Understanding Propeller Basics for selecting the correct Outboard & Sterndrive Boat Propeller

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The goal in propeller selection is to determine what style and size will maximize your boat's performance, while allowing your engine to operate within the recommended RPM range. The correctly sized propeller will prevent the engine from over-revving, yet allow it to reach the minimum suggested RPM.  This will result in the engine producing maximum horsepower, but not being overloaded which can compromise engine longevity. Read on for our prop selection criteria to help you find the perfect propeller for your outboard motor. Propeller ⦁ Current Propeller Diameter ⦁ Current Prop Pitch ⦁ Right Hand or Left Hand Prop Rotation ⦁ Number... Read More

Boat Propeller Types

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Selecting the right propeller type for a boat is crucial to realizing the best overall performance the vessel is capable of. When selecting the right prop propeller type there are several options to choose from, all with key design elements that will influence particular performance characteristics. At a high level most propellers fall into two categories, recreational or commercial. Commercial propellers come in all shapes and sizes and are often tailored to the specific needs of the vessel’s intended use. Material type, propeller blade number, blade thickness and area, are just some of the prop design parameters that... Read More

Wake-Adapted Propellers, Struts, and Rudders

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Here at Michigan Wheel, we often hear the question, how can I make my boat go faster? It can be tempting to respond, get a bigger engine, or take some weight off your boat, but we try to limit our responses to propeller related solutions. Sometimes, a simple change in pitch will help. Other times, a different diameter, or a different number of blades can make a difference. Our advanced propeller designs (CX and Marlin) really do increase top end speed. But there is another way that you can make a big impact on a boat’s performance: wake-adapted... Read More