Houston? We Have a Solution!

The all new Mercury Racing Revolution 4 XP propeller.

Happy New Year from Houston.  I’m excited to be here to work the boat show.

We are introducing our all-new series of Mercury Racing Revolution 4 propellers. The new props will be the perfect solution for dialing-in select single and multi-engine applications to their maximum potential.

The Rev 4 XP was designed for multi engine center consoles and single engine bay boats. Photo courtesy SeaVee boats.
The Rev 4 XP was designed for multi engine center consoles and single engine bay boats. Photo courtesy SeaVee boats.

The Pro Finish Rev 4 XP provides “Extreme Precision” when dialing in  multi engine, stepped bottom performance center consoles (trip, quad, quint) and single engine bay boats.

The high luster, Pro Finish not only looks pretty - it is adds durability to withstand the harsh salt water environment. Photo courtesy of SeaVee boats.
The high luster, Pro Finish not only looks pretty – it is adds durability to withstand the harsh salt water environment. Photo courtesy of SeaVee boats.

Popular with the Mercury Verado 350 and Mercury Racing 400R outboards, The new XP models expand the pitch range of the Rev 4 family from 18-inch  to 25.5 inch sizes in one-half inch increments.  The one-half inch pitch offerings enable engines to be dialed in to their maximum RPM operating range for enhanced throttle response, optimized cruise fuel efficiency and top speed.




Pro Finished Rev 4 XP Prop Offerings

18”/14.63” 8M0113928 8M0113929
18.5”/14.63” 8M0113930 8M0113931
19”/14.63” 8M0113932 8M0113933
19.5”/14.63” 8M0113934 8M0113935
20”/14.63” 8M0113936 8M0113937
20.5”/14.63” 8M0113938 8M0113939
21”/14.63” 8M0113940 8M0113941
21.5”/14.63” 8M0113942 8M0113943
22”/14.63” 8M0113944 8M0113945
22.5”/14.63” 8M0113946 8M0113947
23”/14.63” 8M0113948 8M0113949
23.5”/14.63” 8M0113950 8M0113951
24”/14.63” 8M0113952 8M0113953
24.5”/14.63” 8M0113954 8M0113955
25”/14.63” 8M0113956 8M0113957
25.5”/14.63” 8M0113958 8M0113959

Extreme Cup

The all new Revolution 4 XC Propeller.

Our new Pro Finish Rev 4 XC prop, designed specifically for single outboard powered hulls, features an “extreme” amount of blade cup. The Rev 4 XC (15″ & 17″ pitch) complements the Bravo I XC (20″, 22″ and 24″ pitch) as a family of propellers featuring an extreme amount of blade cup with a pitch range of 15″ to 24″ in 2-inch increments.

The SCB Recon 20 with Verado 400R power!
The SCB Recon 24 with Verado 400R power! Photo courtesy Simmons Custom Boats.

Eric Simmons, owner and CEO of Simmons Custom Boats said, “When we built the Recon hull designed for fishing the ultra-shallow flats and back-waters of the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida, we needed a propeller that could deliver instant hole-shot grip, stay hooked up while maneuvering in very shallow waters, and still yield great top end speed.  I knew Mercury Racing could help us get “Dialed In” with this request. The result was the Bravo I XC. This prop design is based on the Bravo I, what is possibly the best all-around prop used on other SCB models. The XC version is unique with very aggressive cupping,”

The agressive cup feature of the Mercury Racing Bravo I and Rev 4 XC props enable them to run very high off the transom without sacrificing performance.
The aggressive blade cup on Mercury Racing Bravo I and Rev 4 XC props enable them to run high off the transom without sacrificing performance. Photo courtesy Simmons Custom Boats.

“We are finding the that if your currently running a standard Bravo I, and looking for extra grip, you will need to drop 2” in pitch to run the XC version. That’s a direct result of the grip of the prop,” said Eric.

