Walleye Master

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  6. Hi Scott,

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

    Thanks,
    Sid

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

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

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

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

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

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

            Thanks again.

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

    Guy K.

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

  9. Hi Scott,

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

    Shaun

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

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

    Dan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  16. Hello scott, I have a 2013 206 triton fishunter with a 250 pro xs. Currently running a 23 pitch tempest plus. Fully loaded max rpm are 5400. Trouble planing out with 5 guys, keeping the boat on plane under 23mph is difficult for tubing. Looking at the bravo XS or maybe LT, looking for insight on the pitch and prop combo. Also noticed this year in canada a 5-6 mph loss in top speed, not sure if current prop has damage, no know bottom contacts to date. Boat use to top out at 61. haven’t seen that in over a year. any info would be appreciated.

    1. Patrick gave me a call, we discussed his set up. Engine height was in question (often the boat builder sets the engine lower running a 3-blade prop. I have a 206 Fishunter with 250 Verado Pro and tried the FS against the LT. The LT picked up the stern dropping 2 mph at WOT and the ride wasn’t as good. The bow was too deep in the water. If he wanted a prop for water sports and carried the 5 guys on a regular basis – then he might consider the LT and be okay with slower top speed. At the current engine height, if he steps down to a 22 Bravo I XS or LT – he could pick up 300 rpm for awesome hole shot and good cruise speed.
      Scott

  17. Scott,
    I went ahead and purchased the bravo 1 LT 22p and finally had a chance to run it. Below is some data I collected. I haven’t had a chance to raise the motor .75” like you recommended. With the data below do you still recommend .75”? Currently the the av plate is 1.75” and the middle hole. Prop had improved holeshot and acceleration over the tempest. Also, holds very well in the turns. The only thing I did notice was at WOT it’s impossible to steer the boat. Steering is okay up to 50 mph but past that it’s pretty much locked. The prop was ran with all 4 holes open, no plugs. Boat had 46 gallons of fuel, just myself 170 lbs., and compartments, cooler were full. Livewells were empty except where noted.

    Slight wind and 78.5 degree water temp.

    Max rpm on holeshot 3900rpm
    5740 rpm 60mph
    5720 rpm 59 mph
    5680 rpm 58 mph
    5650 rpm 58 mph(live wells full)
    4470 rpm 45 mph
    3160 rpm 30 mph
    Slowest on plane speed 16 mph

    The boat ran very consistently up to 58 mph. Had to really try and trim up higher to achieve more speed, like had to slow down to trim up then went back to WOT. Also, I could only get 1’-2’ of roster tail as the trim would no longer pick the motor out of the water.

    Please let me know your thoughts on lightening up the steering at WOT and what height to raise the motor. Thanks again for all your help with getting my boat dialed in.
    Jason

    1. Jason,
      Glad we are on the right track with getting your boat dialed in! To further help with handling and speed, consider going with Scott’s suggestion of raising the engine .75″. With the engine raised, your RPMs will naturally be higher, and less trim will be needed. This should also help improve the torque you experience at the steering wheel.

      Nick

  18. Just ordered a Lund 2075 Pro V Bass XS, dealer will install the JP, my question is how much offset or how much spacing should the jackplate have? 4in, 6in ? JP is a manual as I wont be in any shallow water so I couldnt justify an Hydraulic JP, any real world #’s with the V8 250 Pro Xs 4stroke on a 2075 ProVBass? Thanks and good fishn!

    1. Christopher,
      In the past most used the 6″ with the OptiMax and 4″ with the Verado; 4″ because the Verado has a built-in setback. With the new V-8 having a similar transom assemble as the OptiMax, the 6″ should be the ticket.
      Scott

        1. Chris,

          The Bravo FS has been a great prop for the 2075 Pro V Bass. Your V8 will have great hole shot and the Bravo FS will give you the bow lift needed for great handling and top speed. Expect to be around a 22 pitch.

