Walleye Master

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The Pro Finish Bravo I LT propeller is designed specifically for higher horsepower, single engine outboard powered bay boats and multi-species hulls under heavy loads.

Greetings from the Minneapolis Boat Show! I’m working the show – representing Mercury Racing Propellers in the Mercury booth. I’m showing the Bravo I LT here – a prime market for Walleye Angling where the LT really shines. We recently expanded the LT pitch range with 19″ and 19.5″ pitch offerings.

We moved the engine up by two holes on the mounting plate for enhanced engine rpm.
We moved the engine up by two holes on the mounting plate for enhanced engine rpm.

A while back I wrote a post entitled, FS Miller where I reported performance results of our then new Bravo I FS propeller.   We tested the FS on Steve Miller’s 2014 Lund Pro-V 2075 featuring a 300 Verado Pro FourStroke. The goal was to dial-in Steve’s Lund for maximum performance.

The factory setting had the cavitation plate one inch above the bottom of the boat.
The factory setting had the cavitation plate one inch above the bottom of the boat.

By raising the engine a couple of holes from the factory setting, we found the best prop for Steve’s setup was the 21” pitch Bravo I FS. It was like a new boat. Planing, handling and top speeds were all enhanced. One thing to note: Steve’s rig did not have a kicker motor.

This past November we set out to test two new pitch offerings for the Bravo I LT. We used Steve’s new 2016 Lund Pro-V 2075 300 Verado Pro FourStroke. The engine was set at the same height as his 2014 Lund; The anti ventilation plate is 2.5” above boat bottom. The big difference with the 2016 Lund is the addition of a 9.9 h.p. ProKicker. The added weight of the 9.9 ProKicker did slow things down with planing and top speed compared to his 2014 rig.

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Planing performance, view of sight while planing, mid-range throttle response, handling in turns and top speed and engine rpm at wide open throttle were all measured.

The goal of the test was to verify the performance of the new 19” and 19.5” pitch LTs. Planing performance, view of sight while planing, mid-range throttle response, handling in turns and top speed and engine rpm at wide open throttle were all measured.

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We were amazed how well the 19.5″ Bravo I LT performed. It planed quicker, offered an enhanced throttle response, great handling and best top-end speed.

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When the water settled, we were amazed how well the 19.5″ Bravo I LT performed. It planed quicker, offered an enhanced throttle response, great handling and best top-end speed.  Needless to say, I didn’t get the 19.5” pitch Bravo I LT back after the test. 🙂

We are expanding the Bravo I LT line once again in the near future by adding 28″, 28.5″ and 29″ pitch offerings. These exciting new models will bring new life to heavier go fast bass rigs such as Bullet’s 21XRS with Mercury 250 ProXS power.

 

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  1. Hi, I have a 2016 Triton 216 with a 300 Mercury Pro Verado and a 9.9 mercury kicker. I am looking at buying a Bravo 1 LT but not sure of what pitch to go with. I currently run a 3 blade Tempest with a 22 pitch. I can get 56 mph at 6150 rpms. I can reach 6300 rpms but the prop starts to slip shortly after 6150. I know several other fisherman with the same set up as me that currently run the Bravo 1 FS in 22 and 23 pitch and they are getting 60 to 63 mph. What pitch should I go with on the Bravo 1 LT? I am kind of leaning towards the 23 but not sure. Thanks

    1. Brad,
      I’m not certain the LT is the way to go for the Triton hull. For example, the Bravo I FS is far better then the LT on the Triton 206 with 250 Pro Verado. The FS settles the stern, offering better boat control and top speed. The LT seems to lift the stern too much (even with the kicker). This lowers the bow, scrubbing boat control and speed; by as much as 1.5 mph! The Triton 216, even as large as it is, offers great top-end speeds. I can’t say without testing that the LT would be the prop of choice. If you were interested in lower speeds and not so much top speeds, then maybe the LT is the prop for your rig. If interested, consider the 22.5” pitch LT and let us know the outcome.
      Scott

    2. Scott. I’m a few days away from picking up my 2017 lund 1875 pro v bass xs, 200 hp verado, 6″ atlas hydraulic jack plate. Do you have a recommendation on the prop I should have the dealer put on ? Thanks

