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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288 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. Scott,

        On a 23 Pitch tempest plus RH with all holes plugged with medium size hole I’m turning 5890 @63mph from a new V6 225 Merc 4stroke. Not enough lift to get on pad good though. No jack plate. I just ordered a 24 pitch fury 4 and was inquiring about how many holes to plug and with what size vent plugs to use.


        1. Jason,

          I’m hoping your 225 has the power to pull that 24. The Furys run tall in pitch, I would think you’re going to be down near 5600 RPM with that prop. Start with all plugs closed and open two at a time on opposing sides until you find the optimal setting. Either 2 or 4 holes open total will probably be best.


    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.

    3. ’99 Gambler Intimidator 2000, ’98 Merc 150 EFI 2.5L 10″ Manual Jackplate. As the back of my hull has a concave amphetheater cutout in the center at the rear that raises water height out the back towards the prop, I’m not sure the usual pad to prop height ratio info appliesin the same porportions. As well, I’m not sure which surface is considered the pad, the bottom of the Vee, the tops of the side tunnels, or the top of the amphetheater, which extends out the back ten inches with the jackplate in the form of a skidplanner. Anyway, I used to get 62mph or 57-8 loaded with a damaged 4 blade power tech 24p @5400rpm .Holeshot was never any issue regardless of weight, fact there was no holeshot really, just pretty much took off on plane. I have gone to a 24 Fury 3 and I only get 5100 rpm 56mph. made no sense. So I tried 23P Tempest plus and get 4900 rpm. makes no sense, and with a second person and heavily load it has a hard time getting up now, all mentioned props got 3 holes wide open. The engine runs fine. I’m thinking I have water trapped inside the hull maybe and must be gaining weight, maybe noticing it didn’t used to seen so heavy to tow. Other than mechanical engine trouble is this the only thing that makes sense to you? I cannot figure rpms going down from a 24 fury to a 23 tempest though, swapped back and forth and it repeats. But if Ive got water in there theres no way to find out what prop i need til its removed somehow. Thanks for reading a long un edited post, I never met a Scott I did not like!

      1. Scott,

        I could understand your drop in rpm when switching to the Fury, they run very tall in pitch. For example, a 23 Fury will run about the same rpm as a 25 Bravo I. But I am also in agreement that you should have not dropped rpm when switching to the Tempest. You should have gained 300 rpm by dropping one pitch and switching from a Fury to a Tempest. And to address your first question, you should be taking your engine height measurement from the true boat bottom, not the cutout.


  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.


  66. Scott, I purchased a 2016 Triton 22TRX w/Merc 250 Pro XS, after years of running a TR-21 w/225 Pro XS. Used to going 70+ w/Fury 25p, on the TR-21, only 66-67mph on this new ride, same prop. I’ve run bass boats for 30+ yrs, and realize the size and weight of the 22′ is greater than the older boat, my best results are: 66-67mph, 5700rpm (higher if raised but lose water pressure and speed), 10″ hyd JP, heavy tournament load, 25″ Fury w/ one hole partially plugged (3/4 open), spins out all holes open. Hole shot is fine, varied w/ plug trials. From what I’ve researched, I’m leaning toward a 26.5″ Bravo 1XS. Your recommendation? Shouldn’t I see 70+ mph with this boat/motor?

    1. Joe,

      I think you are right on the money with considering a 26.5 pitch Bravo I XS. Expect to gain 50-75 rpm, and you should crack your 70 mph mark.


  67. Nick, I hope so, last week with my partner/tackle, I only got 60mph, 5650-5700rpm. I have never seen above 5700rpm, unless raised high enough to lose water pressure. Obviously the Fury can’t push the extra load, and all trials so far, are without livewell water. I ordered a 27″P Bravo 1 XS, if it’s a hair too much, I’ll have it turned to 26.5″P. I just hope I can function properly with extreme loads, in extreme water conditions, speed isn’t everything, perfect water conditions are easy, crawling an extreme load over 4′ roller waves on Rayburn and Toledo Bend, can be life threatening. Report pending on 27P…

    1. Joe,

      Let us know how it performs, rough water is where the Bravo I propellers really shine. The Bravo I XS and FS (FS for four stroke) are designed to improve the angle of attack for bass boats, using the optimal area of the hull to cut through waves for a much smoother ride.


  68. Well, found trim issues, which I new it had never been the same, two trips in a row. Replaced all associated parts, and lowered the motor height. Now, my hyd. jack-plate has full range of motion, and rpm’s were better, even with 3-blade prop, tested a 24P Fury and Tempest and touched 70mph. I sure hope the Bravo 27P isn’t too much. Once it gets rolling, should push it faster?

    1. Joe,

      Running a 27 pitch Bravo should only be about 150 rpm more than running a 24 Fury, more like stepping up one inch of pitch, rather than three. Glad you are getting it dialed in, take small steps and be safe.