          Nick

          1. Christopher,

            A good starting point will be 2.75″ between the bottom of the boat and the cavitation plate. We find it’s easy to measure from the ground to the boat bottom, then the ground to the cavitation plate and subtract the difference.

            Nick

          2. Dealer ran boat today specs are as follows
            V8 250 Pro XS 25in
            Lund 2075 Pro V bass full fuel and 5 Batteries
            1 guy 200lbs
            Bravo FS 22 pitch
            6200RPM @ 62 MPH
            Jp 2.75in
            Whats needed? Sounds pretty good to me!

  19. Hi Scott .
    I have a 2016 alumacraft competitor 205 with a merc 250 Pro XS . It has 2 trolling motor batteries and 1 starting battery . I have the motor mounted about 1.5 ” above pad with a 21 pitch tempest plus . It runs at 5600 rpm and a top speed 55 to 56 mph with 2 people and about 1/2 tank of fuel and full fishing tournament gear. What are your thoughts on the best possible prop for this boat ?
    Thanks
    Paul

    1. Paul,

      Consider the 21 pitch Bravo FS and also raising your engine up one hole, or 3/4″. Since you can run your motor out to 6000 RPM, running the 21 pitch Bravo will increase your RPM by 150 and raising your engine will increase by about another 150 RPM. The Bravo really allows you to get the most out of your setup by staying hooked up at higher engine heights.

      Nick

  20. Nick
    Thanks for your response and your input. I have one more question for you . I have been considering a hydraulic jack plate with a 6 ” offset for my boat . My question is , do you think it would be worth the money in a performance way ? I do like to fish my boat in shallow water when i chase bass so it would be a plus for that but i just want to make sure i would get other benefits from the plate . Again i really appreciate your help on my prop choice . Its been hard trying to get a prop for this boat cause not to many people have this brand of boat .
    Paul

    1. Paul,

      In most applications similar to yours, you can add six inches of setback and go up two inches of propeller pitch. Taking what we calculated for you previously, the total top end gain from this would be 6-7 mph from your current setup, running a 23 pitch Bravo XS.

      Nick

      1. Nick

        Sounds like i’ll be installing a jack plate . Thank you very much for your time . I will be setting this boat up this summer and i will let you guys know my end results .

        Paul

      2. Hey Nick sorry for such a late reply but I didn’t get my jack plate installed until this year . I am a little sceptic about running a bravo xs 23 pitch . I have have a 19 pitch vensura with my new set up but the rpm seems to be ok with this prop . I am running at 5900 to 6000 rpm with a speed of about 54 mph . Planing is no problem with this prop . Very fast on plane prop seems to handle good through all ranges . But I still think I could more out of this hull . I haven’t tied the temptest on this set up as I returned it tto the owner . Let me know what you think please

        1. Paul,

          That prop must run pretty tall in pitch, I made my assumption based on the fact you could run around 5800 with the jack plate and the 21 Tempest. Let me change my recommendation to a 21 pitch Bravo I XS. RPM should be right at 6000 with that prop.

          Nick

          1. Hey Nick . Thanks for reply . The prop I mentioned is a mercury vensura . I thought you would know of it. Merc no longer produces this prop . Its a 4 blade prop . I should look in to getting the bravo 21 xs . Thanks again Nick .

  21. Quick question on Fuel Octane…Local Gas station sells ethanol free 91 octane, Ive read 2 different opinions on this topic, what is optimum fuel for a new V8 4Stroke 250 Pro XS???? Traditional 87octane w ethanol, or would the 91 Ethanol free fuel be best, FYI this station sits on major interstate and fuel is dispersed quickly…My last outboard I ran the 91Ethanol Free..but it had numerous performance mods and 91 was minimum….
    Thanks and good fishing!

    1. Christopher,

      The new V8 outboard platform is designed and built to run on 87 octane and up to 10% ethanol. Running 91 octane ethanol free fuel will not improve performance or reliability. Happy boating,

      Nick

      1. Met with dealer today and Motor was in and boat was in the shop being rigged, 2019 2075 Pro V Bass 2075 XS, notice on my Bravo 1 FS that there were some vent plugs, do you recommend leaving these plugs in or remove? Thanks for the great info yall provide!

