The Need for Zinc Anodes

Boat zincs are an important part of a marine craft propulsion system because they keep other metals from corroding and deteriorating in the water.  What is not thoroughly understood by some boaters, however, is the fact that zinc anodes cannot do this vital function unless they are left in their original state.

This means that boating enthusiasts need to keep the boat zinc free of paint.  A surface layer of paint will smother the zinc’s ability to sacrifice electrons so that the other metals nearby need not do so.  This sacrifice of electrons leads to eventual corrosion.  Therefore, boaters should keep their boat zincs in original condition, watching them closely so that they can be replaced when they have worn away and a new zinc anode becomes necessary.

Not just for propulsion

Boat zincs are useful for protecting other metals.  When it comes to boats, this means that their usefulness extends far beyond the propeller area.  To be sure, propellers are typically guarded against corrosion by the presence of a zinc collar around the shaft, but metal rudders are also at risk of corrosion.  The typical boat zinc in this situation is a disk that is bolted onto a metal portion of the propeller.  Lest the addition of boat zinc create turbulence or drag, zinc anodes for use on rudders usually have a shallow shape that is slightly domed.  This helps them to present a streamlined profile when attached to a rudder so that boat performance can remain high.

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The Need for Aftermarket Boat Props

Those who are new to the leisure activity of boating may not be aware of one key fact about outboard propeller engines. In most cases, the propeller that ships with an outboard engine is a “stock” part and is not, in fact, the ideal propeller for every boat that may elect to include that particular type and model of outboard motor.  Stock boat propellers such as these tend to be designed along “compromise” principles that will allow the motor to be used with a large number of different boats.

Depending on the hull and load that the motor must eventually contend with, however, these boat props may range in performance from average to unsatisfactory.  The solution to this problem is to look at the range and variety of aftermarket boat propellers instead.  Choosing the correct propeller for a specific boat and engine will allow the engine to run properly at its rated horsepower, which is usually marked clearly on the engine cover.

Outboard engines are supposed to be able to run at their maximum rated revolutions per minute – this situation creates peak efficiencies.  The wrong propeller can cause an engine to run at an exceptionally high RPM.  This leads to faster wear and tear on engine parts because it creates additional friction.  Too few revolutions per minute are also inadvisable since it causes carbon build-up as well as poor fuel utilization.  The right boat propeller, however, can help boaters to avoid both of these situations so that they can derive maximum use and pleasure out of their watercraft.

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Understanding Propeller Function

Boating enthusiasts who make regular use of their outboard engine and propeller do not always understand how a propeller actually works.  They may have in mind the action of a fan because fans, unlike propellers, are often seen while in operation.  A propeller working underwater is a more complex operation.

A propeller represents the very last stage in the power train or propulsion system of a watercraft.  In essence, the job of the propeller is to change torque, created by an outboard engine, and change it into usable thrust that will propel the boat forward.  Chrysler outboard propellers, like all propellers, are specifically engineered so that they will be able to control the revolutions per minute produced by the engine.  When the throttle is wide open, Chrysler outboard props should be able to hold the revolutions per minute to the range the motor’s manufacturer has specified.

If a propeller can do this, it is one sign that the propeller is a good match for that engine.  This is because if a propeller allows a motor to exceed the recommended revolutions per minute, the result is excessive wear and tear on the drive train as well as poor performance.  To get the most out of Chrysler outboard propellers there needs to be a good match between propeller and engine.  Otherwise, the engine will not perform at peak efficiency today and neither will it pass the test of time by lasting for the long run.

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Eliminating Cavitation

Boaters who know a great deal about propellers understand the importance of choosing one that will exhibit as little cavitation as possible.  Nissan outboard propellers, like all marine propellers, are not completely immune to cavitation issues.  However, when Nissan outboard props are correctly paired with an appropriate choice of motor, cavitation can certainly be minimized.  But what exactly is cavitation?

Cavitation: The Basics

Cavitation is a natural consequence of the action of a propeller underwater; the phenomenon has long been understood in a physics context.  Cavitation happens when small cavities in water are formed and then are instantly filled in with liquid.  It results from rapid alterations to the pressure being exerted on a section of water.  Cavities form because pressure is lower for a fraction of a second and they fill in as pressure increases.

