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    This is more for the outboard guys. Im currently running the stock 14.24 x 17' cast prop on my rig. However 1 blade is severly bent (not me the previous owner). Im going to switch to stainless steel as iI know from past experiences that they do improve boat performance.

    The question I have is what props have you tested with what results?

    Im thinking that a 14.25 x 19 3 blade may be a little bit better all round propeller. Yes I know this could open up a thread of "how long is a piece of string" but before i go spending big money on props I thought i would see what everyone else is doing.

    Boat is mainly used for social skiing and im 135 KGs and 6'4. my partner is around 60 Kgs and 5'10. we usually have 2 people skiing and between 2 -5 (roughly 80 KGs each) people in the boat with a full fuel load.

    Any results would be good. Cheers
    Its easier to ask forgiveness than permission.........And he who dies with the most toys wins.

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    Rockman has a BF200 - he'll chime soon
    sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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    • #3
      I do not remember what pitch we have on ours. I think it is a 19 3/4...we have a 3 blade stainless. The reason we did not change to the 4 blade was due to the fact we already have enough pull out of the hole and did not want to loose any top end.

      If you are doing alot of triple long line footers, then a four blade makes sense but you sacrifice alot then. That is just my opinion. I always wanted a four blade as they really look cool but never bit the bullet as they were pretty pricey.


      I would suggest a stainless for sure...not sure how much you want to move away from the stock prop pitch for the Yamaha. Michigan propellers are good as well as Stiletto's (sp?).

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      • #4
        I'm running a 17 pitch PowerTech ELE4 (4 blade) on my '88 PS200. My Mercury 200XRi will turn it up to 5800 rpm WOT which is at the upper end of the recommended WOT range. Boat will top out at 50mph with me and my 2 teen boys and 49 with my wife joining us. (The PS200 hull is pretty flat in the rear like a PS190 inboard so it has a high amount of wetted surface). The four blade has helped it with holding steady speeds pulling skiers and boarders and the holding power in turns increased as well.

        Here's the link to PowerTech, they will also provide technical service to help you choose the best prop for your boat and how you plan to use it. http://ptprop.com/

        Looked at the Mercury High-5 but couldn't find a loaner to try out and didn't want to get stuck with a $500 prop with the wrong pitch. I read where many BF200 owners run the 19 pitch High-5 with great results.
        Mike B

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        • #5
          Just purchased a 19 inch stainless steel vengeance 3 blade mercury propeller $ 240 AUD for the prop delivered to my door from interstate. is there anything i need to do to the hub to get my engine to accept the mercury prop? Do i need a flow torque hub conversion? any info would be good. they have the same 15 tooth spline shaft.
          Its easier to ask forgiveness than permission.........And he who dies with the most toys wins.

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          • #6
            Check with who you ordered it. They should be able to tell you which hub kit it needs. I think most mercury props use the Flow Torque 2 hub with the plastic sleeve that breaks away with prop impact. Looking at the Mercury site the Vengence could also come with Flow Torque 1 which looks like it's a rubber hub with the steel splines.
            Mike B

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            • #7
              Originally posted by orbeamlb View Post
              I'm running a 17 pitch PowerTech ELE4 (4 blade) on my '88 PS200. My Mercury 200XRi will turn it up to 5800 rpm WOT which is at the upper end of the recommended WOT range. Boat will top out at 50mph with me and my 2 teen boys and 49 with my wife joining us. (The PS200 hull is pretty flat in the rear like a PS190 inboard so it has a high amount of wetted surface). The four blade has helped it with holding steady speeds pulling skiers and boarders and the holding power in turns increased as well.

              Here's the link to PowerTech, they will also provide technical service to help you choose the best prop for your boat and how you plan to use it. http://ptprop.com/

              Looked at the Mercury High-5 but couldn't find a loaner to try out and didn't want to get stuck with a $500 prop with the wrong pitch. I read where many BF200 owners run the 19 pitch High-5 with great results.
              My BF200 is the V bottom boat not the flat bottom. handles chop very well, Havent had the need to run it WOT yet as its continually raining here in the sunburnt country. Although If it keeps raining I wont have to go far to put the boat in the water. the vengeance should be here before the weekend so ill see what hub it has and what hub it needs and ill post some photos.
              Its easier to ask forgiveness than permission.........And he who dies with the most toys wins.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Sydney Skier View Post
                This is more for the outboard guys. Im currently running the stock 14.24 x 17' cast prop on my rig. However 1 blade is severly bent (not me the previous owner). Im going to switch to stainless steel as iI know from past experiences that they do improve boat performance.

                The question I have is what props have you tested with what results?

                Im thinking that a 14.25 x 19 3 blade may be a little bit better all round propeller. Yes I know this could open up a thread of "how long is a piece of string" but before i go spending big money on props I thought i would see what everyone else is doing.

