Tips in Choosing the Ideal Boat Propeller
Every boat owner must understand that there is more to proper maintenance than just engine tuning and hull cleaning. One of the most important yet often ignored boat maintenance jobs is selecting the ideal propeller, the purpose of which is to optimize the vessel’s performance.
For the most part, your choice of a new boat propeller will depend on its current performance as well as how you plan on using it. Also, you must be reminded that a propeller that is already in pretty bad shape needs to be replaced right away. But that is not the only reason why you’re looking for a new propeller. 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
In case your boat seems sluggish in coming out of the hold or slow to get on a plane, it usually means you should consider replacing the propeller. You also must consider replacement if you feel like your boat is consuming too much fuel.
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. To be exact, when you increase the pitch, the engine RPM decreases; so when you decrease the pitch, the RPM increases. If the engine of your boat is under revving, you must consider buying a boat propeller with less pitch. Obviously, you want a propeller with more pitch if the engine happens to be over revving.
Elevation and 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. The advantage of a second propeller with reduced pitch is that you allow the boat engine to retain its performance by achieving the correct RPM.
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 is better that you have two different propellers with different pitches since there are times when you need to change configurations. Your options include tailoring your propeller’s pitch to fit a wide range of conditions, or perhaps carry two complete propellers or two modular propellers equipped with different pitches.
But just like buying any other parts or components of your boat, it is important that you do extensive 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.