I wasn't going to post this but I was hoping you can give me some insight on what to do.
I have a Skull Island Prowler modified with a Center Console and partial Kevlar package it's pretty lite weight. I have the Honda 30 on it.
I think Honda makes a great motor but doesn't do what my Tohatsu 30 did.
I am not an expert on props but understand a lot about them and been speaking to a lot of different prop companies and have results below.
Let's start with the stock Honda Prop 9 1/4 x 12P. With normal load and gear hit way too many rpm's without trimming up much. Hit 25-26mph at 6k and 30MPH at 6500 but I pulled back quick since it's over the recommended amount. Too much hole-shot, if there is such thing and no bow lift.
Had a PowerTech SRA3 12P. After about 5000 rpms didn't gain any more mph. Hit about 26MPH but the boat had zero hole shot and way too much bow lift. I was told by multiple people and PowerTech that the Honda's don't like a lot of cup and rake they just don't have the low end torque.
I now have a Solas 10x11 SS, ran it with two people and full gear and still had too many rpm's, hit about 24-25 MPH. I added Medium cup to the prop but didn't have my second person with me and hit 29mph at 6k. I could hit 31 but again too many rpm's at 6400. Now the weird thing, if I went against current and wind I dropped to 26mph. Again amazing hole shot.
I am looking to get 28-30mph with 2 people and gear with a decent hole-shot. I am tired of spending money on props, but I can't stop thinking about getting the correct prop. I am debating on going with the Solas 10x12 or 13 aluminum prop, testing it out and maybe adding some cup to it. I know one person who had the 10x12 Solas Stainless and didn't get great results (same boat and motor) I know another person with the same boat and motor who gets 30MPH with two people and gear on the Solas 10x12 stainless.
If I can over rev the motor with 10x11 stainless with moderate cup should I go with a 12 aluminum or 13? Then maybe add some cup?
Should I just skip it and go with the 10x12 Stainless Solas and see how it does and maybe add light cup to it?
I am afraid to go another stainless because of the cost and was thinking if I can get it right in aluminum I can get a similar stainless and modify accordingly.
I am hesitant on the Power Tech TLR3 because of the rake and cup on it as the SRA didn't do well on the Honda. Please let me know your honest thoughts. I know I can't have amazing hole shot and top speed but I am looking for the right blance. Even if that means the 10x11 Solas for fishing here in NE Florida, then switch it out with a bigger pitch for when I need to run longer distances in tournaments without oyster bars everywhere. Sorry for the book but I wanted to get all the information out there.