  69. Ok guys, got the Bravo 1 XS 27P put on… my shop had lowered the motor mount, (on the jack-plate), from the 3rd hole, of 4, to the 1st, which centered the mount on the plate. It’s a 10″ setback w/ 5″-6″ travel (1-20 on gauge). 2 guys, 3/4 gas tank, take-off tilt down, JP on 10, slower hole-shot, 5640-5680 rpms, 67-68mph, added live wells, hole-shot better at 17-20 JP (all the way up), tilt down, 5600-5640rpms, water pressure 25.5-26.3psi, 65-66mph. Once all the way up w/ tilt and JP, had incredible mid-range power/ acceleration, top-end really didn’t suffer w/ extra weight (2-3mph), tremendous bite. Last runs alone, with/without live wells, obviously less gas, (1/2 tank or below), better hole-shots, 5660-5700rpms, 26.7+psi, 70.3mph, trimmed all the way up on both. Thought it was topped-out, still gaining, wanting more height, so had them put it back up to 3rd hole, (top hole showing over plate). No Partner, full 46 gal. tank, 20mph wind, still could take off w/ no slip, at 13-17 on gauge (above halfway), 5660-5700rpms, 24.7-25psi, 68.7-69.4mph, extremely squirrely, lose psi/ speed at 14 on gauge, (above that, lost a bunch), excessive roll side to side at idle turns, smoother at mid-range, not as powerful acceleration, and into the wind w/ tilt up, the front-end nearly came completely out of the water, just felt like I was in a high-chair, compared to the 3-blades run at same height. Also, lowering the JP below 13, also lowered the psi and speed. So, I’m going to try the 2nd hole, on mount, to see the difference of middle (1″ hole spaces). Right now, I preferred the lower setting with the JP all the way up, and the bite/ acceleration. I realize as I’m giving these results, and as I was doing it, that raising/ lowering motor height, should be similar to moving the JP up/down, however, it effected the psi/ speed. Is that because of attitude? I’ll try 1 more time before lowering the motor, to make sure, and the higher setting allowed me to find too high, on JP, where the lower setting was topped out, but performing. Still haven’t seen rpms over 5700 hardly, is 27P too much? Didn’t think .5″ would matter that much (26.5P). Sure did good, amazing difference in how the Bravo pushes/ lifts, compared to Tempest/ Fury 3 blades. Thank you for putting up with me,(long read).

    1. Joe,

      Glad to see you hit your 70 mph mark. Your 5700 rpm is right in line with our predictions, since we thought you’d be at 5750-5775 with the 26.5. As you can tell, the Bravo likes to be elevated higher than the Fury and carries weight much better. When you are riding alone and the handling is worse, it almost sounds like a balance issue to me, perhaps having your partner in the boat is helping to offset your weight. I don’t think stepping down in pitch will help your top end speed now since you are in the peak horsepower range for the motor.


  70. Also, in the rougher water, 3′-4′ rollers, I had it trimmed all the way down and down, on both, and was still bucking above the waves, wanting to get the whole boat lower in the water, no matter into or down wind… weird.

  71. That’s what I thought, the 27P is fine, really shows the power of the 250hp, once on plane. This Bravo prop is amazing, the characteristics really produce a completely different ride altogether, and I’ve been in boats since Glastron was big, over 30 yrs exp.. Really impressed that live wells full didn’t lower speed 1-2mph. I believe if I move the motor mount to the middle hole now, hoping to get between topped out on JPlate, power/ bite, in the lower setting, and too high, near spin-out, and reckless unsafe feeling, and less power/ bite. The 1″ moves make a difference, with this huge boat’s surface/ weight, even with the ability to move the Jplate, it was just different. Tournament Sun, will report then. Thank you, so much.

    1. Nick, I fished an Individual Tourney, Sun. 1/2 tank of gas, port livewell full, (motor mount still in top hole), jack-plate half-way, still at 5700rpm’s, 25.6psi, only 69.7mph. I have to lower the mount, back down to the middle hole, (I know the J-plate can be moved up/down), boat just seems to set better, with it lower, and seems to have better power when too low (1st setting).., plus I like having more room on bottom, for bad waves/wind. I guess I was hoping for 70+mph, but the Bravo is much better for this big boat.

      1. Nick, I’m not having any prop slip on hole-shot, with the Bravo 27, no holes plugged. Would there be any top-end improvement by using a certain type of plugs? (assorted plugs came with prop). I figured if it ain’t slippin’, that I didn’t need any.

  72. Ok, I’m running a 25p Fury 3 on a 2018 Phoenix 21PHX with Merc 250xs using a Bob’s Hydraulic 12″ plate. I once was able to get up into the low 70’s but one of my blades needs to be worked since getting bent. I wanted to know though which 4 blade prop I should go to for heavy/tournament loads. I was told that the Bravo I XS might be a better prop than the Fury 4 blade but wanted to get your input on that. And what would the pitch be on both? Bravo, you said to go up 2-3 pitches and maybe down 1 on the Fury 4 from the 3? Not sure if you knew what the best prop would be for this boat. Thanks in advance.

    1. Bryan,

      The 25 Fury really seems to be the prop of choice for the 21 Phoenix. The 27 Bravo XS may have slightly better hole shot but no real improvement on top end.


      1. Nick,
        I have a follow-up question to your reply. I too have a very similar 2018 Phoenix 21 PHX with 2018 Merc 250 Pro XS with Torque Master Gen II. I have a 25″ Fury 3 and a 25″ Fury 4. On the Fury 3-Blade without any PVS plugs in it – The best top end I can get is 73.0 MPH at 5,800 RPM with 1/4 tank of gas, empty live wells, tournament tackle load and just me (280 lbs). Hole shot is not great, but decent. On the Fury 4-Blade without any PVS plugs in it – The best top end I can get is 72.1 MPH at 5,800 RPM with 1/4 tank of gas, empty live wells, tournament tackle load and just me. Hole shot is great, even with a Co-angler and his tackle with full live wells and a full tank of gas. However, with that heavier load, top end drops to 68 MPH at 5,650 RPM. Are these my best prop choices? Should I have them modified by Mark Croxton or should I try a 26″ Bravo I XS? I’d like to get to 75 MPH Top End.

