How do I know what prop to buy for my boat?
If the RPM is below the recommended operating range, switch to a propeller with lower pitched blades. If the RPM is higher, switch to a propeller with higher pitched blades. Each inch of pitch size will change the RPM by 150-200 RPM. Aim for the midpoint or higher of the recommended operating range.
What pitch prop do I need for more speed?
The lower the prop pitch, the better your hole-shot. However, this comes at a price: top speed. The lower pitch makes the engine reach maximum rpm at slower speeds. Conversely, a higher pitch will deliver greater top speeds, but slower acceleration.
How do I choose a 4 blade propeller?
A 4 blade propeller will usually have a smaller diameter for the same pitch size of the 3 blade equivalent. This is one reason they spin up quickly and yield good acceleration. The blades are often a bit smaller but offer more total blade area because of the additional blade, so they have more grip on the water.
What does pitch on a boat prop mean?
Propeller pitch is the distance the prop would move forward in one rotation if it were moving through a soft solid—think of a screw being turned into wood. The blades on a propeller are analogous to the threads on a screw. The pitch number assigned to a progressive-pitch prop is the average across the entire blade.
What does a larger diameter prop do?
A prop with more diameter has more total blade area, which allows it to handle more power and create more thrust to move a heavy boat. More blade area gives the engine more “traction,” like a set of aggressive truck tires.
How to choose the right propeller for your boat?
How to Choose the Right Prop for Your Boat 1 Selecting the Right Prop. The size of a propeller is defined with two sets of numbers, diameter and pitch, with pitch always following the diameter. 2 Choose the Right Prop for Your Boat. 3 Some Problems to Avoid.
How to use our prop guide?
How to Use Our Prop Guide. 1 Step 1: Select the Type of Engine. 2 Step 2: Select Engine Manufacturer. 3 Step 3: Select the HP for your marine engine. 4 Step 4: Select the year of your marine engine. If you have the existing part # that is stamped on your boat propeller, you can find all matching props
What kind of propeller do I need for a boat with cavitation?
Cavitation can also occur from thru-hulls, sensors, or other turbulence-producing protrusions under the boat forward of the prop. We stock propellers to fit most outboards and sterndrives. Choices include propellers and hubs made by Mercury (Quicksilver) and Turning Point.
What is the goal in propeller selection?
The goal in propeller selection is to determine what style and size will maximize your boat’s performance, while allowing your engine to operate in the recommended r.p.m. range.