The enhanced cup enables the engine to be run at elevated transom heights – without sacrificing performance. This is particularly beneficial for flats boats running in “skinny” water.

The Rev 4 XC will be perfect for flats boat anglers scouting fish in skinny water. Photo courtesy Simmons Custom Boats.

The larger blade area enables the prop to stay hooked up for quick planing and enhanced performance throughout the engine RPM range.  The exhaust tube is designed to support planing and stability at lower speeds. The combination of the extreme cup and custom exhaust tube results in enhanced low speed planing efficiency – a bonus for scouting fish in the shallows.

In most of these applications, venting is not required to plane the boats quickly; however, should the need arise, the Rev 4 XP and XC propellers are all equipped with the Mercury® patented Performance Vent System® (PVS). PVS® enables the user to fine-tune the amount of venting, if needed.

Pro Finish Rev 4 XC Prop Offerings

15”/14.8” 8M0111924
17”/14.8” 8M0111925

This show is a hoot. Not only is it my first time being here – it is the first time in my long career of working shows that the event will shut down for a day due to a NFL Playoffs game.  Being from Wisconsin – I’m a die hard Packers fan. But – since I’m here – and the Texan’s playoff game is Saturday – I’m all in and will be rooting for Houston’s team. Its all good – the Packers play Sunday night. I hope both teams win. 🙂 The Rev 4 XC and XP are winners when applied to the select applications in which they were designed.


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47 thoughts on “Houston? We Have a Solution!”

  1. I would be curious to try one on a i/o setup with a very shallow drive height. Say 3″ below boat bottom to prop shaft. May prove interesting on a 20 v bottom.

    1. Sean,
      That’s the interesting thing about propellers. We design them for a particular market but hey – you never know where they may end up.

  2. Hi Scott
    I have a 2013 Lund 2075 pro v with 300 pro 4 stroke. I currently alternate between a 21″ bravo 1 fs (58.9 mph @ 6360 rpm 1 person 60% fuel, 0 – 30 mph 7.93 sec) and a 22 bravo 1 fs (60 mph @ 5990 rpm 0 – 30 mph 9.03 sec 1 person 60% fuel). Motor is 1 notch above stock, elevation here is 2100 ft ambient temp 25C. I pick up 1 1/2 mph with a bit of wind a light chop. Any role for the rev prop with my setup?


    1. James,
      I have not had the chance to compare the new Rev 4 XP to the Bravo I FS. All my testing has been done with twin, triple and quad center consoles. But as soon as the ice thaws, I’ll be out there testing and will write a blog about the differences between the two styles of props.

      1. Have you gotten to try the two props against each other yet Scott? I am curious to the comparison between the two as far as pitch per RPM and mph. I have my boat dialed in with a Bravo and want a second prop.

  3. Scott

    It was nice to meet you at the boat show and to discuss the benefits of the Bravo XS. The prop came in this week at Bowden and looking forward to see how the Ranger 520C does.

    Again, Thanks for taking the time to visit.

    Cliff Bradford

    1. Jason,
      The prop designs are different but the concept with the added cup is the same. Both offer enhanced durability and on plane performance at slower speeds for shallow water running. The Bravo I XC works so well – we decided to give the Revolution 4 15” and 17” pitch the same added cup treatment. The Bravo I XC might lower rpm too much. The low pitch Rev 4 XC will get it back.

  4. Scott
    I just recently bought a 2016 Nitro Z20 with a 2015 Mercury 225 Pro XS Optimax with torque master. It has a 3 bladed 24 pitch Fury prop on it from the factory. WOT I’m at 5800RPMs at 68 mph. I went on the Mercury Marine website and typed in all my information I have given you for best top end speed, acceleration, mid range/fuel economy and gives me a different selection of props each time. The one prop that came up in every single example was the Trophy Plus Stainless Steel 4 bladed prop with a diameter of 13.75″ and 24″ pitch. In every example the top speed is exact same 75.32mph but the rpms vary from 5625 also the way up to 6000. Is this the prop for me?

