Viper Props

Randy,  I first would like to say thanks for responding so quickly to my last e-mail.  I have a 1996 115 Johnson Fast Track on a 1980 viper, 2.5 inch jack plate, and nose cone (actual hp is around 140). You recommended 24 or 26 pitch Yamaha drag prop.  Why?  How does it compare to a Chopper or Cleaver?  I want the fastest prop available.  Please help me decide on which prop to buy.

Thanks, Darren



    The Yamaha drag prop just works better on the 4 1/4" diameter gearcase that your V-4 has. The old chopper for the Merc In-line works good, but the new Chopper II has too much blade area for the 115. An old style, Mod VP cut, 14" diameter cleaver would probably work, but they are rarer than the in-line chopper. Cost is also very high for a "GOOD" cleaver. Kurt Krebs had a rig similar to yours and with a 26 Yam drag prop, the boat ran 7000+ all day long. I ran 77 mph with it once. This was with a short jackplate like yours with the propshaft 2" below the bottom and no nose cone. The Yam prop planes off better that the chopper, but the top-end is about the same.

    Hope this helps. 




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Mark C.


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