Dialed-In to the XS!

The popular Bravo I XS  with dual exhaust vent holes and fine tuning with PVS.
The popular Bravo I XS with dual exhaust vent holes and fine tuning with PVS.

The hot news from Hot Springs, Arkansas is our release of five new half-inch pitch offerings for the popular Bravo I® XS propeller.  The new offerings debuted this morning at the 2015 FLW (Fishing League Worldwide) tournament.

The new half-inch pitch offerings greatly enhance the application of the XS for single engine outboard applications. The addition of half-inch pitch offerings enable bass boat and center console bay boat owners to Dial-In their engine RPM for maximum power and efficiency.  The new models include 22.5″, 24.5″, 26.5″, 28.5″ and 30.5″ pitch sizes – complimenting the expansive 22 inch to  to 31.5 inch pitch range.

Get Dialed in to the XS for the maximum in outboard performance.
Get Dialed in to the XS for the maximum in outboard performance. Photo courtesy of Bass Cat Boats.

The Bravo I XS has proven to be one of our most versatile props. It’s a natural for 2-stroke applications and now – with the Mercury patented Performance Vent System®, it is delivering unprecedented performance on single engine four stroke applications as well.

Bravo I XS Part Numbers:

Dia/Rotation/Pitch Part Number
15.25”/RH/22” 831910L60
15.25”/RH/22.5″ 8M0111147
15.25”/RH/23” 831910L80
15.25”/RH/23.5” 8M0100104
15.25”/RH/24” 831912L60
15.25”/RH/24.5″ 8M0111148
15.25”/RH/25” 831912L80
15.25”/RH/25.5” 8M0100105
15.25”/RH/26” 831914L60
15.25”/RH/26.5″ 8M0111149
15.25”/RH/27” 831914L80
15.25”/RH/27.5” 8M0100106
15.25”/RH/28” 831916L60
15.25”/RH/28.5” 8M0111150
15.25”/RH/29” 831916L80
15.25”/RH/29.5” 8M0100107
15.25”/RH/29.5” 8M0100107
15.25”/RH/30” 831918L60
15.25”/RH/30.5” 8M0111151
15.25”/RH/31” 831918L80
15.25”/RH/31.5” 8M0100109

Get your rig Dialed in the XS. See you authorized Mercury dealer today!






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167 thoughts on “Dialed-In to the XS!”

    1. James,
      The four strokes can use the upgraded Bravo I XS with the new adjustable (8) PVS vent holes by installing the solid vent fittings. Let me know if you’re looking for right and left hand rotation half-pitch props.

      1. Have a Bass Cat Jaguar with Yamaha 250 SHO turning a Yamaha 24 T1 prop right at 6000 rpm at 73 mph tournament loaded. Interested in a Bravo XS. What pitch would you recommend?

        1. Randy,
          The 25″ pitch Bravo I XS will offer similar rpm to the T1 24″. Depending on your load, I think you’ll benefit running the 26″ or 26.5” pitch XS even though you’ll drop 150 (26”) to 225 (26.5”) rpm. Your motor makes 250 HP at 5500 rpm so consider propping it to hit 5775 to 5850 rpm. The added pitch will increase your speed. And thanks for considering running Mercury propellers.

    2. Hi Scott,
      I just bought a 2014 Ranger Z521c with a 250 PRO XS with the wingmaster gearcase. 15 hours on engine. I’m currently running a 24P Fury at 5850 rpm and a top speed of 70+GPS speed. I’m still moving the engine height and feel it will go a little faster. I’m looking at the Bravo One XS to improve hole shot and acceleration. What would you recommend as far as pitch. Im thinking 26.5 or 27. I have read your responses to others who run Furys and you usually recommend going up 2 in pitch from a Fury prop. Paul Hornek Lagrange, KY

      1. Paul,
        The Fury’s run high in pitch and the Bravo I XS runs low in pitch. Typically, to achieve similar rpm in the past – I would say move up 2 inch of pitch (plus engine height). However, since we’ve introduced the one half inch pitch XS I would rather see you run the 26.5P. The 26.5P will offer planing advantage over the 27P. And, at full throttle, your engine speed should be up 75 rpm to 5900 rpm. Engine height should be increased .5-inches to as much as 1 inch higher than the 3 blade. Top-end speed for a light load is usually faster running a Fury but with a heavy load, the Bravo I XS takes top speed.

        1. Hi Scott,
          My mistake, running the 24 fury I was thinking the 25.5 or the 26P not the 26.5 or 27P. I would assume by your other comparisons the you would recommend the 25.5P Bravo 1 XS? The 26 being 2 higher and equal to the 24 Fury in RPM. The 25.5 would give me the slightly higher RPM as you recommended. Is this how you see it? Thanks for your help! Cant wait to get my new Bravo 1 XS! Paul Hornek

          1. Paul,
            Yes you’re right regarding the 25.5″ Bravo I XS. Go with that for quicker planing or a 26″ for top speed. Enjoy.

  1. Scott,

    I have a 2005 BassCat Cougar FTD/225 Optimax.

    In Texas summer heat, I’m running a Fury 25 at 5800rpm and 71.5 MPH solo with a light load. Prop to pad at -3″. Two anglers and tournament load and the performance drops way off with the Fury.

    I’d like to get a Bravo I XS for better holeshot and load carrying potential with a minimal loss of top speed.

    What pitch would you recommend?

    1. Karl,
      Thanks for asking about the Bravo I XS. The Fury runs heavy in pitch and the Bravo I XS models are light in pitch. Also, the 3 blade runs better deep in the water whereas the Bravo I XS runs better when elevated (.75 to 1” higher) than the Fury. Normally, I’d say run a 27” pitch XS to equal similar rpm to the Fury. However, in your case – I’d like to see you go with the 26.5” pitch (part # 8M0111149) which would enable you to increase your engine speed by 50 to 75 rpm. You’re going to really like this prop. It’s going to do exactly what you’re looking for.

  2. I’m looking to improve my hold shot from my 250proxs on a z521Ranger. I have two blade power poles and run heavy. My fishing partner and I both weigh around 230.

    What pitch would fit my needs…?Also what kind of speeds could I expect…?

    thanks much,


    1. Greg,
      What pitch is the Fury you’re running? Also, What rpm is your engine turning and what is your GPS speed at wide open throttle?

  3. Scott,

    I have a 20TRX with 250 Pro XS & TM II with 10″ Hydraulic Jackplate. I’m currently running a 25P Fury at 3″ BP. Full tank of fuel & 2 person Tournament load I’m turning 5750 rpms with 72 GPS speed. I’ve been reading these post and wondering if a Bravo 1 XS could help my performance for these conditions. I’ve tried a 25P Tempest it turns 5850 rpms with same speed as Fury. Haven’t been able to find anyone local with a Bravo 1 XS to test. If Braxo 1 XS is recommended what pitch should I buy. I appreciate your help. Thanks.

    1. Tommy,
      Using the 25″ Tempest as a benchmark for rpm and speed, installing a 26″ pitch Bravo I XS should offer up similar rpm with speed at or down 1.5 mph. Typically, running the Bravo I XS allows engine height to be increased .5″ to 1″ – depending on your existing height. If the engine height can be raised .5″,expect to gain 75 rpm at that height. Consider a move up to the 26.5″ Bravo I XS. The one half inch additional pitch should offer similar speed as the Tempest with the opportunity to gain 1.25 mph.

