There are many different types of boating and activities that go along with each. Activities such as fishing, cruising, water skiing and boat racing are all diverse in nature but highly enjoyable. However, a person who wants to engage in the water sport of his or her choice needs to make sure that the boat prop is able to power the boat sufficiently. Following are some tips on buying a fast boat prop.
The type of metal the prop is made out of has no bearing on the prop’s RPM. While stainless steel is more resilient than aluminum, both materials are high quality and so one can buy a prop made from either type of metal.
Four blade propellers offer faster speed performance and better “hole shot” than three blade propellers. For this reason, a person with a bass boat or a boat with a high performance hull that has high horsepower should invest in a four blade propeller. Four blade propellers also do not vibrate a lot when the boat is travelling at a fast speed.
Cupped propellers are also a good option. These types of propellers, as the name would imply, have curved blade trailing edges. They are suitable for most any type of boat that turns at a fast RPM. Cruisers that have been outfitted with a gasoline engine also benefit from using cupped propellers.
The propeller’s exhaust type also helps to determine the speed it can run at. Over/Thru-hub exhaust propellers help the boat to start up quickly and give it good hole shot while over-hub exhaust propellers are ideal for a boat owner who consistently enjoys travelling at maximum speed in his or her boat.
These are some tips to consider when looking for a boat prop that is ideal for fast sailing or water sports. However, not all of the above mentioned props are suitable for all speedboats and recreational boats. A wise boat owner will examine the boat engine carefully and check the existing propeller type before buying a new propeller. Doing so ensures that the propeller is compatible with the type of boat it will be used with.