        1. Christopher,

          So far the best results we have seen with the new V8 and an application like yours are by removing two vent plugs on opposite sides of each other, and leaving the other two in.

          Nick

  22. I will be taking delivery of a 2019 Lund 202 GL with 300 verado V8 with a 4″ jackplate and a 15 hp kicker. What prop would you recommend? The word is this motor has better hole shot. The same 2017 boat with 300 verado worked well with a 20 pitch Bravo Lt. Maybe a 21 pitch Rev 4?

    Thanks

    1. Steve,

      The hoelshot with the new 4.6 V8 is night and day compared to the L6 it replaced. We are also seeing much better fuel economy results through the mid range. The Bravo I LT will still be the prop of choice for you, but keep in mind that your top end RPM is now 6000, where it was 6400 with the L6. That means you will need to step up 3 inches of pitch to a 23 Bravo I LT.

      Nick

  23. Nick,

    Running a Crestliner Superhawk 1950 with a 175 Verado L4. Getting 45mph @6300rpm with a three blade aluminum 19p. Looking to pick up a 4 blade stainless. Likely Rev 4, but have heard good things about Bravo I LT also. Often running on Erie. What is your recommendation?

    Many Thanks

    1. Cory,

      Consider the 19 pitch Bravo I LT. Expect RPM to drop to around 6000. Top end speed will be similar, 1 or 2 mph gain, but your handling will greatly improved, especially when the conditions get rough on Erie. For the Rev 4, you would need to drop down to a 17 pitch. This would give you good hole shot and similar RPM on top end, but a lower top speed.

      Nick

  24. I have a Triton 216 with a 350 Verado. I recently switched to a Bravo 1 FS 25 pitch. I’m looking to gain speed. Motor is mounted as low as it goes on an atlas jack plate. I have been raising the motor with jack plate and gaining speed. Ventilation plate is 2” above bottom of boat. How far can I raise it before it’s too much? I’m getting speed of 64mph. I heard 70 is possible with a light load. When trimmed at 2.6 the rpm is about 6100. Water pressure is 24-26. How high of rpm should I go for long runs? Should I trim any higher?

    1. Tom,

      Sounds like an awesome fishing setup. You can raise the engine up one more inch. In your case, it will be more beneficial to gain RPM through engine height, rather than trim until you find the sweet spot. Excessive trim will lead to much higher slip and limit your top speed. If we can get you to 6250 RPM without over trimming the engine, I agree that you might touch 70.

      Nick

  25. Hey guys, I have a 2006 621vs. 250 Verado, mounted high as it goes. I ordered a 21” LT before I ran across this forum and see I can ask questions!!!. I haven’t received it yet, but do you think it will be a good fit? Currently have a 21” tempest plus and with 4 guys and a full live well she hardly gets on plane with the 2 guys in the back.

    1. Mike,

      Sounds like an awesome prop, especially for running heavy. The fourth blade and long barrel will help you out with planing. Let us know how it runs!

      Nick

  26. Hey guys…

    I’ve got a 2019 triton 206 fish hunter with 250 proXs four stroke…. thinking of buying bravo 1 fs 21 pitch what you think??

    Currently running tempest 23
    57mph@5600rpm

    Cheers

    Pete

    1. Pete,

      You are spot on. Do you have a jack plate? Engine height will come into play when switching to a four blade. By switching to the 21 pitch Bravo I FS and raising your engine 3/4 inch, or one hole on the transom, expect to top out at 6000 to 6100 RPM. That is right in the sweet spot for your motor. Your hole shot will be greatly improved, and you will gain 1-2 mph on top end.

      Nick

  27. Hi guys,
    Just picked up a new 2025 impact with the 200xl . Was wondering if you had any good recommendations as far as engine height and prop.
    Thanks

    1. Bob,

      Did your boat come standard with a Tempest? I would want to know how well that prop works for you before making a recommendation, many guys swear by the Tempest on that boat but I have not heard results with the new motor.

