thats the other thing i forgot to mention. the correct pitch and number of blades is very important:thumbsup: i have 200 opti thats a 2 stroke and has alot of torqe. running a aluminum prop on my setup would get me by but the stainless as i stated provides better performance and takes the load off the motor plus provides longivity. I have the Mercury Mirage Plus, and spent a pretty penny on it. Its worth every bit. I think it is worth the time to dial in the right prop for your ride.
Just my opinion i'm no motor head by a long shot. I'd have to agree with snakehead and hooker on this one. Iv'e spent a lot of years on the water, owned a few different rigs, and spent a lot of time on different rigs of my fathers too. The way I look at it is, it's only a matter of time before you hit something on the water, I'd rather bend my prop then my drive shaft. I have seen first hand what hitting a PVC pipe that was floating in the water (oyster bed marker) did to a buddy of mine's stainless steel prop, and in turn to his drive shaft. I have hit a lot of different things in my day and never seen em coming. I mean how fast do you really have to go to get to your fishing spot, and will it really get you there that much faster?
I had my prop sent out to be resurfaced, and polished up. looks like its brand new. after those years of use, the edges got worn, and the surface had oxidation spots. south jersey boatworks in millville hooked me up. i forget exactly what measurement they took off the edge to take some of the load off the motor. If your interested contact matt.Rusty - what do you mean by
"if you do go with stainless be sure to get it milled every few years to ensure longivity of your motor and of course fuel economy." :huh: