Fishin’ with a Mission!

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Eli’s ride; a Stroker 21 DC bass boat featuring Mercury OptiMax 250 XS outboard power!

There is nothing better than getting a call from a customer who is ecstatic with the the performance of our products. Eli Delany, a longtime customer and tournament angler, called recently to share results he is experiencing with Pro Finish Pro Max props on his OptiMax 250 XS powered 21′ Stroker DC bass boat.

Eli with his son and first mate, Luke.
Eli with his son and first mate, Luke.

Eli, a seasoned veteran, is a member of the Mercury Pro Team. He has also been a member of a BASS Divisional Championship team in recent years. Eli’s tournament fishing is fueled with passion – not just for the sport but also to promote awareness for Autism – something that is near and dear to Eli’s heart. When I asked if I could share his test results, Eli jokingly responded, “I’m not sure my competitors will believe how fast the Pro Max goes on my rig!”

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The 250XS, fitted with a 1.62:1 Sport Master gearcase, is mounted on a 14″ hydraulic jack plate.

Eli runs both 32″ and 30″ Pro Max wheels on his rig. The 250XS, fitted with a 1.62:1 Sport Master gearcase, is mounted on a 14″ hydraulic jack plate.

“My rig ran 102.3 mph with 32″ Pro Max fresh out of the box. The boat was under a light load, with the trolling motor, all batteries and electronics onboard,” said Eli.

That is very impressive – given his 250 XS is well seasoned. Eli went on to tell me he is also experimenting with a 30″ Pro Max wheel.

“I just started playing with the 30″ Pro Max.  I got in excess of 95 mph under tournament load,” Eli said.

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“Eli’s rig ran 102.3 mph with 32” Pro Max fresh out of the box.

“What I like about the Pro Max is its acceleration! It’s significantly faster than another brand prop I run of a similar pitch. It also carries a load very well,” said Eli.

These are very impressive numbers. Eli credits much of his success to his mechanic Glenn Taylor, a Mercury Master Technician since 1983.

Eli’s passion and enthusiasm is contagious. I admire people like him who share their positive energy, time and talent to promote important causes such as Autism Awareness. We are proud to be associated with his mission.


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34 thoughts on “Fishin’ with a Mission!”

  1. I’ve made one run with mine on a 20xdc bullet and 300x combo and not been impressed. I’ll try it one more time

    1. Sorry to hear, Chris. Let us know what you come up with in terms of rpm, speed, etc. Also let us know what your engine height is.


  2. After running a pro et I decided to try a pro max.The pro max lifts the rear of my mirage like a cleaver and eliminates all hoop at 75. The acceleration is much better and top end is 2 mph faster. The best feature is the improved ride in rough water. The whole boat is lifted up on top of the waves. A Great Product.

  3. Hola te hago una consulta tengo un MERCURY OPTIMAX 150HP, en un casco V profunda y de eslora 5,4 metros
    Que helice me recomendas para comprar una Bravo o Pro Max ?? y que paso?

    1. Rodrigo,
      What type of propeller are you running today? Also – what size is your pitch, what is your engine rpm and speed at wide open throttle?

  4. Hello I make a query I have a MERCURY OPTIMAX 150HP in a deep V hull length and 5.4 meters
    You prop recomendas me to buy a Bravo or Pro Max ?? and what happened?

  5. I just purchased a 2017 300xs with SM, I have a LCB with a 12″ set back lift Atlas jack. Question is should I get the 30 or 32 “ProMax” or do you have something different in mind for a prop? currently it has a 250xs running a Troghy4 27. Thanks for your help.

    1. Scott,
      With the limited information supplied – if you’re running a 1.75:1 gear ratio, you could reach 85 to 87 mph mark running a 30-inch pitch Pro Max. The 28-inch pitch Pro Max would put you in the 81 to 84 mph range.

        1. Scott,
          Sorry, I can’t say your set up can run a 32” pitch. I can offer what you could possibly see for numbers using the 1.62 gear ratio. Spinning the 32” hitting 58-5900 rpm could enable you to reach 100.8 to 102 mph. the 30” at the same rpm could see 94.5 to 96 mph.

  6. Scott,
    I have a 2004 20XDC Bullet w/ 2015 225 Pro XS SM1.75:1 gear case. Currently running a 28 Bravo 1 @ 6000 rpm at 80mph with full tank of fuel and light tounament load. Prop shaft even with the pad. Wondering if the Bravo XS or the promax would be a better wheel. I am looking for good top end speed loaded. Not trying to race just looking for best overall performance.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Charles,
      The Bravo I is a great work horse of a prop. Between the Bravo I XS and Pro Max I – think the Pro Max will give you better top speed numbers. I have to assume the Bravo I that you’re running has been modified from a standard sterndrive Bravo I. With that – I’m a little undecided on the pitch (26” or 27”).

  7. I have aluminium console boat with 300hp verado. Boat is 7,1meters/1100kg/tank 250litres and with pro max 14,5/24p engine revs only 5300rpm/48kn. With tempest plus 21p revs 5600/48kn. Am I killing the engine with pro max? With pro max I got better fuel economy when cruising 25-30kn and I`m happy with that.

    1. Toni,
      The Verado engine rpm range is 5800 to 6400, ideally you should run a lower pitch prop to obtain the appropriate rpm. Consider running the 19” pitch Tempest to achieve 5900 rpm or the 19.5” Bravo I LT to achieve 6000 rpm; Bravo runs light in pitch compared to the Tempest. The 4-blade will offer better cruise efficiencies.

  8. There mercury specialist………..( i am from holland so please excuse me for my bad englisch )

    I have a phantom 20 foot ( with a pad ) en a 250 efi with lift en 6 inch setback……….Now i am looking for the best prop for my boot
    if i read your story a mercury pro max wil be the best for me… i think….but witch pitch…? en what is the different between the lab finish en pro finish…?

