3 vs 4 Blades?

Dear Randy,

I'm the one with the '87 Starliner that you recommended the trophy prop for. Thanks so much for your response and input. I thoroughly enjoy reading your column. I was just wondering if you could explain why the 4 blade works better, my dealer recommended the Tempest Plus. I understand you could probably write a book on propellers but I also thought this would be some interesting reading for allot of others too.

Jim,

Generally, I use 4 blades when I need more bite on the boat that is very long or heavy. Kind of like a 4 wheel drive in the mud, when the back tires spin, you put it in 4 wheel drive and drive out. When the 3 blade does not have enough blade area to carry the boat, a 4 blade will work better. On a lighter boat, the extra blade just has more drag and is slower.

Randy

 

 

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Thanks,
Mark C.

 

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