  4. Scott,
    I’m curious if the Bravo 1 XS would work on my 2014 Triton 21TRX, here’s my current numbers.
    2014 Triton 21TRX
    2014 Mercury 250 Pro XS w/ Torque Master gear case
    25P Fury w/ no vent plugs
    10″ manual jack plate at 3.5″ prop to pad
    Twin Power Pole Blades
    4-Group 27 batteries
    3/4 Tank of gas
    No water in live wells
    Loaded with tournament gear
    210 lb. driver
    85 degree air temp.
    Elevation 1,571
    74 mph
    5850 rpm
    20+ water pressure

    Hole shot on this rig is OK when the live wells are empty. When the live wells are full, the hole shot suffers pretty bad. Bow lift at WOT is good and the boat achieves that floating light feeling. Does the Bravo 1 XS utilize the racing hub?

    Dana Steiner

    1. Dana,
      Yes, the Bravo I XS will work. It’s designed specifically for the heavy loads – offering great hole shot without sacrificing much on the top end. And – in most cases for heavy loads – the XS can pick up some top end in applications where the 3 blade drops the bow. Fury props run heavy in pitch and the Bravo I XS runs light in pitch. With the rpm you’re running, consider a 26.5” pitch Bravo I XS; part # 8M0111149. Keep in mind – you’ll have to test engine height. The Fury’s run deep and the Bravo’s like to run .5” to 1” higher.
      Have fun.

  5. Scott,

    I have a 2014 nitro z8 merc 250proxs running bravo1 xs 28p rpms 5800 at 75 mph prop to pad is 2.75 inch. If i go down to 26.5 do you think i will gain 2 mph and be turning rpms of 6000. not running torque master lower unit these numbers are at full load 50 gallons of gas livewells full two people full of tackle.Light load it will touch 76 . Trim level on motor is just over half trim use full trim 71 mph rpms go to 6000. Love this prop best one i ever run boat hanlding is great. Hole shot is great. Thanks Dewayne

    1. Dewayne,
      Glad to hear you love the prop. The sweet spot for your motor is 5800 rpm which your 28″ pitch achieves. When installing a 27″ pitch – we can expect the engine speed to increase 150 rpm with speed fluctuating between 74.5 to 75 mph. A 26.5″ pitch should raise the engine speed by another 75 rpm; resulting in a solid 74 mph. If you’re looking for an enhanced hole shot I would consider the 27″ pitch. If not keep running the 28″ pitch and enjoy.

  6. Hi Scott, Thanks again for all your help on tuning my prop/boat/motors over the years.
    After we talked last a few weeks ago here are some of my recent results.

    I am running a brand new 2016 Yar-Craft 219TFX I have been on the water with it for only a few weeks and just through break in on the motor so I have not pushed the envelope yet on the power house.

    I am rigged up with a 250 ProXS installed on the boat with an Atlas Hydraulic Jack plate, I believe 8” setback (might be 6”) Boat dry weight is 2200lbs. I ran most of this prop checking with a full tank of fuel and all of my fishing equipment on board. I am running a Bravo 1 XS 22P blade.

    I have not messed with lifting the motor with the jack plate yet on plane, again I just got through break in on the motor. So it seems my top end no matter which holes I had open or plugged seemed to be close at about 57mph. I will go back and take a look at my top end RPM this week. As I noted when we talked the stock Bravo 1 XS with all the vent holes open was slipping notably on holeshot and my rpms would jump until it bit and pushed me out on plane. I also noticed that on high speed cornering I did blow out a bit.

    After we talked I plugged 2 of the lower holes (opposite each other) completely then went back out and hit it again. Even though I did see improvement I was still experiencing slip out of the hole. I pulled the boat out and plugged the remaining 2 lower holes with the partial vent plugs. This provided a nice even holeshot and similar top end performance and handling. The next day I had a guide trip with 2 people, and I noticed that on my take off with the extra few hundred pounds in the boat that I was slipping just a tad. So that night I ended up pulling the partial plugs and fully plugging the remaining 2 lower holes. So far this seems to be giving me the best all-around feel from the boat. Next week I will try to mess with the jack plate and get some WOT numbers and then may compare those to the performance from my 22P Tempest which I have not run yet.

    I have some pictures but I was not sure if I can attach them here or not.

    Thanks again for the great insight and for making an outstanding product!!!


    Capt. Robert Claus
    NPAA #385
    FinFanatic Charters

  7. I am wondering what the differences are between the Bravo 1, Bravo 1FS, and the Bravo 1 XS. I realize the XS has the dual vent holes, but wondering if that is the only difference. Thanks.

    1. Dave,
      The standard Bravo I was designed for stern drive engines. As our outboards have evolved – Mercury Racing has improved the Bravo I specifically for them. The Bravo I FS and XS are basically the same; the only difference is the number of vent holes. The two-stroke outboard often requires additional venting to plane the boat. The (8) PVS adjustable vent holes enable the operator to “dial-n” the props for the exact amount of aeration needed for the ultimate hole shot. Compared to the standard Bravo I, the FS and XS have different leading edges, a finer balance, tuned cup heights and shorter barrels – attributes designed specifically for outboards.

  8. Scott,

    I have an 06 Nitro 929 w/a 225 Verado and a 26p Bravo 1. I have decent mid range power but my hole shot sucks. So which prop would you recommend for my situation? An FS or an XS?

    1. Steve,
      The Bravo I FS is the style. Now we just need to determine the pitch. The pitch is based off your current performance with the standard Bravo I. The sweet spot for your motor is 6200 rpm at wide open throttle. If you want to be close to your current WOT rpm then go up to the 27” pitch Bravo I FS (these props are designed for you to move up one inch in pitch). Typically, for every one inch of pitch change it’s 150 rpm change. So, if the WOT rpm is lower than 6200 then consider using the 26” pitch Bravo I FS. You should realize a gain of 150 rpm compared to the 27” pitch. If the math still doesn’t get you to 6200 rpm with the 26” pitch then consider the 25” pitch FS. The lower the pitch the faster the hole shot. The key is to find a pitch that provides that perfect balance of good hole shot and top speed.

  9. Hi Scott,
    I have a 2015 Ranger Z119c 225 pro xs 10″ slidemaster with a 24 Fury running 5730 at 73 mph getting ready to buy a bravo 1 xs what pitch do you recommend I was thinking a 25 or 25.5
    And what pvs configuration would you start with Thanks

    1. Doug,
      For your rig, consider the 26” pitch Bravo I XS. The Fury props run high in pitch compared to the Bravo I XS. In many cases a switch of 2” is preferred but, in your case, you’re at 5730 rpm. The 26” pitch Bravo I XS should increase rpm to 5850. Test the engine height because the Bravo runs better .75” to 1” (or so) higher than the Fury.