      Nick

      1. Yes it did come with the tempest. Motor mounted in 2nd lowest hole. Rpms were 5970 (if I remember correctly) and 51-52 mph loaded. Just curious if something is working better.

          1. Nick,
            Yes it’s a 19p. I figured it was good, just checking if anyone came up with anything better.
            Thanks!

  28. Hi Guys,

    I’m repowering a 2001 Ranger 620 (1990 lbs dry boat weight) with a 2018 250 Verado Pro. Motor has not been mounted yet, so I’m looking for proper motor height to run the Bravo 1 FS or LT. No kicker, 3 batteries in back, and the 50gal fuel tank is located in the bow under the rod locker.

    I’m looking to get two props and wondering what a good starting spot may be

    Prop 1. High Elevation (8300’), up to 4 adults and 3 kids with a mix of fishing and water sports, looking for overall performance/handling.

    Prop 2. Elevation of (4600’), 2 big guys and light tournament load, need to go as fast as possible .

    Thanks for your time!
    Dan

    1. Dan,

      Running a four blade, your engine height should measure 2.25 to 3 inches, boat bottom to cavitation plate. For prop #1, consider the 18 pitch Rev 4 XP. For prop #2, consider the 20 pitch Bravo I FS. The elevation and weight will drop you out of the Bravo line for your first scenario. But for top speed and running lighter, the 620 loves the FS.

      Nick

      1. Nick,

        Thanks for the recommendations! I finally got the boat on the water. I wasn’t able to get the 18p Rev 4 XP as you suggested, but picked up a Rev 4 19p to test out. At the high elevation lake (8300′), i was loaded down with people and full tank of gas and was able to run 56 mph at 6400 rpms but felt like i still had some more trim to work with. Do I try to bump up to a 21p Rev 4 for this scenario?

        And for the 2nd prop for lower elevation of 4600′ with a light load and running fast, should be able to spin a 22p or 23p Bravo I FS?

        1. Dan,

          Yes I like both of those thoughts. Keep in mind that top end will increase with a 21 pitch Rev 4 but you will lose some hole shot and acceleration. I lean more towards the 23 pitch for the Bravo I FS. Impressive results!

          Nick

  29. Hi Nick,
    I just purchased a 2019 Lund 2075 IFS with a 300 Proxs and 15 efi kicker. Its a great setup. Fully loaded with 60 gallons of gas and normal tournament gear I am running 58 mph with a 19 tempast at 6250 rpms. The accelaration is great but would like to get more speed. I was told the new 300 makes its best HP at around 6000 rpms. Have you played around with this boat motor setup? What height should this motor be run at from the bottom of hull to the plate? My gut is telling me a 21 bravo lt. The boat has plenty of bow lift with the tempast.
    Thank you,
    John

    1. John,

      You are really on the “rev limiter” at 6250. The sweet spot will be 6000 to 6100. Consider the 21 pitch Bravo I FS. The ride will be slightly flatter but you will retain most of the bow lift. The Bravo LT will have quite a bit more stern lift, which is great for planing but the FS should be faster on top end for you. Cav plate 2 1/4″ above boat bottom is a great starting point.

      Nick

      1. Thanks for the reply. Looks like I will need to raise the motor up. Im on the 3rd hole from the top, which gives me an 1.5″ from bottom of the hull to the bottom of the plate. I will give it a try. I do get plenty of bow lift the way it is. This motor I believe has the tourque master lower unit. Can they typically run higher mounting heights?

        1. John,

          Yes the gear case will perform and get good water pressure at elevated heights. What most people run into is ill handling and propeller blow out when raising the engine and running a 3 blade propeller. With the fourth blade and large diameter of the Bravo I, it stays hooked up.

