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Old    Paul Catanese (pcat)      Join Date: Jan 2008       01-28-2008, 2:18 PM Reply   
I have a 2007 Glastron with a stock 3 blade prop. I was thinking about switching to a 4 blade. will it make that big of a difference? I tow a lot and dont run wide open that much. will it be a noticeable or just a waste?
Old    michael z (absoluteboarder)      Join Date: Aug 2002       01-28-2008, 2:38 PM Reply   
....you will notice, but I dont think it is worth it (at least it wasnt for me when I tried).....but if you want real improvement lower your prop pitch.
Old    Bill K (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       01-28-2008, 3:01 PM Reply   
You don't really say why your looking at a new prop, but I'll take a guess that it's to get your boat up on a plane faster, especially when your loaded down & pulling a boarder.

It's been a while since I owned an I/O, and I never messed with different props then either. But I did install one of those hydrofoil wings on the outdrive & saw a big improvement in getting the boat on a plane faster. As I recall I lowered my lowest planing speed on an 18' SeaRay from around 17 or 18 mph down to like 12 or 13 mph.
Old    Ken Toby (towboat_222)      Join Date: Feb 2007       01-31-2008, 8:55 AM Reply   
Go to a high five from Mercruiser you will love it. It slows you down about 2 mph but helps pulling.
Old    Gene Williams (gene3x)      Join Date: Apr 2005       01-31-2008, 9:14 AM Reply   
High Five prop for sure....
Old    Rob.B (rbeckei)      Join Date: May 2007       01-31-2008, 9:16 AM Reply   
We had a I/O with 5.0 mercruiser, and when we changed to a High Five 19 pitch, It was like night and day. Much better for pulling but you will lose 2-3 mph.
Old    JMB (jbarber3orange)      Join Date: Aug 2007       01-31-2008, 10:29 AM Reply   
Same thing here. Have a 5.0 Mercruiser. Changed to a 17 pitch first, little too much low end and lost about 5-6 mph, then went to the 19 pitch. Perfect.

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