboat propeller range we carry.

Varifold propeller parts

The Varifold folding propeller is relatively simple to install and simple to service.  As with all the propellers they will be prone to galvanic corrosion and care must be taken to ensure that they are protected using what is known as sacrificial anodes or ”zincs” by many people.  The general idea is that the corrosion caused by stray current will be directed to the ”sacrificial” zinc rather than the expensive propeller.  Depending on the propeller this may require anodes on the propeller, on the propeller shaft or both.  Our years of experience and production methods ensure we can keep your Varifold propeller working at its best for many, many seasons.

Not sure which zinc anode you need for your propeller? Visit our folding propeller anode identification page to see the main 3 types of zinc anode

2 blade Spare Parts

For the 2 blade folding propeller there are 2 types of propeller are available and they share most of the same parts.  However, for standard shaft option (VF-70) the anode is mounted on the propeller shaft and you would need to fit a standard anode available from West Marine or similar.  For the Sail Drive unit (VF-70SD) you would fit an anode on the propeller boss as well as the collar zinc anode on the sail drive leg. The zinc anode for the 2 blade folding propeller is item VF2SDA Sail drive anode. To see how easy it is to fit a saildrive zinc see our VF2SDA Saildrive zinc page. The most common spare parts (with links to the store) for the 2 blade Varifold folding propeller on our online store are the Varifold 2 blade sail drive anodeVarifold 2 blade buffer pad (old style)Varifold 2 blade buffer pad (new style).  In addition we also provide a fastener kit for both propeller options so you can replace any of the fasteners due to wear  or fouling.  All the parts are available through the online store.

Varifold VF2SDA zinc anode VF2BP-1 VF2BS-1

3 blade Spare Parts

For the 3 blade folding propeller there are also 2 types of propeller available and they again share most of the same parts. For the 3 blade shaft option (VF-108) and the sail drive option (VF-108SD) the zinc anode is fitted onto of the gear system on the propeller boss. There is no difference in the zinc anodes between the 2 models.  The zinc anode for the 3 blade folding propeller is item VF3AN  anode. To see how easy it is to fit a saildrive zinc see our VF3AN zinc anode page. The most common spare parts (with links to the store) for the 3 blade Varifold folding propeller on our online store are Varifold 3 blade anode, Varifold 3 blade buffer pad (old style), Varifold 3 blade buffer pad (new style). In addition we also provide a fastener kit for the 3 blade propellers both propeller options so you can replace any of the fasteners due to wear or fouling as well as a bumper stop kit to ensure smooth opening of the propeller.

Varifold VF3AN zinc anode 1 VF3BP-1 Varifold buffer pad VF3BS

 

4 blade Spare Parts

For the 4 blade folding propeller there are 2 types of propellers available, however the differences are based on diameter as there is no sail drive option for the 4 blade propeller. For the 4 blade propeller less than 26″ in diameter (VF-120) most of the spare parts fitted to the 3 blade propeller are used, this includes the zinc anode (VF3AN), pivot pins, pads and fasteners.  However once the diameter is increased to over 26″ the zinc anode, pads and parts all become substantially larger to allow for the larger diameter and hence loading.  To see how easy it is to fit a large propeller zinc anode to the 4 blade propeller VF4AN zinc anode page.  The most common spare parts (with links to the store) for the 4 blade Varifold folding propeller on our online store are Left – Varifold 4 blade anode, Center – Varifold 4 blade buffer pad (old style) and Right – Varifold 4 blade buffer pad (new style)

Varifold VF4AN zinc anode 1 VF34BS160-1 VF34BP160-1

 

Propeller Service

In addition to providing parts to help maintain Varifold folding sailboat propellers, King Propulsion also offers a refurbishment program.  We are able to clean, polish and replace all the spare parts on your Varifold propeller to get it looking like new again. In addition we are actively growing our dealer network of approved service / repair shops throughout the USA that are able to perform this work to Bruntons Propellers factory standards.  For more information on this service please contact us on (757) 962-9219