Vaquero Prop

Dear Randy,

I just purchased a 1994 Xstream Vaquero. The boat is in great condition. Part of the reason I bought the boat is because of the "low" power that is currently on it - as I figure it has not been abused. It has a stock 1994 Johnson 115 Hp bolted directly on the transom in the lowest holes  (shaft about 5" below pad). It is running an OMC SST II 12.75 x 23 aluminum prop that the previous owner modified up from a 19 pitch . . . so I don't really know the exact specifications on it. She seems to be running right around 5500 rpm when I get her up and flying. And boy, what a nice feeling . . . even at these relatively slow speeds!

The future of this boat holds more horsepower, but for now I would like to buy a stainless steel prop, raise the engine up on the transom a bit and just enjoy it. I've been through your technical notes on set up for Vipers and Vectors in this power range and you seem to recommend the Yamaha drag in a 14 x 24 pitch. My question is: do you think it can spin this prop? I just want to confirm this before I go through finding and rehubbing one. I don't have a lot of experience with the Hydrostream hull designs, V-4s or the Yamaha prop. My previous boats have been big block I/Os.

Thank you very much in advance for your help. Feel free to offer any other advice, too.

Sincerely yours,




I don't know what your prop is. The most you can change pitch is about an inch up or down. For now, leave it as is and locate a 13 1/2 x 22 OMC Raker. Even a 13 1/2 x 20 will be better than what you have. Rakers measure bigger than stamped so the Raker will work great with your V-4. You also don't need to have it rehubbed. Give it a try.




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Mark C.


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