        1. Jim,

          For top end speed, I wouldn’t change a thing. At 73 mph, you are just a hair under 7% slip, which is awesome. The Phoenix hull really likes the Fury 3 blade for top end. The 26 pitch Bravo I XS would be a great all around prop for you, but similar results to what you are seeing with the Fury 4 blade. Great hole shot, it will carry your tournament loads very well, and top speed around 72 MPH at 5950 RPM.


          1. James,

            For using the calculator, because the Bravos run light in pitch, you have to use 12 to 15% slip. You are not going to gain any top end speed compared to the Fury but your hole shot should improve.


  73. Nick, after two days on the water, and by myself, less than a 1/4 tank of gas, at best performance I was turning 5600 rpm, 67mph, with calm water. Any higher, or lower, on jack plate, would lose rpm’s and speed. I didn’t even get to 68mph. The only time I’ve touched 70, is during windy conditions, down-wind, w/ 2′-3′ waves, (I assume wave height was lifting the boat clear), allowing it to gain speed. Into the wind, immediately slows down 2mph, lots of surface drag. I think I’ll raise the motor mount, so that the jack-plate is basically centered, on the gauge, at normal use. That should allow me to have 2.5″- 3″ both above and below center (mid point on gauge). I’ve ran it in every possible height, and changed the motor mount, up/ down, in three different holes (1″). I guess as impressive as the Bravo is… I was expecting 70mph, and maybe 5800 rpm’s. I don’t know what else to do.

    1. Joe,

      In an application like yours, picking up speed in rough water is pretty common, since it causes the boat to have less wetted surface, and less drag. Your Bravo I XS is going to be the best prop that we offer for the application.


  74. Hi Nick,
    My bravo 1 xs 26p just stress cracked. I have a BassCat cougar with a 250 pro XS
    If I went to a 25p what could I expect of my performance?

  75. Hi Scott, I have a 21′ paramount powerboat and im running a 2008 250 PRO XS with 7 hours on it. This is my first boat so im still learning how to drive it. I have a bobs machine hydraulic jackplate with a 14″ setback and the motor is a 20″ mid. The prop im running now is a 27 Fury and so far ive been able to reach a speed of 60mph on GPS. I want to run the Bravo 1 XS and was wondering what size prop and pitch would you recommend. Im running the new torque master gearcase off of the new 300R v8 engine.

    1. Ozzie,

      A 27 pitch sounds pretty high for your setup. What is your RPM at wide open throttle, and how much are you having to trim the engine to get there? If you are having to trim your engine out excessively on top end to get more RPM, it will cause a lot of slip and you will lose speed. You should see 65 mph+ with that setup.


      1. Nick,
        I believe my RPM was around the 5 – 5500 range when I achieved the 60 mph mark. I didn’t really notice because it was a 2-3 choppy day plus I had my wife and 3 girls on the boat so she made me throttle off once I got to 60. I don’t really get to trim it very much because I start to feel the slip. I was thinking that prop was too big plus its a 3 blade, its very hard for me to get on plane also.

        1. Ozzie,

          It will be hard to make a recommendation without knowing exact RPM and speed at WOT, 5000 to 5500 is a big jump. You will most likely end up in a 24-25 pitch for a Bravo I XS. You should pick up 5 mph and have much better hole shot.


  76. I am running a 2019 Z18 with 150 ProXS fourstroke with 6” jack plate mounted approx 2 1/2” below pad. Nitro outfitted this boat with a 23P Fury 3-Blade. I’m getting upwards of 6000-6100 rpm and barely pushing 55 MPH at upper limit (I believe this engine is designed for 5800-6000). Boattest.com shows they tested this same boat/motor set up with a Fury 4-Blade 25P, running WOT at 5770 rpm getting 60 MPH. Does that sound right?

    To getter faster top end and lower RPM, would you recommend a 25P 3-blade Fury, 24P 3-Blade Fury, or that 25P 4-blade Fury? I really feel like I’m not getting best overall performance at current.

    Thank You in advance!

    1. Tommy,

      Keep in mind that your current setup is probably offering you the quickest holeshot while maintaining a decent top speed. Once you start to step up in pitch, it will take you longer to plane. That being said, if you are looking to gain a couple mph, the 24 pitch Fury 4 should be the answer.


      1. Thanks Nick! I will keep the holeshot in mind. It just seems like I should be able to get better top end and still have a quick holeshot. Maybe bumping up to the Fury 4in 24P will be a good compromise.

  77. Currently running Fury 25p on a BassCat Jaguar/350verado wot rpm 6200 @ 79mph gps, once it passes 79 the prop looses grip and I drop to 74-75. Thinking of getting LT or a labbed bravo 1 which prop would you recommend?
    Thanks Mike

    1. Mike,

      That Fury is hooking up phenomenally well for you, I’m not sure you will be able to improve. The only propeller to try would be the 26 pitch Bravo I FS. The fourth blade and increased diameter could help you stay hooked up at top speed. Expect to gain 150 RPM.


  78. Just finished break in on my new 200 pro xs v8. 1.85 ratio. nitro205 fish ski.
    22 bravo hit 6200rpm on vessel view @63 mph. lots of lift , chine walk .no roost? 3.75 p2p
    tried a 24 trophy hit 66 mph at 5800rpm no roost. holeshot and mpgs worse.