  2. Hi Scott,
    I have a Bass Cat Jaguar with a 350 Verado is the FS the prop of choice for the Verado, could I possibly use the Bravo OC it being lab bed and smaller diameter should let me use a taller pitch.
    Thanks,Mike

    1. Mike,
      I think the Bravo I FS would be the better of the two for planing. The Bravo I OC has a shorter barrel designed for twin Cat hulls. It also has an added tip cup so the rpm would be very close – pitch for pitch.
      Scott

  3. Scott,
    I have a 2013 1975 Pro V IFS/SE with a 225 Pro XS and 9.9 Pro kicker. Current set up is 21p Tempest plus, motor mounted 2″ above cavitation plate I am turning 5550-5600 rpm’s at 55 mph tournament loaded. What prop would you recommend? Looking for better overall performance.
    Doug

    1. Doug,
      Look at the Bravo I XS in 22” pitch and plan to raise your motor so the AV plate is at least 1.75” above boat bottom and as high as 2.5” above. The three blades run better deep in the water and the four blades work better a little higher.
      Scott

  4. I have the same boat running a rev 4 19p. Wot 5800 at 55 mph. Going to raise the motor up 2 holes to the second highest. Love the way the rev 4 runs in rough water but obviously thinking something else would be better. Does the bravo lt allow you to hold the bow down in rough water like the rev 4. Also, what would be best for cruising fuel economy out of the bravos or rev 4? Thank you

    1. Ben,
      The longer barrel with flare on the Bravo I LT can be used keep the bow down. The LT also allows for you to move up 2” of pitch achieving similar rpm; running the 21” pitch LT will offer better fuel economy at cruise.
      Scott

  5. Scott
    I run a 2015 Lund 202 Pro-v Gl with a 300 verado pro, 9.9 kicker and a rear mount vantage with Minn kota bow mount as well. Boat has an Enertia 19p. Im looking for better hole shot and handling. Im running 58 mph at 6150 right now. Would you recommend the Rev 4 or the Bravo FS?

    1. Kelly,
      Consider a 4″ jack plate, set the AV plate so it’s 3.25″ above boat bottom and run a 21″ pitch Bravo I LT. If you keep it as is the 17″ Rev 4 will give you better hole shot but the top speed will be much lower.
      Scott

  6. Hi Scott,

    I just ordered a 18′ 2050 Ranger Reata with a 250 Verado Pro and 9.9 kicker. The boat will have a total of 4 batteries (3 front, 1 back). I was wondering if you could help me out with a prop recommendation? My boat isn’t here yet but by dealer told me that he would have ranger put any prop on that I would like so if you could help me out that would be great.

    Thanks,
    Sid

    1. Sid,
      The Reata owners I’ve worked with enjoy the Bravo I LT. For pitch, it’s between the 19.5″ and 20″; probably the 19.5″.
      Scott

        1. Sid,
          To get the greatest benefit out of the 4-blade, raise the engine one hole. If you are able to do that – then move up to the 22” pitch. If you keep the engine at the same height then look at the 21” pitch. Stepping down to the 19.5″ pitch might offer too much engine speed; by as much 200 rpm.
          Scott

          1. Scott,
            The props you were referencing above was the Bravo 1 LT 21 and 22 pitch correct?

            The boat came with the 21p tempest plus, we can swap it still. Would you suggest to do so with our set up?

          2. Sid,
            Yes the 21″ pitch LT if you keep the engine at the current height. If you raise the engine – move up to the 22″ pitch.
            Scott

          3. Scott,
            The 2018 Ranger Reata 2050ms has 5 batterys in it all located in the stern along with the kicker motor. I will usually be running the boat with 3 people(200#/person).
            I picked up the B1LT 22p. I am going to try it against the tempest plus 21p in the current mounting hole (2nd from bottom) and also with the motor raised one more hole to the 1st hole from the bottom which will be the highest engine mounting position on the boat. Ill try and report back what I find out.

            Thanks again.

  7. Scott..I just purchased a 2017 Lund Pro-V GL with 150hp helmet motor(basic 4 stroke). Lund redesigned the hull for 2017..what prop do you recommend? I am thinking that I would like a prop that would get my 2100 lb boat(dry weight) on plane quicker (hole shot).. would a 4 blade be too much prop? It has 3 batteries up front(and a bowmount 36v trolling motor) and one in the back. No kicker
    Thank you for thinking about my question..