          Nick

  30. Hi there
    I have a 2075 Lund pro v tiller, 200 hp L4 verado, 5 batteries, 62 gallon fuel tank, vantage, rear live well and a heavy driver seat. I am torn between a 19” rev 4 and a 19” bravo 1 LT. I bought this boat with a trophy plus 19 but it is not right for this boat. I want to buy the better of these 2 props for this boat. Engine currently mounted in the 3rd hole. Just looking for your thoughts and recommendations.

    1. Glenn,

      The 19 pitch Bravo I LT sounds like a great propeller for your setup. You will benefit from the added stern lift, given all the weight you have in the rear of the boat. Expect vastly improved planing speed compared to the Trophy and a top speed of 45 mph.

      Nick

  31. Thanks for the reply,the 15.25 diameter is going to make a huge difference compared to the trophy plus that is there now. Thanks again.

  32. Good day. I am trying to find a 4 blade prop to push a 2002 Ranger 620VS with a Optimax 225. The anti-ventilation plate is 3.5″ above the bottom of the hull.
    For reference I have used the following props:
    Merc Tempest Plus 21P: WOT 51mph @ 5600 RPM
    Merc Rev 4 19P: WOT 49mph @ 5400 RPM
    The Tempest is a good overall prop but is lacking in rough water boat control. Plus it over revs at times.
    The Rev 4 19P is good once on plane and does well in rough water but it is horrible with holeshot (with all PVS plugs removed). There is a significant hesitation and I have to “feather” the throttle at the beginning of the holeshot.
    Essentially, I am looking for more MPH, more RPM and better holeshot, than what the Rev 4 is giving me.
    Thoughts?

    1. David,

      Consider the 22 pitch Bravo I XS. Expect similar RPM to your Tempest at wide open throttle, quick hole shot due to the eight vent holes, and great rough water control from the blade geometry.

      Nick

  33. Just a update Nick. I left the motor at the same hieght. Put the 21 bravo 1 fs on and ran it. The rpms dropped to 5850 and the boat ran a consistent 58.5 mph on 6 runs. The boat planned super fast with a quicker excelleration all the way up. On the top end the boat was porpousing. I could corner really well at high speeds without blowing out. My guess is I should pickup 150 rpms and hopefully the porpousing will go away with raising the motor up one more hole so the plate is at 2.25″ above the bottom of the hull.
    Thanks for the help!
    John

  34. Update 2 raised the motor up a hole, 21 bravo fs, 2 guys, full tank and livewell and gear I got 58.5 mph at 5800 to 5850 rpms quartering a 10 mph wind. One guy in the boat I got 59.5 mph at 5950 to 6000 rpms on a flat calm water with some pourposing. 59.5 mph might be as fast as it goes.
    John

  35. I just purchased a Lund 2075pro guide tiller with the new v8 250 pro xs. It came with a 19 tempest but I have a 20 inch bravo FS from my last boat. Motor is in the middle hole about 1.5 inches above bottom to vent plate. Should I move the motor up a hole right away or try it with the fs. Where it’s at? The boat hasn’t been in the water yet so no data. I have 5 batteries, a vantage in the back and a trolling motor up front . Usually fish 3 or 4 people in the boat. Is the 20fs going to be close? Thanks

    1. Colin,

      The best path would be to change one thing at a time. Run the Tempest, then run the Bravo FS at the stock height, and then raise the motor one hole and run the Bravo FS. My guess is hole shot and handling with the Tempest will suffer when the boat is loaded down. With the V8 and the FS, it should be a rocket.

      Nick

  36. Last spring I purchased a new Lund 1875 pro v. With a 200 pro x s. Top speed is around 52 mph it has tempest 19p and 5300 rpm. On the mercury web site they tested that set up with 22p tempest. And got more rpm and speed. How is that possible

    1. Craig,

      I’d recommend verifying engine height. Beyond that the loads tested could have been very light. Your RPM is very low, that engine needs to spin around 6000 to make peak power.