    Hope that i hear something from you soon.

    Greetings ,
    Thierry from holland

    1. Thierry,
      The Pro Max should be an awesome prop for the Phantom, if it’s a 80 mph boat run the 26” pitch and if 85+ mph then go to the 28” pitch.

  9. I have on order an Allison XB-21 ProSport (1250#) which I plan to rig with a new 300 XS HD, 1.62 Sportmaster. I’m more of a performance enthusiast than fisherman but I do plan to occasionally fish with a light load, 24v trolling motor and electronics. What pitch / finish ProMax prop would you suggest as a starting point and would I possibly benefit from the 1/2 pitch that is offered?

    1. Travis,
      Yes, I think you can benefit from a 27.5″ which will put you in the 6000 and 6100 rpm range. If you want another opinion, contact Glenn Reynolds at (865) 882-9623. He owns Reynolds Racing a Mercury dealer. Glenn is a great go fast set up guy.

  10. Scott, I have a 2000 TR 21 with a 250 Pro XB. Did a few mods, just got her back. Ran a 27 trophy plus 81.3 @6050, 2.5″ bp, and a worked 26 fury 82.0 @ 6100. My hull needs bow lift, the trophy feels like it lifts decent, would a promax lift better? Do you think a 27 would be too stiff?

    1. Keith,
      You should be able to run the 27” pitch Pro Max. The Trophy is close to a 27.5” pitch and the 26” Fury is more like a 27” pitch. You should be able to raise the engine with the larger diameter Pro Max. The parabolic rake, combined with the tremendous amount of tip cup, should offer the bow lift you’re looking for. Good luck.

  11. Hey Scott , a lil different boat here . I have a 2014 contender bay stepped hull. With f300 with 21 p mirage plus I had laying around from last boat prop getting me 5800 rpms at 60 mph . . It came with Yamaha 21p sws but it blew out easily unless buried . Mirage does better . Looking for a better take off and max top end . What do you suggest sir . Thanks in advance . Alex

    1. Alex,
      You have great speed at 60 mph. For enhanced planing performance, look at the 21-inch Bravo I FS. It should offer improved planing along with excellent hook up all the way to WOT. Top speed performance will probably stay the same; maybe a 0.5 mph increase at best.

      1. Thanks Scott I appreciate your time . Any reason to stay with 21 rather than go up to 22. Curiosity that’s all. The lt wont benefit me ?

        1. Alex,
          Sorry I missed giving you an idea of what could happen with the 22” pitch. With the 21” pitch, the engine rpm could rev up 150 rpm to 5950 @ 60 to 60.5 mph. The 22” pitch should offer the same 5800 rpm. You could see 61 to 61.4 mph (the 21” will have better hole shot).

  12. Scott, we have some really cool weather, ran this 27 trophy, hit 83.3!! My concern is keeping all 4 blades on it, had to run it pretty high. Guess my question is would the promax run as good as a trophy? Aren’t the blades a little stronger?

    1. Keith,
      That’s one of the reasons why we developed the Pro Max. Thicker blades for longer life. The Pro Max is great performing prop. Because of the larger diameter (allows for increase engine height) there’s little trade off with the Trophy.

  13. i have a 15′ blazer bay 675 with a 18′ 250 proxs torque master, i currently have a bravo1 fs 25 pitch on it. i have no problem getting on plane or mid range acceleration. it is though riding kind of nose heavy, and once i get up to 68 mph which is around 5800 rpm it starts to chine walk and i have to pull back. if i change to a different prop with better bow lift, would it help with chin walking as well? thanks for any help. and also added mph would help.

    1. Tyler,
      If you get the chance, try the 3-blade Tempest in 24” pitch. The Tempest does offer great bow lift but I’m not sure it will offer enough lift for your setup. The chine walk could go either way, it’s based on the boat bottom. Running a 3-blade will change the ride, just not sure if it will be for the better.

  14. Hi!

    I have a Skater 21 build off with a 250XS 1.75 SM. Running a 30” Pro ET today and I’m getting 85 mph at 5440 so running very low slip and I love the way Pro ET works with its strong grip from plane. Like running an overdrive in a car. However I’m looking for a 28” since I hardly breaking 85 and still have 1000 revs to go. Noticed that the Pro ET isn’t made anymore. How about this Pro max. Does it perform like the Pro ET with low slip and that solid grip? I bet the bow lift is great for my cat hull.


    1. Andy,
      The Pro Max is basically the Pro ET. It’s the same blades – only with a small barrel. Glad you like the Pro ET – but our goal was to improve it. The barrel offers improved planing by funneling some of the exhaust thru and over the barrel. Boat control is improved at higher speeds; particularly while cornering. You’ll enjoy the 28.

  15. Scott, was able to run a 28 Pro Max. It was worked by Sanderson Marine for an XB21 Allison. Had 40 gallons fuel in my 2000 TR 21 with a worked 250 Pro XB. Ran my 27 Trophy ( labbed by Mercury) to 82.4 @ 6200. Put the Pro Max on, ran 81.4 @ 6050. Then ran a 30p Bravo, also labbed by Mercury to 81.9 @ 6000. I have run a stock 27 trophy, it spins 200 rpm’s less and 2 mph slower. Light, I’ve hit 84.0 a couple of times @ just over 6300 with the labbed 27 trophy. The 28 Pro Max really lifted the boat, just couldn’t spin it enough. Based on this info, what pitch would you recommend, and lab finish or pro finish? I have 14″ setback, with 3 degrees positive trim added, don’t use all available trim on any of these props. Thanks, Keith

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