                Boat is mainly used for social skiing and im 135 KGs and 6'4. my partner is around 60 Kgs and 5'10. we usually have 2 people skiing and between 2 -5 (roughly 80 KGs each) people in the boat with a full fuel load.

                Any results would be good. Cheers
                Make sure the prop shaft isn't bent and the cone isn't "egged". This is one area where stainless can be a problem- if a boater tends to be in water with a lot of obstructions, a prop strike can do more damage to the out drive.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by orbeamlb View Post
                  I'm running a 17 pitch PowerTech ELE4 (4 blade) on my '88 PS200. My Mercury 200XRi will turn it up to 5800 rpm WOT which is at the upper end of the recommended WOT range. Boat will top out at 50mph with me and my 2 teen boys and 49 with my wife joining us. (The PS200 hull is pretty flat in the rear like a PS190 inboard so it has a high amount of wetted surface). The four blade has helped it with holding steady speeds pulling skiers and boarders and the holding power in turns increased as well.

                  Here's the link to PowerTech, they will also provide technical service to help you choose the best prop for your boat and how you plan to use it. http://ptprop.com/

                  Looked at the Mercury High-5 but couldn't find a loaner to try out and didn't want to get stuck with a $500 prop with the wrong pitch. I read where many BF200 owners run the 19 pitch High-5 with great results.
                  True, the High-5 19" pitch is the best for Pro-V200. Excellent stability against pull + decent top end. I run a 4 blade stainless 14x21 w/the Yamaha 225F which has the same performance characteristics as a High-5.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by aquaman View Post
                    True, the High-5 19" pitch is the best for Pro-V200. Excellent stability against pull + decent top end. I run a 4 blade stainless 14x21 w/the Yamaha 225F which has the same performance characteristics as a High-5.

                    with the 21 inch pitch and the 5 blades doesnt it create alot of preload on the engine? Im under the impression that outboards required a certain amount of "slip" to get them into the torque range for pulling skiers out of the water? Hence I went for the 19 inch 3 blade, But For cruising during the winter Id be happy to throw a 4 or 5 blade prop at it just to see what it does performance wise.
                    Its easier to ask forgiveness than permission.........And he who dies with the most toys wins.

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                    • #11
                      So new prop arrived today. So off with the old and one with the new to me 19 inch pitch. Found out why it launches out of the hole 13.75 by 17 inch prop.

                      As for the new prop it slipped straight onto the shaft. Just need to purchase a mercury front washer and it should be back together. looking forward to seeing the difference in performance and ride trim. Coated the prop shaft in never seize copper impregnated grease. This thing is so easy to work on.
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                      Its easier to ask forgiveness than permission.........And he who dies with the most toys wins.

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                      • #12
                        So I finally got to test the new propeller today. I went back to the original prop and took the crew for their ski runs. then took the 17 prop off and put the 19 so I had a back to back reference. The 19 Is unreal. pulls 2 people out of the deep and it reduced my ski revs by 900 revs!!!!!!!! I was skiing at 4900 (50mph) with the 17 inch pitch I put the 19 inch on and it came down to 4000 rpms. The boat trims so much easier and runs a lot smoother. I took a mate of mine and my finacee for a ski together. Now by themselves they skied at around 4100 rpms with the 17. I put the 19 on and took the pair together and their engine rpms came to 3800 with 2 people skiing. with the 17 the boat ran 59 mph at 6200 rpm. with me and a mate in it roughly 220 kgs of human weight. changed the prop 19 and ran it again and got 64mph at 5900 rpm. Would I recommend the 19 bloody oath. fantastic allround performance propeller for our style of boats. Over the easter weekend Ill be testing a 21 and 24 ( the 24 is a 4 blade).
                        Its easier to ask forgiveness than permission.........And he who dies with the most toys wins.

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                        • #13
                          A quick update didnt get to test the 24 as it threw a blade on the original boat it was on. But I have today received a 23 3 blade stainless laser 2 by quicksilver. Ill do a hub converstion and post up some photos. Im thinking It might be a bit big so may need to go back to a 21 which a mate of mine has. Ill post some photos when I get home. Cheers Jay
                          Its easier to ask forgiveness than permission.........And he who dies with the most toys wins.

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                          • #14
                            as i said heres the photos. the propeller came with no hub so I had a spare flow torque in the ski locker. very easy to install. heres how the the hub looks once installed. IMO If you have a rubber bushed prop and are thinking it could do with having a new bush installed dont bother with the rubber one go to the flow torque one you wont be dissappointed with the results.
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                            Its easier to ask forgiveness than permission.........And he who dies with the most toys wins.

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                            • #15
                              A cotter key or wire through the shaft would be a good idea.......you would hate losing a prop.

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