      Nick

  37. Nick,

    I just repowered my 1975 Lund pro v from a 175 opti pro xs to the new v8 225 pro xs. The boat is set up with a 9.9 kicker and 4 batteries. The boat used to run 53 mph with the opti spinning a 19p laser 2, the boat is currently requiring a new prop and I am thinking either the bravo 1 fs or LT would work great, but have also had recommendations for the rev 4. Could you let me know what you would recommend, and In what pitch. And any indication of where I should be in terms of performance? Looking forward to getting it on the water when the ice is out.

    Thanks,

    Mark

    1. Mark,

      What a great repower, the performance gains should be awesome. The Bravo I LT is typically the way to go on the 1975, consider a 22 pitch. For improved performance, raise the engine up one hole on the transom from where you had the opti mounted. You may need to go two holes. It should be a rocket out of the hole. Just a guess on top speed, I think should see 60 no problem.

      Nick

      Nick

  38. Hey Nick,

    I am trying to dial in the proper prop selection for my new 2020 Warrior v208 with Mercury 350 Verado. I carry a fairly heavy load each trip out (full tank of fuel, 2 big guys and full tournament load of gear, 15PH Pro Kicker, 5 batteries, and Minn Kota on bow). The boat came with a 19P Enertia Eco and I am able to achieve right around 54-55 mph with it, but I was only getting between 5600-5700 WOT RPMs trimmed up to 9 (max trim before no additional performance gain). I had a 20P Bravo 1 LT that I put on the boat and ran it with the same load and was able to achieve about 5950 WOT RPMs and about the same top end speed. The motor is set at the factory height setting and only has the ability to go up 1 hole for adjustment. My question is, with this boat and this load, is there a better prop or is the LT Bravo the right choice for this hull design? Will this hull benefit from raising the motor the one hole and does raising the motor help achieve more RPMs and greater efficiency? Should I pitch down or is operating on the low end of the RPM range with a full load like this the correct pitch in this scenario? NOTE: Jack plate is not an option to add to this boat. NOTE 2: for gee wiz information…when my passenger moves from the passenger seat to the stern of the boat, the boat gains between 1-1.5 mph in speed. NOTE 3: I plugged my information from the Bravo 1 LT into the prop slip calculator and it calculated a prop slip of 15%. I look forward to your input and help with this one. Thank you

    1. Couple additions to original post:

      1. Typical usage is at elevations of 3000-3500 ft, though I have previously thought that the Verado was not supposed to be impacted by elevation?

      2. On this set up, what is the recommendation for vent plugs on the prop?

      1. Todd,

        Correct, the Verados are less impacted by elevation due to the supercharger.

        The vent plugs are a trial and error setup. Most guys run two of them out on opposing sides. It is strictly for planing performance.

        Nick

    2. Todd,

      Great data. That last bit about your passenger moving to the rear and picking up speed is important. It tells me you would benefit from more bow lift. The easiest way to achieve this will be to go with the Bravo I FS or by having a shop shorten the barrel of your LT by 1/2″. The latter will obviously be more cost effective. Any prop shop or dealer that works on props is usually up for the job. Raising your engine up one hole, especially with the shortened barrel, will give you performance increases. You should gain 100 to 150 RPM from the move, landing you right in the sweet spot for your engine.

      Nick

      1. Nick,

        I ran a 19P Rev4 this weekend on the boat and got about 5950-6000 RPMs out of it and roughly 55-55.5 mph out of the boat with same load and motor still at stock height (prop slip calculator calculated 7% slip for this application). Does the Rev4 benefit that same regarding RPMs as the Bravos do when raising the motor up one notch? Would the Lab Finish Rev4 and moving the motor up a hole and going from the 19P to a 20P be a good option for my application or do you still feel the Bravo 1 FS is the better choice for my hull design? Would the Lab Finish Rev4 be an overall good prop for my hull design at all ranges or is more of a top speed rather than overall performance prop? The other Prop I was curious about is the Lab Finish Bravo 1…with the thinner blades and raising the motor, would this prop allow me to hit the right RPMs with having to go up 2 inches in pitch? Or, does it all circle back to the FS being the best prop for my hull design and application? Last question, is the Eco Enertia a bow lift prop with the blades and stern lift with the tube? The reason I ask is that I was wondering if the 19P Eco Enertia I had on there was causing the stern too far into the water and causing drag with the Trim Tabs on the back of the boat and will the added bow lift from the FS push the stern down far enough to create drag from the Trim Tabs? Thank you Nick!

