Selecting the Right Propeller for your Boat
If you own a boat, you should know that there is more to maintenance than just cleaning the hull and keeping the engine tuned. One of those very critical components of boat maintenance also happens to be one of the most neglected, which is choosing the right propeller to optimize performance.
The choice of boat propeller primarily depends on how you plan on using your boat and what the current performance is. Also, you must be reminded that a propeller that is already in pretty bad shape needs to be replaced right away. But then again, a damaged or malfunctioning propeller is not the only reason why you seek replacement. There also are instances when the reason for wanting a replacement is because you aren’t satisfied with your boat’s current performance.
Well, here’s rundown of the things you should consider in choosing a new propeller.
Possible Performance Issues
If your boat appears to be struggling to come out of the hole or is very slow in getting on a plane, those are two reasons to consider replacing the propeller. The same thing goes for a boat with bad fuel economy.
Decide to Either Pitch Up or Pitch Down
At this point, being an owner of boat suggests that you probably know a thing or two about engine RPMs and pitch, albeit on an inverse concept. For starters, increasing the pitch decreases engine RPM, while the decrease in pitch leads to the increase in RPM. If the engine of your boat is under revving, you must consider buying a boat propeller with less pitch. Hence, if the same engine is over revving, use a propeller with more pitch.
Elevation Plus Weight
When it comes to elevation, some small boats suffer from producing less power in high altitudes, but you can address this problem by carrying with you a second propeller that has a reduced pitch. Fitting a backup propeller with reduced pitch allows your engine to attain the right RPM and perform optimally.
Know that when it comes to weight, your boat carries a lot of heavy things, which translates to the possibility that the original or default propeller has too much pitch in it, leading to lower engine RPM. It makes a lot of sense to have two propellers with different pitches since it allows you to be versatile without compromising your boat’s performance when you need to change configurations. You actually have utmost versatility since you can carry two complete propellers or perhaps two modular propellers with different pitches in order to customize the pitch in matching a wide range of varying conditions.
Just like when you are buying other components or parts of your boat, it is imperative that you put in the effort and time to do some research first. The last thing you want is purchasing a propeller that doesn’t fit your needs or perhaps get one from a manufacturer that makes substandard quality.