    Guy K.

  8. Just purchased a Lund Impact 2025 with Verado Pro 200. No kicker just a talon on stern. Unit came with a Tempest 17 pitch. Not to concerned with top speed but do pull a tube or skier occasionally when not fishing. What 4 blade prop would work for me?

  9. Hi Scott,

    Currently running 2018 Lund 2075 Pro V Bass, 250 verado pro no jackplate, motor mounted in middle hole, 21 pitch tempest plus, 5 batteries (not lithium). Still in break in with medium load, 2 guys and empty wells it runs 61.5 mph at 6250 rpm. Has 1 or 2 mph left in it once motor loosens up and trim adjustment is fully tested. Top speed is my goal as I can sacrifice hole shot as it’s ridiculously good. Considering a Bravo 1 FS (24-26 pitch) over higher pitch tempest plus as the hull is deep v with small pad. Hull lift at speed is medium. Thanks a lot for your advice.

    Shaun

    1. Shaun,
      With the Bravo I FS, plan on the 24” pitch and to get the most out of the rig. Plan to raise your engine one more hole. The 4-blade runs better with the engine elevated. You’ll pick up a little rpm as well; hopefully in the 6150 rpm range.
      Scott

  10. Hi Scott,
    I just ordered a 2018 Lund 1875 IFS with a 200 Verado L6. Boat will have 2-15′ talons on the back along with 4 batteries total. I would like to run a Bravo prop on this boat. What would you suggest on pitch and motor height for this application?
    Thanks for the help!

    Dan

    1. Dan,
      Nice boat. Plan for the AV plate to be 2.25” to 2.75” above boat bottom which should be the fourth hole from the top. Most of the time, Lund – running a 3-blade – will mount the engine the second hole from the top. If we had some performance data (WOT rpm and GPS speed) I could get closer to the pitch but I’m leaning toward a 21” pitch Bravo I LT. The LT will help lift the entire boat – given the amount of weight with the L6 Verado, 300 pounds of batteries, full live-well, gas and Talon poles.
      Scott

      1. Hi Scott,
        I just got the boat on the water for break in for an hour.
        WOT was 6120@53.2 mph. Trim was at 7-8 before it would loose speed. Running a 20 pitch Bravo 1 FS. I have the motor in the fourth hole from the top. It seems to blow out a little bit on turns but not sure if that’s an issue at this point. On the prop slip calculator I’m coming up with around 15% slip.
        What are your thoughts?

        1. Scott,
          I did more on the water testing, I had a partner with me vs the first trip was by myself. I could get 52.6 mph @ 59950-6000 rpms.
          I could trim to approx 6.5 but then it seemed to slip, I would trim down again to 5 then back up again. It feels like to me the boat is bow heavy causing prop to slip some. In turns the prop blows some too.
          I had a 1/2 tank of fuel, 5 batteries, 2-15 Talons so I have plenty of weight. Your thoughts?

          1. Dan,
            Thanks for the data. Now I REALLY like the idea of the 19″ pitch Bravo I LT. Enjoy.
            Scott

        2. Dan,
          If you don’t have an issue planing the boat don’t change a thing. if you had an issue planing then I would consider the 19″ BI LT.
          Scott

  11. Scott, Just got a new Lund 2025 Impact with 200 L6 Verado. Talon on back, no kicker. Usually 3 people in boat, 3 batteries up front. Motor mounted second hole as lund recommends. Put a rev 4 17 pitch on it. Will I be ok on RPMS.

    1. Bob,
      The 17″ should offer quick planing and come close to hitting 6400 rpm; top of the recommended engine operating range.
      Scott

  12. Scott, I have a 2009 Lund 2075 Pro V with a 250 Verado 15 hp kicker, electric trolling motor front and rear. Have a three blade tempest 21 pitch. 7 Batteries full of gear. 5650 rpm at 52.5 mph. Need more help out of the hole.