    I’m kinda confused bc it will give you a choice of 3 to 5 different props each time but yet there is only one set of results at the bottom and that’s where the rpms vary.

    I want to buy a prop that is going to give me the best acceleration and top end speed.
    Please help me out. Call me if you would like anytime at 337-329-2184 or email me at

    Chris Walker.

    1. Chris,
      Typically, the Fury 3 blade you’re running should give you the best top speed with a good hole shot. Reviewing your WOT rpm and speed, hitting 68 mph is pretty good. Weight and the weight distribution in your boat does affect speed when running a 3 blade. A 4 blade often increases performance under the heavy load. Pass on the Trophy. If you are interested in a 4 blade, consider the 26” pitch Bravo I XS. The 26” should offer the same rpm as the 24” Fury – especially after the engine you raise the engine height .5 to .75” inches. The Fury id designed to run deep in the water whereas the Bravo I XS comes to life when running at elevated heights. With the Bravo I XS, XS I’m calculating you’ll gain 1.5 mph and also realize enhanced planing performance. The only way to truly know is to try it out.

  5. Scott, is there any difference between the Rev4 and the Rev4 XP, currently running 19″ Rev4 on 350 Verados(2016) 32′ Seavee non step hull. 61 MPH @ 6400 RPM. Motor is all the way up. Next question is would i gain any top end with Bravo FS ?

    1. Michael,
      Yes there is a difference. The 19″ pitch Rev 4 XP increases 100 rpm over the standard Rev 4. I would look at a 21″ pitch Rev 4 XP. Engine speed should come in around 6200 rpm and top speed should increase to 63.5 to possibly 64 mph. The Bravo I FS is a fantastic prop for the Sea Vee’s. I’m thinking that the 22″ pitch is the way to go. I suggest you contact Sea Vee directly to get their input regarding the two prop styles for your boat.

  6. Scott, I have a brand new custom built Onslow Bay 27 center console with twin 350 Verados. We tried the Bravo 1 FS in 23 pitch at first but the boat had a bounce above 58 mph. The boat builder did not like that so he went back to what he had used on two other applications. Rev 4 in 23 pitch. The boat handles excellent with the rev 4’s but they only reach 5700 rpm at 65.5 mph with an offshore load. Light the boat turned 6000 at 70 mph. he has tried the 21 rev 4’s on a boat exactly like mine and said they would over rev. He suggested a labed prop. I am thinking the Rev 4 XP in 22 pitch, what is your thoughts?

    1. Jeff,
      Glad you had the chance to run the Bravo I FS. There are two 4-blade props of choice for center consoles; the Rev 4 or the Bravo I FS. it’s always one or the other. I like your idea of the 22” pitch Rev 4 XP. typically, the engines pick up 200 rpm and – with your heavy loads – it will bring your motors into the appropriate rpm range.

  7. Happy Thanksgiving! I just ordered a 621 VS Ranger. 350 VRod, I have 19,20,and 21 pitch Rev 4’s. Is the Bravo LT another option for this boat?

    1. Brad,
      Absolutely! For a benchmark, let us know what pitch works the best along with your performance numbers (WOT engine rpm and speed). For sure you can move up 1.5” of pitch – moving from the Rev 4 to the LT. I need your numbers to see if you can move up .5” pitch higher.

  8. Hi Scott, I saw that you stated the 350 comes with a 22 fs Bravo. The 621 will a 6″ jack plate and a. 9.9 kicker and 5 batteries with a heavier Ulterra for my front trolling motor. I will also have smooth move seat bases. I expect COG to be a fair amount weighted forward versus the 2012 621 VS I had. I will get some numbers for you in mid March, lots of ice here in South Dakota

  9. Hey Scott,
    I have a 250 Pro XS with Torque Master II gear case. I’m going to install on SeaArc BXT 220 with 7 degree prop tunnel hull with 5.5 inches at transom and hydraulic jack plate. Boat dry weight 1550 but will load heavy with batteries, power poles and gear.
    I plan to run on skinny water on the Snake River in Idaho and lakes.
    Prop calculator suggests Trophy Plus 4 blade 13.75/21 , Vensura 4 Blade 14/21. Will a Bravo 1 XC 20″ perform or any suggestions.

