A little help choosing a prop

Discussion in 'Prop Shop' started by jfboothe, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. jfboothe

    jfboothe I Love microskiff.com!

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    I got my Crystal 16 in the water and the most I could get out of the ETEC 25 wot was about 5100 RPM and 25mph. She gets up on plane just fine but I would like as much speed as I can get. I took the SS prop off today and it is 10 1/4 x 13.

    What do you think I should replace it with for the best all around performance? 3 blade/4 blade? SS/Aluminum? Cupped/uncupped? Moving to a 11" pitch will increase my RPMs by about 400rpm?

    I really don't know anything about props. The current prop is beat up a bit and I would like a spare anyway.
     
  2. Brett

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    Dropping pitch by 2 inches should up rpm's by about 400.
    That ought to put you in the middle of the power band.
    I prefer aluminum over stainless due to weight difference.
    Less weight means less shock to the gears when shifting.
    I like a cupped aluminum as it allows the engine to be mounted higher
    which produces a slight increase in rpms and speed due to
    a decrease in wetted surface and friction.
     

  3. jfboothe

    jfboothe I Love microskiff.com!

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    Excellent. Thanks Brett. That was generally what I was thinking from researching but I really don't know much about props.