Steve called me late last Fall to experience the boat first hand. I ‘m always up for an opportunity to get on the water. My first suggestion was to raise the engine height by two holes on the clamp bracket. The bottom of cavitation plate now measured 2-1/2″ from the bottom of the boat. With the same amount of fuel and same 21″ pitch Tempest Plus prop, the following results were realized.
- Engine rpm: 6175 to 6275
- Top speed: 61.1 mph
He knew the engine had more in it and could spin more rpm. I suggested he try our 21″ pitch Bravo I FS. For those of you who have been following our blogs, you know I normally suggest going up 1″ in pitch when switching from a standard prop such as the Tempest to the FS. For Steve, the 21″ would be adequate as he was more concerned about hole shot and acceleration than overall top-end speed. The results were spot on for Steve’s needs.
- 21″ Pitch Bravo I FS
- Fuel level – 3/4 full (46 gallons)
- Engine rpm: 6250 – 6325
- Top speed: 61.4 mph
“I really liked Scott’s idea regarding the Bravo I FS and once I tried it, I knew why. I now experience virtually zero bow lift when planing off with no line of sight loss. Mid-range acceleration and responsiveness is amazing. And because it lifts and holds the whole boat, from stern to bow, it allows me to trim in a bit to keep the bow down and pointed into the seas when it’s rough. The rough water ride at cruise is just that much smoother and more predictable,” Steve said.
“Great performance, predictable handling, and a smoother ride . . . that’s my trifecta when I’m setting my boat up, and this prop delivers,” Steve concluded.