    1. Bill,
      There are two props that you can look at; The Bravo I LT and Bravo I XC. The difference between the two is the trailing edge cup height with the the XC being much greater. The XC was developed for the skinny waters of Texas. The engine rpm from the 21” pitch LT would equal the 19” pitch XC. Both props have a long exhaust tube which offers faster planing, ideal for the skinny water. For either prop take out the vent plugs. You’ll need to run with all the vent holes open.

  10. Hi Scott,
    We are running a 250 VRod XL on a Yarcraft 209tfx with a 21p Tempest. WOT 6400rpm and 58mph. Midrange is 4600 and 40mph. Hole shot is great. I tried out a first gen bravo1 22p. WOT 5950rpm and 58mph. Midrange is 4200 and 40mph. Hole shot is great. Love the stern lift and rough water handling of the bravo.I am very interested in the new bravo1 LT but am not sure what pitch would be best, 21,21.5,22. Thanks for your help Scott.

    1. Mark,
      Glad you called to discuss further. The rpm spread between the Tempest and Bravo I was wide. It is the stock Bravo I used for sterndrives. There’s a big difference between the stock Bravo I and the Bravo I LT. Typically, a step up from the 21” Tempest to the 22” pitch Bravo I LT will run similar rpm. Since the engine was up at 6400 rpm, we went with the 22.5” pitch which will offer awesome hole shot and will lower the WOT rpm to 6200-6300. The biggest benefit is better mid-range cruise efficiency. Mark wasn’t too concerned about speed but my money is on him hitting over 60 mph.

  11. Scott,

    I have a Mako 21 LTS with optimax proXS 225 with tempest 19p. I’m getting 5700 and 50mph. Acceleration is good but the prop feels “squirrelly” when trimmed up and the water “tail” from the prop is about 6′ above the water. This is with just me and 3/4 gas, Trolling motor with 4 batteries.

    Is there another prop that would give me better performance and more top end since I still have 300 RPM to play with.

    1. Fred,
      Your top speed isn’t bad, not sure if you can improve. The 19.5” pitch 4-blade Bravo I LT will hook up better than a 3-blade and offer an additional 75 rpm.

  12. Scott, I have a Rev 4, part 48-857026A46 size 14-5/8 x 19″ on my 1999 Donzi Z22BR. It weighs 3250lbs. My tach is reading 4600 and says I’m getting 48 mph. The existing prop gives my a great whole short without using the venting plugs, I don’t think I’m hitting the rev limiter. I want more top end. Any help ?

    1. Mark,
      Great hole shot, probably good fuel economy in the mid-range and sure it would be nice to see higher top speeds but with the engine and boat combination it’s exceptional performance, don’t change a thing.

  13. Hi Scott
    I have Lowe skorpion 16 , with a mercury 60 hp 4S big foot
    , my actual performance is
    RPM 6100
    MPH 35
    Prop 15 pitch , 13 diammeter
    Gear 2.33
    I have excess of hole shot but the speed is poor , what prop would you recomend

    1. Miguel,
      The numbers you provided reveal very low prop slip. Slip is an indication if you have any opportunity to improve your performance. You’re achieving good performance. Don’t change a thing.

  14. Scott,

    Looking for recommendations of a 4 blade setup for a 2018 Ranger 1880ms with the 200 Verado I4. Boat is pretty heavy to begin (heavier than a 629) with and will have 36v trolling rig with batteries beneath rod locker. I also would like to troll as slow as possible slow without giving up a ton of speed. Cake and eat it too kind of thing. I am assuming that at idle speeds the key factor in trolling speeds is pitch and RPM and slip/blade count are less of a factor? I was thinking that the Rev 4 17 should help with the trolling speeds due to the low pitch. The boat comes with a Tempest 19plus and will do approx. 48-50 mph at 6200 RPM.

