When you’re considering changing out your boat’s prop, you may be looking into a range of different options available on the market.  Beyond changing the propeller pitch to improve performance or accuracy, one of the biggest changes you can make is the type of material that is used in the propeller. Though some of these options will be limited by the mechanics of your lower unit, in many situations, you’ll be able to choose between a stainless steel prop and an aluminum prop. Before making a decision, you might be […]

Between your motor’s prop shaft and inner prop hub is a location on your boat that can dramatically impact the performance you’ll get out of it. Because of the extreme torque that takes place at this location, it’s a common area for wear and failure in your boat, commonly referred to as a spun propeller, spun prop hub, or a spun bushing. Whether you’re just trying to learn a bit more about your boat, or perhaps your prop shop threw this term at you and you want to make sure […]

There’s nothing relaxing about a deafening rumble and loud rhythmic noises. Propeller noise levels will quickly ruin your trip on the lake with friends and family. Instead of screaming over the noise levels of your motor and prop, we have a few tricks you can try out for noise reduction. In this guide, we’ll review how you can reduce boat propeller noise as well as discuss another big producer of noise: your motor. Don’t worry, you’ll get a few solutions for abating that noise level too. What Causes Prop Noise? […]

Owning a boat can be an expensive undertaking. When something breaks, your heart might sink at the repair shop’s estimate to replace it. That’s especially true when there’s a problem with your propeller. At Michigan Wheel, we understand that there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to boat prop repair. To help clear things up, we’ll answer some frequently asked questions about outboard propeller repair. We’ll also dive into the difference between prop material, specifically aluminum versus stainless steel props, and what they mean in terms of likelihood […]