  10. scott I was running a 28p bravo 1 xs on my 2012 z8 250 pro xs turning 5850 at 76mph, just got a new 27 bravo 1 xs 6050 rpm 75 mph but lots better holeshot loaded, have been looking at the bravo 1 xc. would this prop be faster than the xs, with better holeshot and what would b recommended pitch. thanks

    1. Samuel,
      Stick with the Bravo I XS. The Bravo I XC is geared for the Flats fisherman running skinny water. The top speed will be less with the XC because of its tremendous amount of cup. For example, a 24” pitch XC would offer similar rpm as the 26.6” pitch XS.

  11. would a 27.5 b a better choice over over the 27 find rpm is a little to high what can I expect out of the 27.5 over the 27 and vs the 28

    1. Samuel,
      Typically, there’s a 150 rpm difference between the 27″ pitch and 28″ pitch. The 27.5″ pitch will fall right between these for rpm. The 27.5″ pitch prop would also offer added bow lift over the 27″ pitch. Added lift is often good for heavier boats.

  12. Scott,

    Currently running a 25 tempest plus, 2014 nitro z9, 250 proxs. Was seeing 72-73 gps @ 5850rpm tourney load 2 people. Damaged the prop this weekend and looking for pitch recommendations on the Bravo 1 xs. Thanks.

    1. Hello Scott,

      Purchased the Bravo I 26, now turning 6100 saw 74.7 with two people load with current. Is the rpm to much for the pro xs 250, should I step up to the 26.5 or adjust something? Without current same rpm and 72-73mph, love the prop just wondering if we are leaving a little top end on the table. 2014 Nitro z9, please advise thanks.

      1. Russ,
        Fantastic! By bumping up to the 26.5″ pitch, you can expect an approximately 75 rpm drop in engine speed and a 0.5 mph increase in speed. The 27″ pitch should drop engine speed 5950 rpm with a .75 mph speed increase.

    2. Russ,
      Usually, a move up of one-inch to the 26″ will do. However, I think your Z9 can get similar rpm with the 26.5″ pitch Bravo I XS. The 26.5″ has just a little more cup along the trailer edge compared to the 26” . The added cup should increase you bow lift – resulting with a speed increase of 1 to 1.5 mph.

  13. Scott,
    I have a 2004 Triton 20X series. 225 Mercury Optimax. 25P Fury. 5700rpm. 68mph. 2.75″ below pad. Hole shot is really bad with 2 people and live wells full. Would I benefit from a Bravo I XS?

    1. Chris,
      Good idea. The Bravo I XS is a fantastic weight lifter. The Fury runs tall in pitch so to equal rpm, a 27” XS would offer similar rpm. If your engine were turning 5750 rpm, I’d suggest the 26.5” pitch Bravo I XS. At 5700 rpm, I would suggest the 26” pitch Bravo I XS. With the heavy load the Bravo I XS should increase your top=end speed by 1 mph. Under light loads – the Fury should be the faster of the two.

  14. Good night … I’m in trouble with the helices brave 1XS … have a Verado 350 in a sci use nitro step 28 … reaches speed of 88 mph at 6800 rpm … so that keeps this speed for a long time she plucks a blade of the propeller … ja tore 3 helices … u know deizer me if I’m doing something wrong?
    I wonder if the st maximus would not serve me …?

    1. Elias,
      The lack of water flow into the propeller is typically the issue for repeated blade failures. The combination of boat design and engine height is typically the cause. Dispersing the load by adding a fifth blade should minimize the failure. Something new from Mercury Racing is the Max 5 designed specifically for high speed – single and multi-engine hulls with increased engine heights. We recently released the propeller at the Desert Storm Poker Run.

      1. And as I am using a bravo xs 28 … that step you recommend me the max5 …
        and the hole shot you think you will get better with max5 as compared to bravo xs ?

        1. Elias,
          The MAX5 is an awesome prop for the right set up, particularly for those fighting prop slip in excess of 18%. Typically, slip increases with a step hull or when running an elevated Sport Master gearcase. Tell me more about your boat and motor and let me know what your getting for WOT rpm and speed. That information will help me to determine how the MAX5 will work for your boat.

  15. Scott, I have a 2004 Ranger 521vx with 2004 250xs on a 10″ Bob’s hydraulic with 2 power poles. In cold water with 2 guys and tournament load I can turn a 27p bravo xs to 5500 rpms at 69.9mph GPS. The 04 xs is rated for 5800 rpms and beeps at 5850. Which bravo should I run? Would a 25.5p be good to try?

    1. Matt,
      Usually, for every 1” pitch change it’s a 150 rpm change. If you wanted to get up to 5800 rpm you would have to drop to a 25” pitch. Make sure your tach is accurate. It seems the rev-limiter hitting at 5850 rpm is tight. If the tach is good then the 25.5” pitch should be perfect.

  16. I have a 2012 Triton 21HP, with a 2012 250 ProXS. I bought a 27 pitch Bravo 1 XS and am happy the performance, but am wondering about slip, boat is loaded full of gear and I weight 235. 60 mph at 5000 rpms on your slip calculator shows 18%. Motor has a 10 ” Atlas Hydraulic Jack plate and props somewhere around 2″ below pad. Is there anything I can do to reduces the slip.

    1. Buddy,
      The Bravo I XS props run a little low in actual pitch. If you input 26” pitch in place of 27” pitch in our slip calculator the slip comes in around 14% which is not to off the mark. Typically, the slower the boat speed the higher the slip percentage.

  17. 2014 bass cat puma ftd 300 mercury xs sportmaster 1.75 2 1\2 ” below pad 28 bravo 1 with 1 inch vent lab finish 6000 79.4 mph . what other props would you suggest to lower prop slip and gain performance. I can raise engine water pressure is still great.

      1. Charles,
        I would pass on the 28.5″ pitch and look at either the 29” or 29.5″ pitch Bravo I XS.

  18. Hello Scott,

    I am trying to dial in my personal boat and having a tough time deciding which pitch to go with. The boat is a 21 Paramount with a 300 XS and 1.62 gear ratio TM 1 lower unit. I have a 22 Bravo XS that runs 65 at 6100 RPMs, I also have ran it with a stock 23 Tempest that will turn 5800 at 67 MPH. The Tempest does not have near the mid range or bite as the XS and I would need to run the engine lower in order to use it. I love the overall feel of the Bravo, just need to figure out which pitch to go with.

    It seems that a 24 XS would turn the same as the 23 Tempest RPM wise, but this hull needs all the bow lift it can get, so I am debating whether to go with the 23.5 for the additional cup/lift, or a 25. My thinking is that with the 25 I could probably get more trim range and possibly go up with the motor slightly to gain the RPMs I need and extra speed I am looking for. However, I am leaning towards the 23.5 as a good all around option, but am concerned that I will still be in that 6000 RPM range given the extra lift/trim I will be gaining. The 25 I think would be more of a light load/top speed prop, which I do not run that way very often.

    One final dimension to this puzzle, the 300 will be coming off in lieu of a 250 Pro XS with a TM2 within the next few months, but my thought process says that with the 1.75 ratio, I should still be able to run the same prop as with the 300. Thanks in advance for the help, look forward to hearing your thoughts!

    1. Joey,
      For an all-around prop, I like your idea about the 23.5” pitch. However, but for top-end – I’m leaning toward the 24.5” pitch with engine speed coming in around 5750 rpm to 5800 rpm making 68 mph. Keep in mind, the Bravo I XS will perform better at an elevated transom height which is .75” to 1” higher than what is recommended for the Tempest. When the new engine hits the transom – start out with the 23″ Tempest to learn where you need to go next for pitch.