    I want a larger bravo xs .. cant decide 24 or go heavy cupped and get 23.5 ? which way should I go?

    1. Ryan,

      The Bravo is hooking up very well for you. Is your 22 a Bravo I XS? With the V8, you can switch over to the Bravo I FS, you will not need the eight vent holes offered on the XS. Since the Trophy is staying hooked up on top end, I would think you could raise your engine up one hole on the transom for utilizing the extra diameter of the Bravo. Stick with the 23.5 pitch at your current engine height, or 24 pitch if you raise the engine. 6100 RPM will give you peak power on top end.

      If you have been running a stock Bravo I (non Mercury Racing) your pitch selection will change.


  79. I have a 2019 blazer bay 675 with a Suzuki 250 S.S. 4 stoke on it I was have a 14 1/2 x 24 4 blade Suzuki prop on it right now and I want to put a mercury bravo 1 fs 26 on it do you think this is the prop for this boat

    1. Aubrey,

      Does your engine have the 2.29 gear ratio? That will be the deciding factor on pitch. A 26 pitch with that gear ratio will land you in the mid 50 mph range. Do you have a jack plate? The Bravo I FS is going to be just over 15 inches in diameter and could possibly benefit from having a higher engine height than your current prop.


  80. Hi. I have a 2009 Ranger Z21 with 250 ProXs. It has a 25p Trophy Plus.

    Performance is ok with 2 filled plugs and 2 medium. Also have a blowout ring.

    I feel like I could use more bow lift. I also lose bite in rough water when trying to keep the bow up.

    I don’t go WOT much, but believe I am around 64 mph at 5900rpm with light load.

    Interested in going to a Bravo 1Xs or Fury 4. Boat control, hole shot, and staying hooked up are more important to me.

    1. Tim,

      Typically the Rangers run best with the Bravo I XS, consider the 26 pitch. If you really want a bow lifting prop, it is hard to beat the Tempest. But for rough water handling, hole shot, and staying hooked up, the Bravo is the way to go.


  81. I have a 2019 Ranger 620 with a V8 Pro XS and a 22 pitch Tempest which came on it from the factory. The motor is mounted on an 8” Atlas Jackplate and now has about 25 hours on it. The top RPM’s hover right around 5500 with a top speed of 57. I love the hole shot but top end is lagging. I spoke with other Ranger owners none which have jack plates and they are all getting 55-56 mph. All PVS holes are open. Any suggestions? 3 vs 4 Blade?

    My 2017 Ranger 620 with a Verado Pro 250 was on jack plate, was much heavier, suffered on hole shot but ran about 63mph at 5800-5900 RPMs. Both boats are identical. I ran the Bravo I LT 21 pitch as a comparison on the Verado.

    1. Tim,

      The Tempest is a great prop but with the jack plate you have the ability to utilize four blade props, such as the Bravo I FS. Consider the 22 pitch Bravo I FS, and raise the engine at least 3/4″ on top end.


  82. I have a 2017 triton 21trx with a 250 pro xs. I’m currently running 73mph with a 25 tempest at 5800rpms loaded In the summer heat. It is a dog out of the hole and slow on midrange till it hits 55mph which is when the hull finally lifts. I’m wanting to try a 4 blade fury but not sure if I need a 24 or 25 pitch. What pitch would you recommend? Is the 4 blade fury a good choice for my boat?

  83. Scott,

    I have a Gambler 209 with a 300xs. Rpms are from smartcraft and speed with gps. With a 29.5 bravo1xs I am turning 5600 rpms at 76 mph. Dropped to a 26p fury 3 (taking it to a prop shop for a friend cause it has a very small bend on one of the blades) I turned it 6k on the nose at 79mph. Bringing it in for service to check to make sure everything is firing right but given all is well where should I look next for a prop? 26 trophy? 27 bravo? Thanks in advance!

    1. Tyler,

      That Fury is hooked up so well I wouldn’t change a thing. 6.5% slip is awesome for that setup!


  84. Hi Scott,
    I just purchased a 2019 Z-20 Nitro with Mercury 4stroke 250 the motor came with an 3 blade 23 pitch fury with the motor at 4 in below pad top speed at 71.6 @ 6100 rpm tried 4 blade 24p fury top end at 68 at 5900rpm raised motor 1 in and put a 25p tempest plus and running 72.6gps with some blowout on hole shot would like to try a bravo but idk what pitch or model to get and where would the motor need to ride below pad any help would be greatly appreciated all speed is by myself and full wells 55 gal gas trying to keep everything constant to see changes if there are any

    1. Brandon,

      The original setup sounds spot on to me. 71.6 mph at 5 to 6% slip is phenomenal. It will be hard to beat that with a Bravo. If you want to try one, go with the 26 pitch Bravo I FS at the engine height you ran the Tempest to start.


  85. Hi Scott,
    I just purchased a new Z20 nitro with the new 4 stroke 250 the motor came with a fury 23p 3 blade can only get 71.6 GPS @6100rpm with the motor at 4in below pad and chime walking tried a 24p 4 blade fury same motor height 68.5 gps is the best I got with it 6000 rpm have a 25 p tempest on it now raised motor 1 in best top end 72.8 gps @6000rpm looking at a 26 p bravo 1 what changes should I make in motor height and is that too much pitch for that outboard?

