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Old 04-19-2019, 09:48 AM   #101 (permalink)
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Good to know. I currently have a 19 pitch, 14.5" diameter prop. On my boat last year, I had a 17 by 13.25. Not sure I would want to mess with the pitch because I fish quite a bit out east, where the lakes a bigger and speed matters more. I was thinking about a stainless steel prop though. My second boat could get to 45 mph on a good day, by myself, at lake MacConaughy, and it only had a 125 HP engine. But it had a stainless steel prop, and it never had a tank full of gas. Who the hell needs 36 gallons on our lakes? That boat was lighter and not as wide, which helped too.
My 125 2 cycle Merc on my 20 foot Monark with 2 people is propped this way.
15 pitch for mountain lakes (11 mile, Spinney)
17 for Chatfield
19 for Powell
As mentioned the key is wide open throttle RPMs
Pick a prop pitch according to the way use it most.
2 people, 4 people etc.
A four stroke has more torque than a 2 stroke IMO.
I would try a 17 pitch for higher elevations.
Your 19 for lower elevations.
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Old 04-19-2019, 10:30 AM   #102 (permalink)
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My 125 2 cycle Merc on my 20 foot Monark with 2 people is propped this way.
15 pitch for mountain lakes (11 mile, Spinney)
17 for Chatfield
19 for Powell
As mentioned the key is wide open throttle RPMs
Pick a prop pitch according to the way use it most.
2 people, 4 people etc.
A four stroke has more torque than a 2 stroke IMO.
I would try a 17 pitch for higher elevations.
Your 19 for lower elevations.
Yep, I might have to do the opposite of what I intended to do and keep the current 19 pitch aluminum prop for lower elevation. Get a 17 pitch stainless steel prop for Colorado. Eventually get a second stainless steel prop for lower elevation. It depends on how the boat performs when I am finally able to go full throttle. I'm taking it to Kansas next week and in early May. Powell in June. Lake MacConaughy in June/July. By then, I should be done with the break in and will have used at a range of elevations. I have never taken any of my boats to mountain lakes. I have no plans to take the current boat to the hills this year, but maybe next year.
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Old 04-19-2019, 10:51 PM   #103 (permalink)
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Clean looking boat here.

I think the sterndrive fishing boats are interesting. Seems like you may get more boat for your $ - lots of people are afraid of a little extra work for winterization.

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Clean looking boat here.

I think the sterndrive fishing boats are interesting. Seems like you may get more boat for your $ - lots of people are afraid of a little extra work for winterization.

https://classifieds.ksl.com/listing/55735037

Dang, seems like lot of boat for the money! I do like the idea of having all that power. I recall that the sterndrive transmission came about as a way that some folks figured out how to put a car motor in a boat. So, what all is involved in winterizing?
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Dang, seems like lot of boat for the money! I do like the idea of having all that power. I recall that the sterndrive transmission came about as a way that some folks figured out how to put a car motor in a boat. So, what all is involved in winterizing?
My last sterndrive had a 350 in it. It had 4 plastic screws you had to pull out to drain the engine. They were very easy access. Literally took less than 2 minutes to drain the motor to keep it from freezing.

I know some of the 4.3 V6 have a single point drain.

Not sure about your comment about the transmission. Sterndrives have been around for a long time. Used to be that it was much easier to get more HP in a sterndrive than a outboard. I think they still have a cost advantage if you are looking for something above 200 HP.
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Is this a "death boat"?

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The term "Death Boat" is related to the owners ability to have some common sense IMO.
Never was scared in my last smaller boat.

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This one will sell today.

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The term "Death Boat" is related to the owners ability to have some common sense IMO.
Never was scared in my last smaller boat.

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I see small boats (14'-18') on the saltwater in Hawaii all the time, boat of choice for local fishermen. The boat carries or has a built in giant cooler, local fisherman sell their catch, smaller boats with outboards are more economical and easier to get in and out of small boat ramps.
I have a 23' cat with twin 115's, a lot more square footage when the beam runs to the bow and the ride of a cat is hard to beat.
As far as propping goes you need to be close to max rpm trimmed up wide open for best performance.
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