    1. Kyle,
      We should get the rpm up on your engine. Consider the 19” pitch Bravo I LT with a target of achieving 6000 rpm at the current engine height. Next, look at the engine height. I suspect the AV plate is only a 1” above boat bottom. If your measurement is this low, raising the engine (2) holes or 1.5-inches will make a big performance difference. You will realize higher engine speeds (perhaps reaching 6200 rpm), enhanced hole shot, an improved ride quality and control, greater mid-range cruising efficiency and better top speed. Enjoy.
      Scott

      1. Thanks for your input. I’m going to install a manual jack plate that was taken off another guys 2075 and we have the 19 pitch Bravo LT. We will raise the motor and start fine tuning it in the next couple of weekends. Just the Bravo alone did increase rpm to 6730 at 50.5. Did improve the hole shot and ride by quite a bit.

  13. Scott,
    Love all the insight and knowledge your pouring out for people. I just purchased a new Kingfisher Warrior 1825 it’s a heavy gauged welded aluminum hull multi species boat. I put a 2018 Mercury 150 four-stroke on. Dry weight is 1,425# and the hull has a 12° deadrise. The dealer put on a 17″ Enertia prop and after break-in I can only get 5100 rpm with the vessel view at 47mph with a 3.8 second holeshot. I swapped it out and tried a 16″ Enertia which I got 5660 rpm and 44 mph. The AV plate is 3/4″ above the bottom of the boat. Is there a prop you would recommend to get the Rpm higher without losing top end speed and push the bow down when in rough water? I have plenty of holeshot it actually pushes you back in the seat! The boat does porpoise some when trimmed up but I think that is normal.
    Thanks so much!

    1. Mark,
      Thanks for listing your numbers and double checking the AV plate height at .75”. The recommended rpm range for the 150 FS is 5000 to 5800. Your comment of a rocket hole shot while achieving 5660 topping out at 44 mph is excellent. I don’t know how you can get any better, don’t change a thing.
      Scott

  14. HI Scott, my name is Jason. I have a 2017 Lund 202 ProV GL W/300 Verado. No Kicker. I’m currently running a Bravo LT 20″ and getting 6500 rpms and 55mph. This is after raising the motor to the last hole. Still only 1.5″ above the bottom of the boat. My original set up was a Enertia 19″ running 6300 rpms and 59-60 mph and about .5″ above the bottom of the boat. The hole shot has improved but not amazing. What are your thoughts. I would like of course to get the top speed up and still improve the hole shot a little more. Thanks for the help.

    1. Jason,
      The height seams off. Other 202s’ I’ve come across usually have the engine mounted in the middle or second hole from the bottom. The AV plate should be close to 2.25” to 2.5” above boat bottom. Consider lowering the engine one hole and test again. You will see how the prop hooks up better. You engine rpm should drop and speed should increase. If you have the time, lower the engine one more hole and test again. Pick which height you like the best. If you are generating 6300 to 6400 rpm, consider the 21” pitch LT. From what I hear, the 202 can be challenging to plane. The Lt can only do so much. Consider a small AV plate to help your planing.
      Scott

  15. Looking to run this prop on my 2012 Ranger 620 with 250 Pro XS. I have a 9.9 kicker and 4 batteries in the boat. When running with 3 guys and gear I see 57-58mph at 5330rpm wot. By myself I’ve seen up to 61mph at 5450rpm wot. Currently I’m running a tempest 23p with the motor mounted in the 3rd hole from bottom. Which pitch would I benefit from in the bravo 1 LT? Looking to gain a quicker holeshot and rough water handling. I do pull the kids on the tube in summer as well. Let me know your thoughts.
    Thanks,
    Jason K.

    1. Jason,
      The LT will be awesome for hole shot and especially water sports; holding the boat on plane at slower wake board speeds. I’m going to recommend going down in pitch to get the engine rpm up. This will offer more torque and horsepower for quicker planing. Stepping down in pitch to take care of the kids – especially wake boarding – will be so worth it. If you keep the engine at the same height and stepping down to the 21” pitch Bravo I LT, your engine speed should come up 350 to 450 rpm. Top speed will also come down; 56-57 under a heavy load and maybe 57 – 58 for a light load. If you look at raising your engine one hole (.75”) to the 4th hole the 3-blade won’t hook up as well. The 4-blade will shine and you can step up 1” of pitch to the 22” LT. The hole shot will still be great and top speed should improve to 58-59 mph under a heavy load 59 – 60 mph for the light load. Enjoy!
      Scott

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