Aluminum boat propellers are popular with many boat owners and it is not hard to understand why. Despite the fact that these propellers are not as durable as their stainless steel counterparts, they are suitable for most types of sailing and can last for many years. Aluminum Solas boat propellers are made using state of the art squeeze casting to ensure that they have fine grain size and are nearly non-porous.
What are the Options?
Solas manufactures over half a dozen aluminum propeller types. The Rubex 4, Amita 4 and Solas High Thrust Propeller are all four blade props while the Amita 3 product line, Rubex 3 and Aluminum Bravo Two for Mercruiser have three propellers. Most boats owners only need three blade props, as these are suitable for nearly all types of sailing and offer good top end speed.
Besides the kind of sailing that is to be done, a boat owner should also examine the engine type before buying a new boat propeller. If the engine is a four stroke engine, then it is important to make sure that the propeller will be compatible, as not all aluminium props are compatible with this type of engine. Thankfully, Solas’ new line of Rubex aluminum boat propellers can be used with this engine type.
The last factor to consider is propeller blade diameter. Large blades are ideal for large boats carrying heavy loads, while small blades are suitable for small racing boats and sailboats. It is also very important to make sure that the propeller blades will not touch any exterior engine or boat parts.
Choosing the right boat propeller is not easy. A boat owner should research the options carefully and make sure the propeller type will be the most suitable. While Solas boat propellers are known for being high quality, it is important to make sure the prop in question is the right size, type and style for the boat that it is to be fitted to. This ensures that the propeller will last for a long time, providing one with many hours of enjoyable sailing, cruising or fishing.