Why Excessive Cavitation Should be Avoided

Too much cavitation can cause wear and tear on moving parts of an engine.  One common kind of this wear and tear manifests itself as metal fatigue on the surface areas of a propeller.  Just as a strong wire can be made to break by bending it back and forth too many times, so can surface areas become damaged as cavitation stresses them.

Marine propellers are tested in a wide variety of contexts during design in order to enhance characteristics that will help to reduce cavitation.  Still, the best way to reduce it still further is to make sure that your aftermarket Nissan outboard propellers solution produces a good match with your motor.

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Changing Your Boat Prop

Boating enthusiasts know that for all the wonderful times and adventures they have on their water craft, there is also a maintenance aspect that must be considered.  One periodic task that must be taken care of is changing out an old propeller for a new one.  This is not a frequent job; it needs to be done only when the existing propeller shows serious signs of wear or when it has been subject to an accident or some kind of malfunction.  Of course, some boaters also change their propellers simply to get better performance from their water craft.

Boat Propeller Pullers: A Handy Tool

The most useful tools a boater could have in this situation include boat propeller pullers.  With such a tool, the task of removing the old propeller becomes much simpler.

How to Use a Boat Prop Puller

Using boat prop pullers is not difficult, but for the job to go well, it requires a little advance planning.  First, take a pencil and use it to mark where the old propeller lies in the propulsion system.  You will use this mark later to make sure that the new propeller is seated in exactly the same location.

After that it is time to get the old propeller ready to remove. The first step is to turn the propeller slowly while you hold on to a ratchet around the retaining nut.  Do not loosen the nut 100 per cent of the way.  When the propeller is loose, it is time to use the prop puller, which is used to remove the existing propeller from the shaft it normally sits on.

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Outboard Propellers 101

Once you have the outboard motor for your boat it is important that you choose the right outboard propeller as well.  The propeller should be suitable for the type of boating that you plan to do, different props are available for shallow draft boating, for water skiing, trolling and for other types of boating.  You also need to make certain that the prop will allow the engine to reach the manufacturers recommended RPM’s when at full throttle or you risk damaging your propeller and engine.  Choosing the right propellers is critical for the performance of your boat and for your boating enjoyment.

Boat propellers are often described by their diameter and pitch.  The larger your engine is in horsepower, the larger diameter prop you will generally want.  The pitch describes how far the propeller advances with each revolution.  A lower pitch gives better pulling power, however if you use a propeller with a pitch that is too low you won’t be using all the power of your engine.  A higher pitch allows the boat to go faster, but this is only true if you have enough horsepower to keep the RPM’s at the optimum range.  A pitch that is too large makes the propeller heavy and it demands more power than the engine can provide.

After determining the proper diameter and pitch you need to consider how many blades to have on your prop.  Outboard propellers typically come with either 3 or 4 blades.  Unless you are running a high horsepower motor or using the boat for bass fishing, you will most likely want to choose a 3 blade propeller.  4 blade propellers are designed more for high speed usage with less steering torque and vibration at high speeds.  Water skiers can also benefit from using a 4 blade propeller.

The next thing to consider is the construction material of the propeller.  Outboard propellers can be made from aluminum, stainless steel, or composites.  Aluminum is the most common choice for the manufacturer’s stock factory equipment.  They are inexpensive and easy to repair and they work well in a wide range of applications.  Stainless steel propellers are more expensive, but they are also more durable and less likely to suffer damage.  Composite propellers are typically only utilized on very small horsepower applications, and are not nearly as popular as aluminum and stainless propellers.

Your main goal when choosing a propeller is to ensure that it allows the engine to perform optimally at wide open throttle.  Boat dealers and Prop Shops can provide you with formulas to determine the proper pitch, diameter and number of blades based on your engines power or horsepower.

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Honda Boat Propellers

When designing a propeller, one of the most basic considerations is the number of blades to attach to the central hub.  Propellers used for common marine purposes generally have three, four, or five blades.  The most common arrangement of these is the four-bladed propeller.  Honda outboard propellers generally have either three or four blades.

Propellers with two blades are most frequently used on watercraft that have another power source entirely, as they are not usually able to generate adequate thrust on their own.  This is because with only two blades, the propeller would need to be very large in order to generate enough propeller surface area for adequate propulsion – and with this extra size comes additional weight, making it somewhat of a losing game.