    1. That’s with full wells and 55 gal gas trying to keep those constant so I can see differences if there are any

    2. Brandon,

      The original setup sounds spot on to me. 71.6 mph at 5 to 6% slip is phenomenal. It will be hard to beat that with a Bravo. If you want to try one, go with the 26 pitch Bravo I FS at the engine height you ran the Tempest to start.


        1. Brandon,

          If the Bravo came from Racing, there will be a stamping on the hub inside the barrel (next to where your prop nut is) “FS”, “LT”, “XS”, etc. The standard Mercury Bravo I does not come with vent holes, I suspect that you do have an FS.

          If you are satisfied with hole shot, then there is no need to open up the vent holes. On the new motors, most guys are keeping them plugged because the torque of the motor is more than enough for quick hole shot. Once on plane, the vent plugs make no difference.

          Move your engine up in quarter inch increments to avoid drastic changes. How is the chine walking with the Bravo compared to the Fury?


          1. Night and day difference will move up this weekend and see how it acts I’m really thinking about purchasing an atlas hyd Jack plate soon because I know I won’t ever get the performance I want unless I can get both a great hole shot and great top end last time out with bravo 1 wot 72.6 @ 5800 no chine walk but the nose was bouncing a little so I went down a quarter 68.9 @ 5600 and chine walks start at 67 this weekend going up 1/2 to 1/4 over the 1st run both days both live wells full and 55 gal gas

          2. Brandon,

            Sounds great, many guys swear by the hydraulic jack plates. Like you said, you can have awesome hole shot with the motor low and raise it up for optimal top end at the push of a button.


          3. Thanks for the info on the prop I’m new to getting one up correctly have always just assumed I had the best set up from factory and rolled with it …..always told you can’t catch one at 80 mph but I’d sure like to try sounds fun !!

  86. Well the boat ran 71.4 GPS @5800 rpm with the bravo 1 26p would I need to raise the Jack plate 1/2 in and try again?

  87. Running a 2018 Ranger z520c 2018 250 pro xs 2 stroke, depending on how hard I want to drive it about 2600 rpm wot. hydraulic jackplate height changes rpm and speed but chine walk comes into play so this info is for below that breaking point. using 25p fury, week hole shot heavy load with jp at high rpm height. Raising the jp then lowering it to prevent blowout during take off makes the hole shot acceptable but looking for improvement

    1. Clayton,

      What has been your best speed and at this RPM? The Bravo I XS is a great all around prop for the 520. Do you mean 5600 RPM, not 2600? Most guys are running the 26.5 pitch when switching the Bravo.


      1. typo for the “2600” …. If 26.5 improves hole shot… good enough for me. I think I have enough height adjustment to help compensate for rpm/speed at the top end and hope the 4 blade will reduce chine walk at the higher settings

        1. Clayton,

          26.5 pitch Bravo I XS sounds great to me. Let us know how it performs and if you have any other questions.


  88. I have a 2018 Phoenix 21 PHX with a 2018 Merc 250 Pro XS 2-Stroke on a 12″ Atlas Hydraulic Jackplate with twin 8′ Power Pole Blades. I’m currently using Fury Props. A 25″ Fury 3 turning 5,800 RPM and generating 74.2 MPH at 3-1/8″ below the Pad and a 25″ Fury 4 turning 5,850 RPM and generating 72.3 MPH at 2-7/8″ below the Pad. I’m planning to buy a 26″ Bravo I XS to try to atain a 75 MPH top end with equal hole shot to the Fury 4. Would this be my best choice?

    1. James,

      Your Phoenix is dialed in with the Fury, I wouldn’t change a thing. The Fury is the fastest prop for those hulls in most cases.


  89. please advise on best prop and pitch for a 2019 2080MS angler with a 250 Mercury Pro XS. I have only had this boat out 3 times and struggle to get 45-50 mph and 5400 RPM with the the stock Tempest 21P prop. I am running at 1700 to 3500 altitude so should get a little loss, but not this much.



    1. Don,

      Consider the 20 pitch Bravo I FS. Expect hole shot and handling to improve and a top speed of 51 to 52 mph. RPM will be about 5800.


  90. Nick,
    Just recently got a Bravo (pn: 8M0111148) and I’m having trouble getting top end out of it. I’ve got a 2014 Z-8 Nitro w/ 250proxs. I was running a 3 blade 25p Tempest between 5900-6100 rpm, around 71-74 mph depending on load and air temp. Have seen 77 in the winter. Just recently swapped to the bravo to lower my rpm but maintain speed. All I can get out of it, 66-67 @ 5850-5900 rpms. It’s got bow lift but not near as much as my tempest. I’ve tried coming up on my jackplate till I was around 6000rpms. Came up 1.250” in .250” increments Started to loose holeshot It’s got about 25psi water pressure at 6000. Motor is still plowing. I couldn’t get it to the point to were it would blow out so I could have an idea on where to go from there. I’ve tried every configuration of plugging the prop. Right now, I’ve came back down to see if I could get the lift the boat needs, I’m about 3/8 of and inch below where I run my tempest. It’s unplugged all the way around. Turning around 5900rpms, with about 15-18 psi water pressure, running 65-66 mph. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    1. Corey,

      Typically the Bravos like to be run higher than the Tempest, due to the larger diameter and fourth blade. Has the Tempest been modified? Perhaps added tip cup? Your 24.5 pitch Bravo I XS should run about 200 RPM higher than your 25 pitch Tempest.


