Articles
   
       
       
Pics/Video
   
       
       
Shop
Search
 
 
 
 
 
Home   Articles   Pics/Video   Gear   Wake 101   Events   Community   Forums   Classifieds   Contests   Shop   Search
WAKE WORLD HOME
Email Password
Go Back   WakeWorld > >> Boats, Accessories & Tow Vehicles Archive > Archive through August 27, 2006

Share 
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old    Bill Taylor (o2binvallarta)      Join Date: Jul 2006       08-21-2006, 4:50 PM Reply   
Has anyone swapped out their stock 3 blade for a 4 blade on a Sea Ray 175 or similar (18', 190 hp IO, 14 x 23 stock prop, 500+ lbs. of ballast)? If so, what prop? Results?
Old    Kevin (cougar1)      Join Date: Aug 2006       08-22-2006, 7:57 AM Reply   
Hands down, you should get a Mercury Highfive 5 blade Stainless propeller. Since you currently have a 23 pitch, then you would buy the same pitch. It will be the best investment you have ever made. Call any prop shop and they will tell you the same. Any and all I/O's looking for holeshot for water sports should use this prop. You can pick them up on ebay just as I did for a couple hundred under retail. If you need, I can end you a link to the guy I bought mine from. The wake will be awesome and your handling will improve dramatically. I know numerous people I have talked into getting the prop and we all agree, we would never use anything else, ever!

Kevin
Old    Ron (dcranium)      Join Date: Mar 2006       08-22-2006, 8:47 AM Reply   
maybe a dumb question but where is the sacrificial anode placed for a stainless prop?
Old    Newman (newman)      Join Date: Jun 2006       08-22-2006, 9:56 AM Reply   
Wow, 23 seems pretty steep. I'll bet that boat hauls ass empty. I just swapped my 14.25 x 19 stainless for a 14.5 x 17 aluminum and I'm pretty happy with the results. I'm running the 4.3 V6, probably same motor as yours, in an 18' i/o, and we sack it out pretty heavy, probably around 4000lbs total weight boat+ballast+humans. I probably get 200-300 more RPMs trying to get on plane and the extra hp at that speed helps a lot. Also holds speed better.

I've heard nothing but good things about the 4-blade props. I went with the 3 because the dealer had it on the shelf and it was only about a hundred bucks.
Old    redneckonaboard06            08-22-2006, 10:02 AM Reply   
In my 19'5" I have 4.3 and with the factory 23 it flat hauled ass, even with 5-6 250lb guys. I now have a 21 and it still runs very well, 50mph or so w/out a lot revs. As soon as I get some coin put aside I'm gonna pick the Highfive, I've heard nothing but good about it.
Old    Bill Taylor (o2binvallarta)      Join Date: Jul 2006       08-22-2006, 10:19 AM Reply   
I too have read a lot of good things about the Mercury Highfive, just not sure I want to drop 5 bills. We're already convinced we need to buy a wake specific boat next year.

With the boat load with gear and people it goes nicely. however, it doesn't throw much of a wake (working on fixing that) and there's NO room!

I'm curious though, everything I read about going from 3 to 4 says to drop pitch by 2 inches. Why isn't the same true from going from 3 to 5?
Old    Scott Root (sroot1)      Join Date: Aug 2005       08-23-2006, 4:47 PM Reply   
Kevin
Please send me the link!!
I demo'd a 19P and a 17P! and I gotta have the 17P!!!
The 19P gave me almost the same power as my 19P S.S 3-blade vengance!
Scott

Reply
Share 

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 6:56 PM.

Home   Articles   Pics/Video   Gear   Wake 101   Events   Community   Forums   Classifieds   Contests   Shop   Search
Wake World Home

 

© 2012 eWake, Inc.    
Advertise    |    Contact    |    Terms of Use    |    Privacy Policy    |    Report Abuse    |    Conduct    |    About Us