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Old    Corbin J. Ross (corbin)      Join Date: Jul 2009       08-01-2010, 8:32 AM Reply   
Not that I really care all that much but I was wondering why wake props are all bronze and outboard and inboard/outboard props are either stainless or cast alluminum
Old    McGavin (Shooter)      Join Date: Apr 2010       08-01-2010, 2:23 PM Reply   
Just a guess, but with a direct drive / V-drive there is no play if you strike the prop. This can make for a very expensive repair if the prop does not give. It’s better to repair a damaged prop ($150) then shaft, V-drive, etc. I ran a stainless in my old outboard and loved it. If I struck the prop, the motor could pop up to absorb some of the impact. I have heard of guys running stainless props on wakeboats, but they are braver than me.
Old    Joe Sellhausen (joesell)      Join Date: Apr 2001       08-03-2010, 6:17 AM Reply   
I used to run a stainless and I loved it. Same prop, no dings for 9 years. It pickeed up some gravel and chucked it into the bottom of my boat. Left 3 nice little holes in the boat, but the prop was fine. The only problem with stainless is the prop mfg's don't make very many sizes. I'd buy another one in a heartbeat if they made a 14.5 x 14.25.

And Shooter's argument has a point. But if you hit something hard enough to wreck your nibril prop, your going to wreck everything else anyway.
Old    Alan Slabaugh (alans)      Join Date: Aug 2005       08-03-2010, 6:37 AM Reply   
I used to see about 10-15 totaled props to every one bent rudder or strut. And maybe 1 of 20 has bent shaft. The question is, how many of those 10-15 totaled props would have survived the incident as a stainless prop and how many would have caused major shaft or tranny damage?

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