  91. Hello Nick,

    I just bought a 2018 nitro Z18 with a 150 4 stroke. It came with a Tempest + 22 pitch and at wot the guage shows 59 to 6000 rpm. My top speed is 55mph (GPS) and it jumps on plane fast.
    I am tryin to achieve better top speed without sacrificing to much hole shot.
    Also considering a hydraulic jack 5.5 set back .
    Should I stay with the tempest and just go up a pitch?

    1. Jeff,

      Plugging your data into the slip calculator, the Tempest is hooking up phenomenally well for you, I wouldn’t change a thing. Your RPM is also right on the money at WOT.


  92. I have a 2018 Puma with 2018 2 stroke 250 Merc pro xs. 2 people full tourney load full tanks live well. When its cold water 70degrees below the boat comes on plane 15 to 20 yards top speed 78mph. Its 82 degree water the boat wont plane without weight on the bow. Running a Fury 26. Was considering the Bravo 1 XS. Would you recommend that prop? If so what pitch? Or would you recommend another prop? Thank you

    1. Rick,

      What are you seeing for RPM at wide open throttle? The Bravo I XS will help with hole shot and handling but the Fury will be hard to beat on top end.


  93. Hi Nick,
    I could use your advice on a rather challenging application. My fishing partner and I have identical boats, both new Phoenix 20PHX’s with Mercury 250 Pro XS V8s. With a 24 pitch Fury 3-blade we run 75 mph at 6150 rpm. A 24 pitch Fury 4-blade gives us 72.5 at 6100. This is at at 890′ in elevation (Kansas) and cool temps. However, we are from Colorado and typically operate at 6000′ or higher in elevation. Not only are the engines underpowered here, the low air density doesn’t support the hull as well. The bottom line, it can be difficult getting enough lift to where we are fully up on the pad. If they made one, I would likely be running a 23 Fury 4. I’ve tried an older 24 Bravo 1, but could only get 65 mph at 5650 (11% slip). A 24 Fury 3 gives me 68 at 5500 (5%), 23 Fury 3 gives me 68.2 at 5790 (5%). Now comes the interesting part, we both run 22 Fury 3 blades (PN48-8M8023090). One prop runs 68.4 at 6050 (5%), the other only runs 64.5 at 6000 (10%). The slower prop just doesn’t give the lift needed and the slip is excessive. I’m thinking of going with a 23 or 24 pitch Bravo 1 XS, but I’m hesitant given my experience with the older Bravo. Your thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Dave,

      Consider the Bravo I FS in 23 pitch. You could expect 6100 RPM at elevation. The standard Bravo will run less RPM and provide less bow lift than the Bravo FS. When calculating slip with the Fury, it can be helpful to plug in one inch taller in pitch to get a more realistic number. The Fury runs tall in pitch and the Bravo runs light in pitch. To your point on the discrepancy in speed between the two Fury’s, this is something we take pride in fixing at Racing. The price tag is higher because of the extra time we put into the Pro Finish but RPM and speed will always be consistent.


      1. Thanks, Nick. Can you explain why you lean toward the Bravo FS over the Bravo XS? Also, I would like to discuss with you some options regarding the pro finish route. Is it possible to visit by phone?

        1. Dave,

          The XS and the FS are the same props, the XS just has the eight vent holes as opposed to four. The new V8s really don’t need all that venting, the eight holes are designed for two strokes that have much lower torque. Additionally, both props come standard with the Pro Finish. Happy to talk on the phone any time, call Mercury Racing at 920-929-5330 and ask for Nick.


  94. Dear Mercury Racing,

    I really need some help. I have a 2017 V-19 Targa (by Tracker) with a ProXS 225 optiMax (2 stroke) running a Tempest 19” pitch prop. When on plane and cruising around 45, when I turn right the boat slips but turning left the boat is solid at faster speeds it gets worse! It’s been like that since I bought it and the dealer was no help, I had them lower the motor one hole, It didn’t help much. I would like to go to a 4 bladed prop, but I’m not sure which Bravo 1 series I should use. Currently my baseline numbers; WOT RPM 5870, at 53.7 MPH, with a Tempest plus 3 blade 19” pitch. My question is, the Bravo 1 XS starts at 22” pitch and I’m worried my motor isn’t able to turn the higher pitch? The Bravo 1 FS starts at 19” pitch, can I run the FS on a 2-stroke with a 20” pitch?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    1. George,

      Thanks for calling in. Consider the 20 pitch FS. You will have the ability to raise your engine back up due to the larger diameter and fourth blade. Expect similar RPM at WOT with improved handling. If you are lacking in hole shot, we can add the 4 extra vent holes after the fact.


      1. Nick,

        I really appreciate you taking the time to call me back; trying to choose the right prop can be overwhelming, to say the least. I only have one shot to dial in the correct prop and get it right (I cannot afford multiple props to test run). Looking at my numbers, from the original comment, would the 21 or 21.5 pitch give me better performance and handling or should I stick with the 20 pitch, as you first suggested? Also, I have a short video of how my boat slips while turning right, if you’d like to see it?

        Thanks in advance for all your help!

        1. George,

          I fear the 21 or 21.5 will drop your RPM too much. Your current RPM is great, we just need to improve performance.


          1. Thanks Nick,

            I’ll order the 20 and let you know how it works out. Thanks again for your help!

  95. Nick,

    Wanted to follow-up with you. I installed the Bravo-1 FS 20” pitch on my Tracker V-19 Targa, with a 225 Opti-Max 2-stroke and it performed great, it doesn’t slip anymore turning right and overall the boat performance is solid! Here are the new numbers; WOT RPM 5530, Max speed 54.8 and there are no problems with the hole shot. I will raise the engine back up the 1 hole to try and get my RPM’s back to the original 5870 I had with the 19” pitch Tempest. Do I even need to worry about the lower RPM?

