Props for Merc 90
This doesn't relate directly to Hydrostreams, but if you have time and
room on the page to answer my questions, I'd appreciate it a lot. I've
been trying to find the ultimate top speed propeller. My motor is a 3 cyl.
Mercury 90. The boat is set up so that it doesn't need any additional bow
lift, it's rigged for a cleaver. I've tried several propellers, but the
best I've found so far is a 13 1/2" x 30" over hub cleaver with
very small cup. I have no idea, who manufactured or reworked it. It had
Ron Hill stamped on it, but it was clearly modified after Mr. Hill. It had
very thin blades and it threw a blade after two seasons. I've been trying
to find a replacement for it, but I don't know who reworked it, etc. The
hub doesn't look like a Mercury. I have a 14" x 28" over hub
Merc Cleaver, which is reworked by the same mystery guy, who did the
30". The 28" works well, it's reworked pretty much the same as
30", but with thicker blades, and it has better acceleration,
naturally. The 28" is a very good prop, but I'd still want to have
the ultimate top end performer I once had. I've run several other small
dia over hub Mercury Cleavers, but never found as good a performer as the
30". Maybe the worst thing I ever did was throw the wounded prop to
the lake, because I was so p_____d of demolishing it. Perhaps I could've
had made a copy of it based on the two remaining blades.
I've tried several other propellers, too, but I've never found the one.
I've tried an old thru-hub Mercury 14" x 30" cleaver, but it's
acceleration is very sluggish. It's almost as fast as the over hub
30", but it lacks 2/300 rpms and is very "heavy". The motor
can't accelerate at all and the prop requires the ultimate weather. I was
told this was the older inline, thru-hub model, which had the bigger
blades than the new ones. Haven't tried a new blade thru-hub, but I'll
have a chance to test a lab finished one in a couple of weeks. I've also
had the blades cut a bit on the old thru-hub to get the prop to perform,
but it won't help enough. I've also tried a 14 1/2" x 30"
Mercury Cleaver. It's had it's dia cut a bit, but it still had the
"fatter" blades compared to 14" Merc Cleaver. This 14
1/2" prop had the same symptoms as the old thru-hub cleaver, it's too
"heavy". I've also tried several round ear propellers. The
fastest of them was an old Mercury inline chopper, 14" x 26". It
ran almost as fast as the Merc 14" x 28" Cleaver, but it cracked
a blade, as inline choppers do. The inline chopper didn't have a good
acceleration, it was worse than the 28" cleaver, but I was still able
to drive the boat with it. It wasn't as heavy as the thru-hub or 14
1/2" cleavers. I can't imagine running a 28" inline cleaver, it
would have too much pitch and blade area. Then I've tried a 14" x
27" Hoss Triton, but it wasn't any better than the inline Chopper.
Plus, I've tried a Yamaha copy, a 14 1/2" x 26", but it was
clearly too big for me.
What do you think? Which Cleavers are the best? Should I stick with small
dia Mercury ones, or should I try Mazco's or Spinelli's? Has there been
any changes in Mercury Cleavers' blades, like in thru-hub props, that I
should know of?
Sounds like you had an old Mod VP prop that Ron cut down. If your boat
is like most of the 90hp powered rigs I've run, it makes sense that it
likes the small cup, small blade area cleavers. Cleavers tend to spool
up better than choppers and the like. With the limited power, that
characteristic is what you need. Too bad you don't have the old
"2" blade as Mercury could copy it. For now the new Merc
cleavers are different in the metal used and the hub style. They still
could make one that worked. I have a small blade area 30 cleaver that
might work. It has too much cup for your boat but it could be modified
to fit your boat. If you wanted to try it I'd sent it to you. For V6's
it's a little light but it would give us a baseline. Other than that,
the 14x30 cleaver that was 300 rpm low could be tailored to your rig. It
sounds like it's pretty close. I agree that the cleavers are the way to
go with your boat. My experience with the 90 has been the cleaver is
easier to deal with less compromise, compared to round ears at that
Hope some of this helps.
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