  19. I have an 07 Basscat Puma with a 2016 pro xs and a 26 fury turning 5900-6000 RPM at 3″ on jack plate. 75 tourney load and 77 light load. Would a Bravo 1xs improve my speed and or holes hot? If so which pitch?

    1. Lemaj,
      The Fury is your best top speed prop. Hole shot could improve with the 27″ pitch Bravo I XS but your speed will drop 2 – 3 mph.

  20. I have a 23′ explorer tv bay boat with a Mercury 250 xs pro tm. I have a 23 bravo prop. At wot I am at 45mph and 4800 rpm. What prop do I need to take full advatange of my motor?

    Thank you

    1. Tim,
      Check to make sure the throttle is advancing all the way to WOT. Also, check engine height. The bottom of the cavitation plate can be 1″ to 1.5″ above the bottom of the boat. If that’s all good then a pitch change is required and you may be looking at a 17″ pitch prop. See your local Mercury dealer for prop support.

  21. Scott, I have a larson 2020fx on order with a 250 Verado Pro and a Merc Kicker. I was wondering on what prop choice would work good on this rig. The Larson fx hull is heavier (2550 lb advertised dry weight w/o engine) than other 20′ boats and the dealer will be installing a SS prop but was looking for advice on which one you would recommend to have them install.

    Thanks again

    1. Darren,
      In 2013, Mercury and Larson reached 51.9 mph at 6100 rpm running a 21″ pitch Enertia on a FX 2020 DC. The engine was mounted in the 3 bolt hole but I don’t know what that gives us for true engine height. I would think this boat would run great with a 20″ pitch Bravo I FS. However, to maximize performance, the engine height would have to be looked at. Ideally, the cavitation plate should be 2.25″ to 2.75″ above boat bottom.

  22. I own a 2100 Gambler with a stock 2010 250XS and was turning 6000 rpm at 82-83 with a 28 Bravo I with 4 holes wide open and some of the flare cut off. I am upgrading motor to a DBR modded 300XS putting out close to 350 hp and 370 ft/lb peak tourque peak HP at 6400 rpm I will still have the 1.75 gears but a nose coned LU for safety reasons. So plus 70-90 hp and need extra 400 rpm What would you Suggest

    1. Charles,
      With the new set up, the calculations come in at 92 – 94 mph running a 30″ pitch propeller. I’m assuming you’ll be raising the engine. In addition to the 30″ or 31″ pitch Bravo I XS, consider the Pro Max 4 blade.

  23. Hello Scott,

    Looking for big/ruff water prop for stratos 294 with merc 200 pro xs and 6″ jack plate.Currently run 26 tempest plus 2 3/4″ prop to pad.Heavy load.5600(tach) rpm.69 mph gps.

    Would a bravo xs be top choice?What pitch.

    Thanks Bill

    1. Bill,
      Yes it’s the perfect prop for your set up. Consider the 26.5″ pitch Bravo I XS. The engine speed should increase to 5675 – 5700 rpm. The jack plate will allow you to find the sweet spot. By maximizing the 4 blade’s performance; you may see additional 50 to 100 rpm by raising the engine .25 to .5″. Enjoy.

  24. Hi Scott,
    I’ve been running the older (4 hole) design bravo xs in 24 pitch on a nitro 929 with a 225 optimax. I love this prop but I can’t help but tinker some more. I’m hitting 58 mph at 5300 rpm on this prop. I’m usually using my boat at elevation of 3600 or higher so I know I’m losing some hp.
    My question is what kind of results can I expect to see by switching to either the 22 or 22.5 pitch. I know I’ll get better hole shot but will it speed me up by getting more rpm and closer to the 5750 max rpm or slow me down with the lower pitch.

    1. Ty,
      I’m the same way, always tinkering. Stay with what you have. By decreasing pitch – your rpm will rise but the end result will be a reduction in speed.

  25. Scott,
    I run a 2003 Champion 196 DC with 2003 Evinrude 200 FICHT with Trophy Plus 25p. Was running 64 mph gps turning around 5600 rpm.
    Hole shot was good but then installed 2- 12 ft Talons and now have problems getting up on plane, especially with full live wells. Have read that Bravo 1 SX has better hole shot than Trophy Plus. Have also read that typically, need to go up one inch going from Trophy Plus to Bravo 1 SX. Based on this info, should I go with Bravo 1 XS in 24.5 pitch to get improved hole shot and RPM’s up around 5900 RPM’s?

    1. Mark,
      Good idea with the 24.5″ pitch Bravo I XS. It should get you to 5800+ rpm. Be sure to dial-in the engine height. The Trophy is only 13.75″ diameter (typically .75″ increase).

  26. Hi Scott,
    I’ve got a Nitro 288 Fish/Ski with a 225 Opti Pro XS. Currently running a 24P Trophy 68 mph at 5650 rpm, about 3.5″ below pad. This is with 2 persons and tournament load, full tank fuel. I’m wanting to try a Bravo 1 XS, but can’t decide whether to go up or down in pitch from what I have now….can you help with a recommendation?
    Thank you!

  27. Just got a 27.5p bravo 1xs going on a 250pro xs on a 2013 z8. Prop came with 4 partial plugs how are they recommended to be placed for a starting point, and what is recommended for height. Bout 2.5 below pad or closer to 3″? Thanks y’all. Currently running a 26p fury

    1. Jake,
      Leave all the front PVS holes open and start with 2 solid fittings in the back. The XS usually runs .75” to 1” above the 3 blade setting.

  28. Scott,

    I have a 2014 Z8 250 ProXs 2 8′ blades and I’m running a Fury 26, 5700 RPM at 66-67 MPH. I have run a tempest 26 and had same results. What would be best prop?

    1. Keelan,
      Most guys switch over to the Bravo I XS in 27” pitch along with increasing the engine height which is typically .75” above the 3-blade setting with a goal of hitting 70 mph.

  29. Scott,
    I have a 22′ pathfinder Bay boat with a 2016 250 pro xs and a 6″ jackplate. I tested a original bravo 1 24 pitch with a light load and got 61.5 mph at 5700 rpm’s. I normally run with 3 adults, looking at getting the most top end as possible. I then added 4 people and a coolerI full of drinks, I ran 5500 rpm’s at 58.6 mph. I want to get the bravo 1 xs what size should i get.
    Thank You,

    1. Danny,
      Run the 24.5” pitch XS. Adding people and gear reduces engine speed by 200 rpm. By running the 24.5” pitch, the rpm should increase to 5900 rpm with the light load.

  30. i have a 2014 Triton 21hp 250 pro xs two 10 foot power poles 10 in jack plate 26 tempest plus running 72 at 5800 rpm when live wells full tournament load in heat 67 mph what size brovo 1 xs would be best and could i pick up any speed thank you Clayton

    1. Clayton,
      The 27” pitch Bravo I XS will offer similar rpm to the 26” Tempest. You may gain a little rpm because of a change in engine height. The 3-blade props run better deep in the water while the 4 blades working better elevated. Typically, you want to run the 4-blades ¾” to 1” higher. Expect to see 3 mph back.