    Again thanks for the help!

    1. George,

      Great to hear. Your new RPM is fine, but I think there is at least one more MPH in it if you raise the engine one hole.


  96. I need some help with a new prop.
    Nitro z8 with optimax 225 pro xs.
    currently run 25p 3 blade fury at 5600 rpm at wot. 65mph.
    boat seems to run with little bow lift what would you recommend for a 4 blade Bravo?


    1. Kyle,

      Consider a 26.5 pitch Bravo I XS. Open up all of the vent holes and you will have great hole shot. You can expect top end speed gains of at least 2 mph as well.


  97. I’m re-powering from a 250 Pro XS to a 300 Pro XS 4-Stroke this month and wondering what prop changes I should go with. I’m currently running at Bravo 1 XS 26P 5800 RPM and a Fury 3 Blade 25P with my 2 Stroke. Any suggestions moving up to the 300 4 Stroke on a 2016 Triton TRX 21 DC with dual talons? I’m thinking my Bravo 1 may work with additional plugs installed.

  98. I have a 05 Bass Cat Cougar with a 01 250xb With a Bobs 8” action jack. Currently I’m running a 27 Tempest at 76mph 5800rpm, holeshot suffers when fully loaded. Tried a 27 Trophy, but holeshot got worse and lowered rpms at holeshot and top end. Will the XS give me the holeshot and trailering power as well as the top end?

    1. Chancey,

      Going with a 28 pitch Bravo I XS, hole shot and handling will improve but it’s going to be tough to beat the top end speed of the Tempest. I think you can expect to lose 1 mph.


  99. My set up
    2011 Ranger 188vx
    Just repowered from 150 optimax to 2020 4 stroke 175 Pro Xs.
    Added 2 8ft talons
    Original prop is Tempest Plus 23 pitch.
    Very poor hole shot tournament loaded top speed after 7 hours of run in 58.6 mph.
    Would a Bravo 1 XS cure the hole shot? If so what pitch would you recommend?

    1. Trevor,

      What are you currently seeing for RPM at wide open? Yes the Bravo I FS should very much improve your hole shot. Typically the four strokes do not need the eight vent holes featured on the Bravo I XS.


  100. I am running a Mercury 4 stroke 250 pro XS on a Phoenix 920 Elite Running a 3 blade Fury 24 to 5850 and 76mph with a fair holeshot. I have tried both a 24 and 25 Fury 4 blade with the 24 getting 72 at 6150 and the 25 getting only 70 at 5750. What would you recommend for a good 4 blade alternative for Carrying a heavy load, a good hole shot and keeping a good top end.

    1. Alex,

      The Bravo I FS will carry the load well and have great hole shot, however top end speed will still suffer. The Fury 3 blade is just such a great match for the Phoenix on top end. If you’d like to try a Bravo I FS, consider a 26 pitch. Expect 73 mph.


  101. Current set up
    2018 520c 250 proxs 2 stroke
    hydraulic jack plate
    25 Fury
    5500-5600 rpm @69-70 mph heavy

    What pitch Bravo 1 XS would you recommend on this set up?


    1. Thomas,

      It’ll be the 27 pitch Bravo I XS. Because of how great the Fury is hooked up for you, you will likely lose 1-2 mph going with the Bravo. However, your hole shot and handling should improve.


  102. I have a 2004 250XS Merc Racing on a 2004 201 Pro. Currently I have a 27p tempest with added cupping and a 26p Fury. I’m having major problems coming out of the hole and have lost some top end but RPMs seem to be up around 5600-5700 at WOT. Motor starts, idles and runs fine and my mechanic says everything checks out fine on the motor. He thinks age and added weight of power poles, pumps and heavy battery for electronics are just too much load, especially with a full tank of gas and/or full livewells. He’s recommending I go to a 4blade prop and drop down a pitch. He reccomended testing a 26p Trophy. I was wondering if you had any recommendations either the Bravo 1 XS or if I should go with the trophy for the older engine.

    1. J.Moss,

      I would stay away from a Trophy if you are looking to improve hole shot. I like your thinking on the Bravo I XS, I would stick with a 27 pitch. The Bravos run a little light in pitch, compared to the 26 Fury, you should gain 150 RPM with a 27 XS. It is a great hole shot prop, run with the vent holes open and it spools up very quick. The added diameter and fourth blade also help to carry the load very well.


      1. Thanks for the quick response Nick! We are waiting on a new tach as mine started acting up to get accurate numbers and then I’ll reach back out with those numbers to figure out what pitch you reccomend. right now the 26p Fury and 27 cupped Tempest both struggle bad to get out of the hole and I’m not sure I’m getting the best RPM numbers out of them either. were gonna base the numbers on the Fury since it is factory and hasn’t been worked at all since the added cupping on the tempest seems to have made it harder to spin up.

        1. Nick, Finally got the new Tach in and ran the boat. We also figured out my power poles were a little low and dragging, so fixed that. Boat is a 2004 Stratos 201 ProXL with a 250XS Opti racing motor with Torque Master lower. With 50 gallons of gas, full tournament load and two people (I weight 250) I’m getting 72mph at 5700-5800 RPMs. Hole shot has gotten better since we raised the power poles but still would like better and maybe a few more MPH. What size Bravo 1 XS would you recommend.

