Selecting Material

Boat props are constructed of a number of different materials. The major elements that are used include items such as composite, plastic, aluminum and stainless steel. The later type of boat propeller that was mentioned in the previous sentence is the cream of the crop when it comes to boat propellers. Stainless steel boat props are known to last longer, be stronger, and contain blades that are of a higher quality.

Diameter

Diameter is a term that is used when referring to the width of the space between the circle of the rotating boat propeller blades.

Pitch

Boat Pitch refers to the angle of the blades, and how that angle is shown in terms of inches. Since all boat props are known to experience slippage, the specific amount that the blades revolve is a lower amount than the stated pitch.

Considerations

While there are many tools that you should consider when you are selecting the most incredible prop for your boat, I will show you 4 items that you should pay specific attention to in the boat propeller selection process:

  • 1. Always examine a number of different types of boat props
  • 2. Make sure to utilize a tachometer in order to determine RPM
  • 3. Use some type of tool to assess the speed of your boating vessel
  • 4. Remember to evaluate all setups at wide open throttle.
In short you can use many tools to act as a boat propeller selection guide, but in the end the tool that matters the most is the one that is between your ears. Talk to other boaters whom you respect and admire. Ask the advice of those boaters, use the selection tools that were mentioned in this article, and even use the fancy boat prop calculators that you can find online to determine which boat prop will give you the best bang for your boating buck.