      1. thank you Scott i trust your judgment , but when i tell my buddy’s that i’m going to a 27in 4 blade prop they all say too much prop and it will drop out of sweet spot in the rpm’s can you please explain to me how i will have a better hole shot and run better on top end, sorry i’m not very educated on props . and what would be the difference between a 26 and 27 brovo 1xs

        1. Clayton,
          If you want to match the 26” Tempest the 27″ pitch XS is the pitch to run. If the engine drops rpm in the heat of the summer the 26″ pitch might be the way to go. Using your 5800-rpm information expect the 26” pitch XS to muster 150 rpm over the 27″ pitch – bringing rpm up to 5950. Those that haven’t experienced the Bravo I XS don’t realize the design allows for the move up in pitch. Keep in mind – you’ll typically run the engine .75″ higher than the 3 -blade height, which also generates added rpm.

          1. thank you Scott, i just ordered a new 27 1 xs for my 21hp can you give me a starting point for venting the pvs thanks again

          2. Clayton,
            Run with all the vent holes open then install two large hole opposite each other toward the middle of the propeller and see what planing change is made and continue until you get the right recipe.

  31. Scott
    I just purchased a new 2017 Triton 20trx with 8 ft. poles. I am looking for recommendations on which prop to start with?
    I am thinking a 26.5 bravo 1xs or a fury not sure on pitch of the fury or fury4.
    Can you give me any advice on which props I should try and what to expect from them?
    Of course I want the best of both worlds hole shot I can live with and the best top end I can achieve.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks for your feedback .. Gray Smith

    1. Gray,
      For the best top speed, it’s going to be the Fury 3 blade. The Bravo I XS and Fury 4 may have a quicker hole shot but you’ll give up 3 mph on the top.

  32. I have 2013 Stratos 210 Elite with Merc. 300XS with a 26Pitch merc. 3 blade prop. Has a Atlas 10 Hydraulic jack plate. First time in the boat yesterday and was running at 5000-5200 RPM;s at about 60-63 MPH and each time the boat started chine walking. the boat was empty with mysefl and brother in the boat at 240 LBS each and full tank of gas. Is this something I will have to learn to drive thru or does the boat need to be loaded up in the front lockers or is it a prop problem? I’ve owned champions for 30 years and never had this happen before. Your Recommendation please.

    1. Tony,
      Read up on chine walking. There are several good articles on-line. Monitor how your boat reacts by moving weight forward. The weight should lower the bow – creating additional wetted boat surface. The props can affect how the boat rides or angles through the water. The 3-blade typically offers more bow lift – increasing the running angle. A 4 blade like the Bravo I XS, with its short exhaust tube, offers bow and stern lift which means this prop lifts the complete boat out of the water. Wish you well learning to drive your boat.

  33. 2006 Kenner vision 2103
    2006 verado 150
    Trim tabs
    Hydraulic jack plate
    lazer ll 21p 48-16546
    5800 rpm
    39 mph
    Cruise at 30 mph at 4800 rpm and 9gph

    Was wondering what prop you would recommend for more speed (if possible)
    Seems like from 5200-5800 I have no more power and no top end
    Hole shot seems to be fine for me!!!

    1. Dustin,
      Checking over your numbers; 5800 @ 39 MPH with 21” pitch Laser II is offering poor performance. I’m thinking you rig should hit 45+ MPH. Consider running the 19” pitch Tempest or get the benefits of the 4-blade Bravo I FS with a 20” pitch.

  34. Hi Scott,

    I recently ordered a Triton 206 Fishunter with a 250 Pro XS and wanted to see which prop you would recommend for this boat? It’ll have a 6″ hydraulic jackplate on it and comes with 23p Tempest for the standard prop.



    1. Mike,
      Move up one inch of pitch from the 23” to the 24” pitch Bravo I XS. The rpm should match. If you find the 23” offers too much rpm then consider the 24.5” pitch (it will drop 75 rpm). The jack plate with the 4 blade Bravo will make a huge difference in performance. Enjoy.

      1. Went with the bravo 1 fs 20 like you recommend!!!!
        What a HUGE difference!!
        6100 rpm
        Cruise at 30 mph at 4000 rpm and 6 gph
        Prop will pay for itself in no time with the fuel savings!!!
        Thanks again!!!

        1. Dustin,
          I’m glad to see your performance numbers improve so much with the Bravo I FS. That’s what makes my job so rewarding.
          All the best.

  35. suncruiser tahiti 224 deck boat with 07 175 optimax on it!!!
    mercury 832830A45p19 prop
    no jack plate
    5700 max rpm
    39 mph
    what prop would you recommend for this set up???

    1. Aidan,
      The 19” pitch prop appears to be slipping or not hooking up very well. If the slip is not caused by damage, consider switching to the Spitfire 4 blade aluminum propeller. It’s hard to say which pitch. Hopefully, you have a Mercury dealer that can help prop the boat. See if they have a 17” or 19” pitch Spitfire for you to start with. If you’re interested in a steel propeller then consider the 3 blade Enertia, somewhere in that 18” pitch range.

  36. Hi Scott,

    this is my set up…..
    2010 Triton 20XS
    2010 Merc 250 Proxs
    26p Fury 3
    5950RMP – 68-69 fully loadaed, 72-73 light load

    I’m looking for a 4 blade prop that will carry the heavy tournament boat better. The fury 3 is great when lightly loaded but falls off when fully loaded. I fish a lot of great lakes, so I think the 4 blade will benefit me there as well. Should I go with the Bravo 1XS or Fury 4? and what pitch for either of these two?

    Thx in advance!


    1. Pete,
      That’s a difficult one. In the past, I would say move to the 28” pitch Bravo I XS and raise the engine ¾” to 1” higher when compared with the Fury for hole shot. If you required enhanced engine speed, the 27” Bravo I XS would offer an additional 150 RPM. Today’s 21 TRX with the 250 Pro XS prefers the Fury 4. However, the boat is larger and the engine is not as robust as your 2010 motor. I’ll point you toward the XS.

  37. I have a 2010z8 with a 250 pro xs running a 26 fury at around 5900rpm ,hole shot is horrible with two people and tournament loaded ,what bravo 1xs would u recommend

    1. Hoyt,
      A number of Nitro boats are running the Bravo I XS. Most of the guys moved up 2” of pitch to a 28″ achieving similar rpm as the 26” pitch Fury. Keep in mind the Bravo I is a big diameter prop. Test raising the jack plate up at least ¾” to maybe 1” higher; especially during planing. Too many times the engine is buried during planing – making for a sluggish hole shot. Enjoy.

  38. I have a 99 tr21 with a yamaha 250HPDI and a 28 Bravo 1xs. Currently I have all pvs holes open and I am experiencing extreme blow out. What pvs setup do you recommend?

    1. Anthony,
      Your engine doesn’t require much venting during planing, install the solid fittings in all 4 holes toward the back of the prop, front is nearest to the gearcase. The taller the pitch typically the greater the venting required for a good hole shot so it’s a balancing process, you may need to add two large hole vent fittings in the front opposite each other. Testing will tell.

