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Old 04-16-16, 10:03 PM   #1
MO_CPA
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Default Prop Question

Good day gents,

So I have a Tracker 175 TXW with a 60HP Mercury 4 stroke. I had a 3-blade 10.375 x 14P prop on it and it was a DOG coming out of the hull when I had two guys in it and a normal fishing load of gear. When I say dog I mean 10+ seconds to plane.

Since this wasn't quite good enough for me (thinking it was somewhat of a safety hazzard) I switched to Mercury's new Spitfire aluminum 4-blade in a 10.3 x 13P. I tell you what, it's like I added an extra 50hp back there...the hull shot was improved by at least 50% and probably more (4-5 seconds with two guys and gear). The boat just handles all around better, turns better, trims better, reverses better, and etc.

Here's where the quandary is, I now reach the top of my manufacturer's rpm range much quicker than I did before (6,000 rpm). I hadn't lost much if any top-end performance but I get to the top before I have laid the hammer all the way down. If I do lay it down, the rpms will get all the way to 6200 rpm give or take.

So, should I be concerned or should I just be mindful of my tach and not over rev it? I'm concerned if I pop up to a 14 pitch 4 blade I will lose my new-found hull shot and performance improvements that I am so in love with. This boat is not a speed demon by any means, so should I just be happy with what I have?

Thanks for the input.

MO
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