High RPM Problem

I bought a used 1989 Bass Tracker 1600 TF with a 115HP Johnson V4 motor. This boat has an inset transom at the bottom.  As I accelerate to WOT the Tach shoots past the 5500 mark almost at 1/2 to 2/3s WOT.  I don't press the issue so I cannot get up on plane.  There is also a porpoising problem. The current prop is a Raker stainless....it only has "Raker" imprinted on the hub so I don't know the pitch.  I believe it is a 13" prop with 3 blades. The motor is mounted on an aluminum wedge plate and has been lowered to the last hole in the motor mount.  To lower the RPMs I have to reduce speed and drop trim creating a rough ploughing ride.  I have not been able to test for rockers yet.  Thought maybe you had some ideas...it seems like I am very under-propped.


Steve Taylor
Stafford, Virginia



Find a prop shop in your area that can 1) tell us what you have for a prop 2) cup and add a little "roll" to the leading edge. If the shop you call is not showing much interest in the project, call the next one. The key to a good prop shop starts with an interested prop man. You have a ventilation problem that should be easy to remedy.




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Mark C.


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