  39. After adding 2 12′ Talons, my holeshot suffered badly with a Trophy Plus 25P. at 3 1/2 below pad. (225 EFI) Since adding the Bravo 1xs, the holeshot is better, but the prop takes much longer to spool up, and still sluggish getting the bow to fall over. I am trying to dial in correct PVS set up with a 25P Bravo 1XS. I see posts that suggest plugging 2 rear holes (solid PVS I imagine) for starters. I still am unsure if the rear is closest to the gear case or closest to the barrel end.

    1. Jerry,
      The PVS holes are designed to ventilate the propeller by allowing exhaust to blow out the holes into the propeller blades, making it easier to spin the prop through aerated water. And your comment about the prop being sluggish to plane, consider raising the engine .25 then .5 inches testing to see if that frees up the propeller during planing. If too much exhaust is causing blow out during planing then restrict the amount of exhaust by installing (2) solid PVS fittings toward the rear (away from the labyrinth seal – the front of the prop is the step-down that marries into the gearcase).

  40. 2012 z 9. 250 pro xs. Sportsmaster gear case.

    What prop is best for me.
    I have a 26p tempest plus.
    5300 rpms. I cant get over 65 mph for anything….

    1. John,
      I’m surprised you can only hit 5300, the engine rpm needs to increase because the motors range is 5500 to 6000. Consider the 25” pitch XS; test raising the engine over the current 3-blade height, maybe .75” to 1”.

  41. Hi Scott I have a 2017 Bass Cat Puma FTD 20 foot with a Yamaha SHO 250. I have a SHO prop pitch 25 and the boat runs great and gets up out of the hole when empty but with full live-wells and two guys in it the boat struggles badly to get up and something needs to be done about it. Also worth mentioning it seems the motor has a lack of RPM,s when it is loaded down and trying to get up. Bass Cat also set the jack plate all the way to the bottom could it also be a set up issue. I am considering changing to a four blade Bravo XS what is your recommendation. Most bodies of water I fish have speed restrictions so top end is not as important as hole shot. THX

    1. Ken,
      Consider the 25” pitch Bravo I FS; FS has (4) vent holes which is plenty of venting for your motor. Check motor height during planing, many people think to bury the motor which isn’t the right thing to do.

  42. Hey Scott I’m running a 300xs on a ranger 620
    I’m looking at gaining some top end speed. Right now I’m running a 2011 23 pitch bravo 1 Xs at 6100 rpm and 60mph empty boat. You think I could go up to a 25 pitch or 24 pitch bravo xs and what speed will I see

  43. Scott-
    Running a 2016 Basscat Margay with a 150 four stroke. Have tried multiple props without much luck to get good holeshot and also top end speed/ 5800rpm on motor. Tested with 2 guys, empty livewells: 24p 3 blade fury 55mph @4900rpm; 23p A45 Tempest 56mph @5100rpm; 24p 4 blade fury 51mph @4850rpm (Might have been able to hit a little bit more speed/rpm but rougher water). The 4 blade fury was great handling where both 3 blades caused chine walk once in a while and also once in a while feels like the rear end slips. Looking at the bravo 1 xs to give me the great handling i found with the fury 4 and get my rpms where they should be and hopefully better top end speed. What pitch would you reccomend?

    1. Jared,
      Consider the Bravo I FS in 24 pitch. The XS has added vent holes for a two stroke, which you do not need. If you are running a jackplate or have the availability to move your motor, you can raise it 3/4 of an inch or one bolt hole on the motor to increase your RPM and get the most out of the Bravo.

  44. I have a Bullet 20xd with 225 pro max (new powerhead). Have been running a 26 Trophy because of holeshot and handling. Also have 25 Tempest that turns 6500 at 84mph. Sportmaster 1.87 gear case. Looking for a new prop for my 18 year old boat. Would Pro max or Bravo 1 xs offer improved handling and holeshot without giving up too much top end speed?

    1. Doug,
      These are the next two props of choice. The Bravo I XS is a work horse with great hole shot, awesome mid-range and decent top speed. Plan for the 26.5” or 27” pitch. Others prefer the Pro Max. The hole shot can suffer if the boat is equipped with Power poles. Look at the 25.5” pitch.

        1. Doug,
          Yes the Pro Max is designed for the Sport Master gearcase. The blades are more robust than most propellers and it’s produced with our tough X7 alloy.

  45. I have a 2017 Nitro Z21 with a 2009 Pro XS 250. Currently running 70.7 to 71.4 mph at 5680 to 5740 rpms with a 25 tempest plus on an Atlas jack plate. That is with one person at 200 lbs empty live wells and 20 gallons of fuel. The boat is rather heavy with most all tackle in the back of the boat along with 4 31 group agm batteries, dual 12 talons, minn kota ultrex and the atlas jack plate. The tempest feels like it is not carrying the load because at full RPMs the bow of the boat bounces up and down while running amd changing the height does not seem to effect the bouncing. Hole shot is good no matter the load.

    What prop and pitch would you recommend for this setup ? Bravo, fury 4, send the tempest to get worked?

    1. Robert,
      Those are impressive top speeds with the Tempest; one of the best props for the light load – go fast guys. Most of the guys with the Verados are using the Bravo I LT. The added length of the LT barrel helps support the Verado weight. Running the Pro XS, consider the Bravo I XS with its shorter barrel. Install the solid PVS fittings in (2) rear holes opposite each other. You may have to adjust the venting but this is a good starting point. The shorter barrel offers some stern lift along with bow lift. The stern lift isn’t as much as with the LT. It should be just the right amount for your rig. If you ran a 26” pitch it should achieve similar rpm to the 25” Tempest. Keep in mind, you’ll want to raise the engine above the 3-blade height; maybe an inch. If you want to gain 150 rpm, step down to the 25” pitch. This will help hole shot. However, it may lower the top speed but it will probably be faster than when the boat is loaded with the 25P Tempest.
      Have fun.

  46. Hello Scott, I have a Donzi 22 clasic with outboard 300 optimax XS with sportmaster 1.62 I run a Fury 24 to 6000 rpm at 73 mph. Would you recommend Bravo XS? would it gain mph? . Thank you

    1. Miguel,
      There is a good chance the 26” Bravo I XS would increase your top-end speed by up to 2 mph. The Fury props run tall in pitch. To equal the rpm at WOT – move up to the 26” pitch XS. The 4-blade prop will also give you the opportunity to raise the engine .75”. This will reduce drag.

  47. Scott,
    I have a 21 card bullet with a 300 xs optima. Currently using a trophy 26. The boat has been great but I added 2 10 foot power poles to it. Now with an empty livewell it comes out of hole sluggish. With live well full partner has to set on front deck to het on plane. Top speed mot a concern l won’t run it as fast as it will go usually run around 70 mph at 5100

    1. Gary,
      Wind resistance from the poles can slow the boat 2-3 mph. The added weight in the back also affects performance. For similar rpm as the 26” Trophy, run the 27” pitch Bravo I XS. but If you’re more interested in hole shot, step down to the 25” pitch. It will offer tremendous hole shot and throttle response. You will need to be aware of the engine rpm. Every 2-inch change in pitch will result in a 300 rpm gain. In addition, the Bravo I XS’s larger exhaust barrel offers added stern lift; helping your situation.

