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 They have 5  (FIVE!) lube points IIRC and that needs to be done pretty regularly to keep them operating properly.  2 on the body and one each for the blades.

We've got a kiwi and haven't had / heard of this level of issue. We do check it at least annually, but we've never had to lube it excessively.

 

There can be an issue if barnacles get in the wrong spots, like on the stop faces. This can but the pitch out as per your comment. Doesn't seem to be an issue if we use our boat regularly enough, they don't get a chance to grow.

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