Knowing this, the makers of Honda outboard props have formulated the majority of their units as three-bladed propellers; these offer an excellent middle ground in terms of efficiency and blade surface area.

Some Honda outboard propellers, however, have four blades.  This can cause more turbulence as the water flow produced by each blade interacts with the flow produced by the others, leading to a loss of efficiency.  Despite that, the additional blade surface area does help with propulsion.  It also tends to reduce problems with vibration.

In general, fewer blades produce a more efficient propeller, while more blades lead to a smooth level of performance.  Boating enthusiasts must keep the trade-offs between efficiency and performance in mind as they decide which Honda boat prop is best for them.

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Lesser-Known Outboard Propeller Terms

Most people understand the difference between diameter and radius, but other terms that are used to describe outboard propellers may be less familiar to the general population and may even cause confusion among boating enthusiasts.

Terms Used to Describe Pitch

There are several ways, for example, to describe the pitch characteristics of outboard boat props.  Pitch itself refers to the distance that a single full revolution of the propeller will cause it to move through a stable medium such as a soft wood.  Some outboard propellers, however, can be described as having a propeller that features “controllable pitch.”  This means that the propeller blades are each mounted separately onto the central hub.  Each has its own axis of rotation, which means that pitch can be changed.

A fixed pitch propeller, on the other hand, features propeller blades that are mounted permanently and exhibit a fixed axis of rotation so that pitch is not adjustable.

It may be tempting to equate fixed with constant, but when it comes to propeller pitch, the terms are not interchangeable.  A constant pitch propeller is one in which the propeller blades themselves are engineered to have a constant value of pitch from one end to the other – in other words, from their roots to their tips and from their trailing edges to their leading edges.  The opposite of a constant pitch propeller is a variable pitch propeller.  In this arrangement, each section of a propeller blade may have different pitch values from the other sections.


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Radice Boat Propellers

When boaters consider a propulsion solution for their watercraft, they often opt for Radice propellers, which are produced by the Eliche Radice company.  This firm has been in business since just after the First World War and is still family-owned today.  The company also produces shaft lines, struts, rudders, and bearings, but Radice props remain one of their most important product lines.

Radice boat propellers owe a large part of their success to the dedication of the 85 employees working in its large facility in Italy.  The foundry producing their products has an annual capacity of 600 tons, and every propeller project they take on goes through years of exacting experimentation in order to make sure that all specifications will be fully met.  Because of their long experience in propeller production, Eliche Radice has developed a vast archive of information for improving future propeller lines under development.

Radice carefully considers the impact of a number of factors on efficiency and propulsion including number of blades, the ratio of pitch to diameter, and disk area.  They specialize in adjusting these properties in order to produce ideal outcomes in terms of cavitation, silence, vibrations, and efficiency and use the latest technological solutions and materials that become available for propeller manufacture.

With Radice boat propellers installed as an aftermarket solution, boating enthusiasts can count on a highly satisfying experience out on the water, whether they prefer to cruise on lakes, rivers, or seas.

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When boating enthusiasts want to purchase an aftermarket propeller for their watercraft, they usually prefer to work with a company that has ample experience in issues related to marine propulsion.  For this reason, many such consumers opt to install Teignbridge propellers.  The Teignbridge name has been associated with marine technology since 1974 and in the decades since has grown to become a leading supplier of propulsion solutions not just in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia, but also throughout the world.

Teignbridge props are a specialty of the company but so is stern gear.  Teignbridge provides its customers with top-notch customer support.  One aspect of this is their provision of customized services to clients who needs them.  Teignbridge props can be custom-made as desired by a company that offers the functions of both design and manufacturing in house.  This means that Teignbridge is able to exercise full quality control in their factory, which occupies 65,000 square feet and was built specifically for the purpose of marine gear manufacture.

Teignbridge has no fewer than five highly qualified naval architects working on staff to produce excellent quality propulsion solutions including surface piercing props as well as models designed to be submerged.  Their propeller solutions help vessels to optimize their performance, but there is more to a propeller than speed and acceleration.  Comfort considerations are also important; at Teignbridge, propellers are designed to feature reduced noise, with vibration virtually eliminated.  These props also attain better fuel economy than many in their class.

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