    1. JK,
      The 17-inch pitch Rev 4 will help with slower trolling speeds. However, expect to lose 4 – 5 mph on the top-end. If you don’t want to lose the speed and benefit from the planing and boat control you get with the 4-blade, look at the 19-inch pitch Bravo I LT. Expect to gain 100 to 150 rpm with the LT which offers both slower trolling and quicker planing. Top speed might improve another 1-1.5 mph.

      1. I don’t mind trading off a bit of top speed for control. I’m curious what your thoughts are on how much of that speed loss can be recovered by a rework to add more cup/bite to the Rev 4?

        The Bravo 1 LT sounds like the best of both worlds except that I would increase my minimum troll speed due to extra pitch correct?

        1. JK,
          The Rev 4 props run tall in pitch compared to the Bravo I. They B I runs low in pitch so it should be wash for trolling speed. Getting a prop reworked can cause more headaches than it’s worth.

  15. Scott,
    I repowered my 38cc 2009 Fountain from triple 300 verados to 350 verados. I had 26p bravo 1s on the 300s that I put on the new motors.
    Rpm will only go to 5950 to 6000 with speed of 64. Getting 1.2 mpg cruising at 50 in flat seas. Mechanic told me to order bravo 1 pro finish 24s. I did. Horrible. Is the profinished revolution xp the rig it prop. What do you suggest.

    1. Jerry,
      Engine height could be causing some of your performance issue. The 350’s have a large gearcase with a 5.44″ diameter torpedo. It should be mounted higher than 300s fitted with the smaller gearcase with 4.78″ diameter torpedo. Verify the set up and let me know.

  16. Hi, I just bought a new to me 1999 Ranger 690 VS. It has a 1999 Mercury 175EFI w a 23p tempest plus. I’m currently only getting 5200rpm wot and a top speed of 50mph. Recommendations?

    1. Mike,
      My son has a 1996 692VS with Mercury 175 EFI. We prefer the Bravo I XS over the Tempest. Raising the engine to the second from bottom holes offers the best performance while running the 4-blade. When running the 23″ pitch BI XS, expect to gain 150 rpm. However, I would rather have you look at the 22″ pitch which should offer another 150 rpm and speeds approaching 55 mph. Have fun.

  17. Scott, I have a 17’ 620 Ranger with a 250 Vrod. I’m getting 6250 rpm on 57mph 22p bravo 1. I’d like to get to 60 more consistently, should I go 22p rev 4? I’m going to try different props but looking to get some advice on which one to start. Thanks!

    1. Nate,
      To get similar rpm to the 22″ pitch Bravo I FS plan to run a 20″ pitch Rev 4. Expect to drop speed.

  18. Hi Scott,

    Currently running a 2016 Ranger 621 FS with a 300 hp Yamaha 4 stroke with at 19 pitch Rev 4 prop and and getting 49.5 mph at 5500 rpm at 2500 ft above sea level. Motor height in 1 hole down from top. I feel like this boat should be a little faster than this . I’ve tried a few other props, a 19 pitch enertia and a 19 pitch tempest plus that were both slower and couldnt lift the bow. curious on your thoughts about the Bravo 1 LT, the 18 pitch Rev 4 XP or the 17 pitch Rev 4 XC

    1. Brett,
      With your set-up and elevation, I like the idea of the 19” pitch Bravo I LT. It will pick up a couple hundred rpm over the Rev 4 and offer a better hole shot. And – with the added rpm – you will hopefully gain top-end speed as well. You’ve experienced the Rev 4 19” pitch. When running the 18” – plan to gain 150 rpm and drop 1 mph. Skip the XC. It’s designed for the Texas Flats boat market. They require props to last longer in the harshest of low water conditions.

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