  48. Scott:
    I have a 2017 Phoenix 920XP w/ 2015 250 PRO XS w/25P Fury running 75.6 at 5950 rpm. The hull weight is 1850# and 20’6″ total length. Am i to assume from your previous comments on similar boats powered same ,that a Bravo 1 XS 27″ will give me same speed and rpms with better holeshot and handling? Or do you have a different opinion for this set up?

    1. Tim,
      Most guys are running the Fury prop on the Phoenix. You may get better hole shot but with your hull/engine/prop combination, the top speed prop is the Fury.

  49. I recently purchased a 2011 skeeter fx20 with a 250hp sho turning a Yamaha 24pitch t2 at 6000-6001 rpms at 72-74mph depending on load.My partner has 201 champion with a e-tec 250ho turning a 29 pitch brovo xs I tried his prop dropped rpm to 5400 at 73mph gps what pitch should I go to 26 or 26.5 or 27.Thanks

    1. Al,
      The 26″ should offer at least 5900 rpm. It could possibly offer more as the motor creates more power at the upper RPM range.

      1. I didn’t mention i’m running a manual jackplate with 12in setback it’s up about 3in would you raise it more or just play with it to see where it runs the best.

  50. Scott,

    I’m running a 2018 PHX921, with a Verado 250 Pro, running a Fury 4 24p currently, 6″ Atlas, twin 10’PP, 4 grp 31 x2power batteries, and full live wells with 2 people.

    WOT I see 70ish +- 1or2 mph. RPMs currently are in the 6350 range.

    Hole Shot is 6 out of 10 in my opinion.

    The chine walk is tolerate, but evident at 69mph and that’s at full trim of 10. The trim is useless until you get to at least 6 setting on the Mercury Smartcraft gauge. I think the boat has too much Stern Lift? But I’m not sure. Really squirly on pad at wot.

    I like he Fury, but think the Bravo is a better prop for the Verado.

    Can you please recommend in your opinion the correct prop and pitch.

    1. Rob,
      With your Verado – I would look at the 26-inch pitch Bravo I FS. The Fury runs almost 2” taller in pitch when compared to the FS. With all the weight in the back the 4-blade should help lift the boat so it runs better on the pad. Enjoy.

  51. Hi scott. I have a 2017 nitro z20 250 pro as turning fury 3 at 5650 + -50 rpm. Loaded one person it runs just shy of 73 with a lot of chine walk, hard to control. Two people tournament load it drops to 67-68. Hole shots good , would a bravo 1 xs help the with chine walk and or improve speeds with two people. What pitch would you recommend. I am running hydraulic Jack plate and duel talons. Rpm are on analogue gauges.

    1. Gmc,
      The 4-blade can reduce some of the chine walk. The ride improves with the 4-blade. If you’re just reaching 5650 for WOT rpm, plan to run the same pitch in the Bravo I XS line. Running the same pitch will raise the rpm to maybe 5900. Glad you have a jack plate. Plan to raise it ¾” or higher.

  52. Scott, I’m currently running a 22 p bravo 1 xs on my 2016 Ranger 620fs with Mercury 250 pro xs. No jack plate. 9.9 kicker. Boat seems to jump on plain but I’m lacking in rpm and speed. Alone and empty live well I can get about 56 mph at 5650 rpm. Tournament load and full live well. I’m down to 54 mph and 5500 rpm. Would the Lt prop be a better choice? Or any other? What pitch size? Also my cav plate is 2.75 inches above hull. I like the 4 blade on this boat. It has the potential to preform great if I can get right pitch prop. Had a 21 tempest and boat preformed with worse results

    1. Stacy,
      Stick with the Bravo I FS. The 21″ pitch will offer another 150 RPM for an improved tournament load performance.

  53. Scott,
    I am running at Triton 19×3 with a 225 Mercury Optimax. Currently running a balanced and blueprinted 25p Tempest at about 2.5″ below pad at 5650 at 67mph. I really think there is more in this boat. I have 2 8′ PP Blades and 3 batteries. I have ran a 25p Fury in the past at 3″ below pad at 5600 but 65mph. Do you think I should try a Bravo XS and if so what pitch?

    1. Steve,
      There is a good chance the 26-inch pitch Bravo I XS would offer a touch more by lifting the entire boat versus just the bow like the 3-blades. The 4-blades offer increased stern lift to support the PP set up. Start at 2.5” below pad height, test .5” higher to see if you get improved performance.

  54. Scott,

    I’ve got a new nitro z20. I’ve got close 25 hrs on it. Twin 8 ft poles and run a moderate load. I’ve got two props a 25 fury3 and a 25 tempest. Both run about the same speed 68-69. The fury runs at 5400 rpm and the tempest at 5600 on the merc smartcraft gauges. Holeshot is ok but I can not get anymore speed or rpm out of it. Doesn’t seem to change much with a partner. Maybe 1mph loss. I looked into getting a fury either 24 fury 3 or a 24 fury 4 to try and get some more rpm and a little more speed. I’ve gone up and down on the jack plate and can’t seem to get anymore out of it. What are your thoughts?

    1. Dave,
      The 3-blade Fury seems to run the fastest on your Z20. Good idea regarding the 24” pitch. You should pick up 150 rpm. If you have hole shot issues, consider the 24.5” pitch Bravo I XS. That will offer a quick hole shot and take your rpm up to 5800 where the peak HP is realized. Be sure to experiment by raising the engine by 0.5″ to 1″.

  55. 2013 triton 21HP
    2012 merc 250 pro xs w/ torquemaster LU
    Seeing 72mph at about 5550rpm. looking for a few more RPM
    currently running a 26 fury which came with boat. will a 25 fury gain rpm and speed? what are your thoughts on a 26 tempest?

    1. Joe,
      The 25″ pitch should offer a better hole shot, increasing rpm to 5700 but it’s hard to call the top speed number, you could see 71.5 to 72.5 mph.

  56. Scott,

    I am running a 2015 Triton 19 TRX, 225 ProXS, one power pole, dual console and loaded heavy. Running 24 fury three blade at 5900rpms getting 68mph with excellent hole shot. Tried a 26 tempest and 26 trophy today. Tempest died after I added my partner and trophy did similar to fury but lost some hole shot. I can live with less Hole shot than the fury but would love to see 70-72mph. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

    1. Rich,
      I think the 24″ pitch Fury is it! A 25″ pitch Fury would drop rpm and offer the same speed. Only thing I can offer is get your hands on a 26″ pitch Bravo I XS. Plan to raise the engine to maximize the 4-blades’ performance. Fingers crossed for 70 mph.

  57. Scott
    I have 2001 Nitro 929 with a 225 Carb Merc on the back, I am currently running a 25 pitch Tempest and the hole shot is okay only 1 large PVS plug in. best I have seen is 70.4 mph, at about 5750 or 5800 RPMs. Raising the engine would be easy, got it on a 10 inch Atlas. What are your thoughts on bravo for this application? I would love to keep the speed at 70+ would a 26 pitch keep me there? Thanks for fielding all of the questions from all of us!