          1. J.Moss,

            Consider the 27.5 pitch Bravo I XS, should be great out of the hole, carry loads, and gain you 1 mph.


  103. I have a 2019 z18 with 175 proxs 4stroke. Came with a 24 tempest and during breakin ran sluggish with it and only 5400 rps. Changed to a 22 pitch and got rpms up to around 6000 but speed suffered and hole shot still not great. Motor seems sluggish and not what I expected on a 175. All vent holes have plugs out as well. Running a 6 inch hydro jack plate and i have adjusted trim and motor heights many times. Wanting a better hole shot and better topend if possible, as I know getting both can be tricky. Thanks for help in helping me get a better prop.

    1. Phillip,

      What were your top end speeds with both of your props? Without knowing more, a 23.5 pitch Bravo I FS sounds like a great fit. The Bravos spool up quickly out of the hole but also keep the bow down to help the boat roll over quickly. The 23.5 has an ample amount of cup which should keep you very efficient on top end.


  104. 2010 520vx pro xs 225
    I have currently a tempest 25 p running around 68-69 mph at wot of 6000 rpm. I was thinking of a fury 26p will get my top end a bit faster. Let me know what your thoughts are. I am trying to get a bit more speed. I have a 10in manual jack plate and sitting around 2.75in below.

    1. Dustin,

      I think you have a couple options. Either a 25 Fury 3 blade or a 26.5 pitch Bravo I XS. Sticking with the 25 pitch in the Fury because they run very stiff in pitch. Top speed should be 71-72 for both, handling and hole shot will be slightly improved with the Bravo I XS.


  105. Running a 2017 Phoenix 921pro xp with 2017 mercury 250 pro Xs. Fury 3 blade 25p with full tank gas, me (250 lbs) empty live wells I’m getting 71mph at 5650 wot. Hole shot is fine but seems like I should be getting a little more on top end. Just had the prop worked and is around 7-10 percent slip. What prop would you recommend on keeping a good hole shot but trying to get another 2-4 mph out of the boat?

    1. Matt,

      I would not change a thing. The Fury is always the fastest on the Phoenix hull, it just works! A Bravo XS will offer improved hole shot and better load carrying capacity but will not touch the Fury on top end.


  106. 2017 Phoenix 921 with 2017 mercury 250 pro xs 2 stroke. 71 mph at 5650 rpm wot with a worked fury 3 blade 25p. I have played with trim and hydro jack plate and best It will do is between 3.25-3.5 ptp. Just me (250lbs) full tank of gas and empty live wells. Other than that it’s tournament loaded. Hole shot is good but it’s a little slower than what I would like since it’s just me. What would you recommend to keep a good hole shot, but improve my top end. Just trying to get to 74-76 which seems to be what most guys are getting.

    1. Matt,

      I would not change a thing. The Fury is always the fastest on the Phoenix hull, it just works! A Bravo XS will offer improved hole shot and better load carrying capacity but will not touch the Fury on top end.


  107. 2020 Mercury ProXs 4s 225 on Triton 19TRX Patriot 24P 3 blade fury.
    good hole shot 70.4 mph at 5600 rpm. Would a 23P 3 blade fury help my performance? Also would you recommend the Lab finish?

    1. Keith,

      The Furys run great on the 19TRX. The 23 pitch would help with hole shot, but you would lose on top end, probably 1-2 mph. I would not recommend a lab finish on a Fury, they are thin to begin with.


  108. Hello

    I alway see people here all have 250 + hp and asking questions on what pitch to run. Well Here I go. I have a smaller boat 19′.6″ Phoenix 819 pro with a 2018 last year 200 pro XS 2 stroke. I have a fury 24 pitch 3 blade and best ever is 68.7 but my rpm’s are at 5850 atlas jack plate is best on 16 about 4.25″ on the ruler. I tried from 11 to 17 and no more speed. When loaded I am sluggage out the hole. I read about the Bravo XS and generally mercury say’s 2 pitches up . So should I be looking at a 26 pitch bravo XS 4 blade?I also have the smaller foot with the 1″ output shaft ( black )

    1. Jamie,

      I think you are right on the money with considering a 26 pitch Bravo I XS. Hole shot and load carrying should see a big improvement. Top end speed and RPM should stay about the same.


  109. Hello,
    I have a 2008 Triton 20×2 with the new merc 4 stroke 250 on 10”Hydraulic JP. The numbers I get from my 24 pitch Fury prop is 74 mph at 6000 rpm/ hole shot is fine. Do you feel this is the optimal performance or can I do better with a different prop.

  110. Nick,
    I just purchased a new to me 2013 Z521 Ranger with a Yamaha 250HP SHO. It came with a 26P T-1 VMAX prop and an Atlas 10 inch hydraulic jack plate. I am getting a poor hole shot and only 5200 RPM WOT (54 mph). Livewells full and 40 gallons of fuel. The boat also seems to run slightly nose down at higher speeds even when trimmed up and with jack plate around 3.5 inch P2P. I can’t seem to get any bow lift no matter the trim or jack plate settings. I was hoping a Bravo 1 XS or FS would solve some or all of my problems. Thoughts on prop,pitch and jack plate height? Also what hub or washers would I need to run the prop you recommend on a SHO?
    Thanks in advance,

    1. Jerry,

      Consider the Bravo I XS in a 26 pitch. The fourth blade and 8 vent holes will be a big improvement on hole shot. You should also be able to run it higher on the jack plate and have more trim authority.


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