    1. Danny,
      Hitting 70 mph on a regular basis with the Tempest is going to be tough to beat. However, if your closer to 67-68 mph then I agree about running the 4-blade Bravo I XS. With the engine hitting maximum rpm with the 25” Tempest – consider the 26.5” pitch XS. The 4-blade runs better with the engine raised .75” or so (test to confirm height) over the Tempest height. It is at the elevated transom heights where you will realize the greater engine speed and WOT speeds.

  58. Hello Scott

    Thanks for taking the time to read this. I have a 2018 Phoenix 21 PHX with a 3 blade fury which I believe is 24 or 25 pitch. When the boat has nothing in it and about 15 gallons of fuel it runs about 69. Not sure I have ever reached WOT, highest R’s I have seen is 6130. When I load my tackle and another person I may see 65 and I might touch 6000 RPM.

    Boat has 2 8′ power pole blades, Verado 250 Pro, 3 blade fury (24 maybe but i think a 25 pitch) prop, Bobs hydraulic 6″ JP and 4 interstate group 31 batteries so there is a ton of weight in the back.

    if I raise the plate to try and emulate a shallow water takeoff, it blows out at anything around 4 inches or higher.

    Kind of torn between a 25″ 4 blade fury and a 26.5 Bravo 1 XS or FS. Seems like the verados really like the Bravo.

    Which prop are you leaning towards? Seems like I have a good bit of slip.

    Thank You

    1. Joe,
      The 4-blades were designed to help with heavy loads. If you try the 4-blade Fury go pitch for pitch. With the Bravo I FS, move up 2” of pitch. When comparing to the 24P Fury run the 26P B1FS. When comparing to the 25P Fury – go for the 27P B1FS. And with the FS you’ll typically raise the engine .75” to 1” over the 3-blade setting. Testing will tell you. I agree with you on your Bravo comment.

  59. Scott,

    I have a 2009 Ranger Z520 with a Mercury 250 ProXS. I recently had the new Wingmaster replace my old lower unit. My hydraulic trim was upgraded previously to the one with the blue cap and I was told it would be fine as long as I had the updated trim. Immediately upon running the new lower unit, my 26 P three blade fury was having a difficult time getting out of the hole. So, I ran my 25 Tempest which was blowing out without any PVS plugs. I added some PVS plugs and solved the blowing out, but I can only turn about 5650-5700 RPM and get 68 mph. I recently tried a 25P Fury 4 with a full tournament load. The hole shot was much better with the motor raised to 2.25 “ on my jack plate. I was able to get roughly the same RPM but only 64.7 mph. If I go to a Bravo 25.5 or 26 P will that increase my rpms and top end? Ever since I got the Wingmaster I have not been able to run like I used to and I am struggling to dial it in, In addition to the full tournament load I have two 12ft Talons on the boat. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Bill Kunz
    Hanford CA

    1. Bill,
      You’re on the right track with the 26P Bravo I XS, and it should offer an additional 150 rpm over the 25P Fury bringing the engine up to the sweet spot for horsepower.

  60. Scott,

    Has anyone you know run the Bravo 1XS on the new Ranger 521L? These boats are slower than the C series so I was hoping a Bravo might help lift the boat a little more. I haven’t bought an L series yet and I’m looking for someone who has been able to dial in a 521L. Any info?

    Thanks, Bill

    1. Bill,
      Yes there are plenty of people running the Bravo line on these boats. With the boat being heavier and guys adding power poles, a four blade propeller becomes necessary to help generate lift, as you stated. Consider the Bravo XS if you are looking to buy a two stroke, and the Bravo FS if it is a four stroke.


  61. Hi.
    I have a 97 ranger 519 with a 97 Mercury 225 efi. I have been considering a bravo 1 xs. I recently just test ran a fury 4 24 pitch. Fully loaded full tank of gas and two of us in the boat. 150 lbs each person. Hole shot was pretty good I struggled to reach 5700 rpm. 3 1/2 inch prop to pad with a six inch jack plate. What would you recommend.

    1. Robert,
      Since the Bravo line tends to run a little light in pitch compared to the Fury, consider a 25 pitch Bravo XS. If you went with a 24 pitch Bravo, you could expect to gain as much as 300 rpm over the Fury. Run with the PVS fittings removed so that the vent holes are wide open for improved hole shot with your setup.


  62. Hey Scott
    I have a 2004 stratos pro so dual console, atlas hydraulic jack plate and a 2015 225 pro XS, looking into the bravo or fury and need help, we do run heavy on tournaments

    1. Ryan,
      Do you have some current data on your setup that we can use as a starting point? Such as what make and pitch prop is currently on the boat, rpm at WOT, top speed, etc. Both the Bravo and Fury are great props.


        1. Ryan,
          Thank you for the info. Consider the 26 pitch Bravo I FS. Since you have about 500 RPM left in your top-end range, this prop will give you 150 more RPM than the Tempest to start, then we recommend raising your engine in small increments, easily done with your hydraulic jack plate. By switching to a 4 blade prop, you will be able to run higher engine heights, increasing your RPM while keeping slip numbers low.


  63. I have 2019 Nitro Z18 withe the new 175 pro xs 4 stroke. I am running a 23 fury at 5800 RPM max at 63 MPH. My max RPM is 6000 RPM what would you recomend for max speed.

    1. Delbert,

      It sounds like your Fury is hooking up exceptionally well at 7-8% slip. I wouldn’t change a thing. Going down one inch of pitch to gain 150 rpm will not get you any more speed (better hole shot). Mercury Racing offers the Bravo FS for similar application, you would want to consider a 25 pitch.


  64. Hello Scott,
    I am needing a good starting point for my 1992 Ranger 451V with a 150 HP Mercury Black Max. It has a Para-lift hydraulic jack plate. It has a 25 pitch propeller that has no name on it. It is a 14-3/4″ diameter prop. I bought it used in August, and due to ignition problems was unable to run it at WOT this year. The previous owner dinged the prop and the hub slips. I want to carry 4 people plus gear. I need a starting point. I want to know if the Bravo I XS is a good choice, and what would be a good pitch? I was told a 22 pitch is a good pitch. The current propeller does 70 mph at WOT at 5,600 rpm, according to the previous owner.
    Thank you in advance,


    1. Michael,
      Wish you could provide actual numbers; the previous owners numbers don’t add up. The 150 Black Max had a 2.0 gear ratio and if interested in the Bravo I XS you’ll need a 25″ pitch for high-speed numbers and a 22″ pitch would be great if you were pulling kids on the tube but you’ll over rev the motor at WOT.

  65. Scott,
    I have a 2004 Nitro 929CDX DC with a 2006 Mercury Racing 250XS on a 10″ hydraulic jack plate at about 3.5″ bp moderately loaded running a 25 pitch Tempest plus at around 5750rpms at around 68mph. What prop would you recommend to get better performance out of my set up.

    1. Matthew,

      Consider the Bravo FS for your setup. By stepping up to four blades and a larger diameter, you will be able to utilize your hydraulic jack plate for higher engine heights, With a 25 pitch Bravo FS, you can expect to gain 150 RPM out of the box.


    1. Hi Scott,

      The Fury 3 blade propeller is traditionally the best performing option for your setup. The four stroke has a higher RPM range than the optimax, expect to be somewhere in the neighborhood of a 24 pitch.


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