        1. Todd,

          I would certainly try to raise the Rev 4 up one hole and see how it affects slip. If it stays under 10% and does not blow out in tight turns, it will be the way to go. 99% of guys will opt for the Rev 4 XP, rather than the Lab Finish Rev 4. You get most of the benefits of Lab prop; thinner leading edge and blue printed cup heights. The returns of the Lab Finish are diminished compared to the cost, and you need to make sure the leading edge stays crisp, so maintenance is a must. The Rev 4 has ample amount of tip cup. I would think your best top end speed would come from a 20 pitch Rev 4 XP and raising your engine up one hole on the transom.

          The Bravo will still be a great prop for you, given the modifications we talked about, but I think the Rev 4 XP may be the best top end prop for applications like yours going forward with the big four strokes.

          Nick

  39. Good morning,
    I recently bought a 2017 Lund 202 with a Mecury 300 Verado Pro.
    The motor has a Bravo 1 20″ FS prop.
    I can only get about 5100 rpm’s with motor trimmed to 5 on the gauge.
    The speed is only about 50 Mph.
    The boat has a 9.9 kicker on the left side. 3 Optima 31 batteries at the bow with a motor guide trolling motor.
    The motor is set 1 hole from its highest position.
    What do you recommend for a prop. and or setup specs..

    Thank You,

    Joe beech

    1. Joe,

      It does sounds like you can raise the engine. Is it possible to get a measurement? Most guys are running with the cavitation plate at least 2.5 inches above boat bottom, with the Bravo FS allowing up to 3.25 inches in most cases. Make sure both the motor and boat are level, adjusting with the trailer jack and trim. Then measure from the cavitation plate on the gear case to the ground, and bottom of the hull to the ground, subtracting the difference.

      Nick

  40. Hi Nick,
    Thanks for the information. I leveled the boat and the motor using a 4’level.
    It measures 2.25″ above the bottom of the boat.
    I went to the lake again today for a second test. I did get 5900 rpm’s out of it trimmed to 4 on the gauge. the live well was half full. A half a tank of gas. 5 batteries and a 9.9 kicker.
    I was able to get 54 mph on 2 runs.
    A note: the existing prop has some damage on it. I would think that would make a difference as well.
    After reading through the posts would a new 19.5 Bravo 1 LT
    raise the rpm’s to the max. Everything I have read seems to point that way…

    Your thoughts please…

    Joe

    1. Joe,

      Consider raising the engine and having the prop repaired. I do not think switching the LT will give you any more speed. You are not far off on setup, it is running well!

      Nick

  41. Good morning,
    I have a 2019 Lund 1875 Pro V with a 200 HP Pro XS running a Tempest 19 pitch prop. I get about 5300-5400 RPM on an analog gauge and top speed is about 55 MPH on the fish finder. The cavitation plate is about 1/2” above bottom of the boat when the motor is trimmed all the way down. I measured from the floor to the bottom of the boat and from the floor to the bottom of the cavitation plate in the very front of the motor. I don’t have a kicker motor and have three batteries and all the standard tackle, etc. It handles pretty good but would like to get better handling in rough water.

    I have read a lot about the Bravo Props and would like your thoughts about them and if you think it would help with the handling, etc.

    Thanks
    Dan

    1. Daniel,

      Consider a 20 pitch Bravo I FS and raising the engine up one hole on the transom. The FS typically improves all aspects of the boat. Hole shot is quicker and the bow does not raise as much as the three blade. The angle of attack is flatter while cruising, for a softer ride through rough water. And because you are able to raise the engine up and run a taller pitch while keeping the prop hooked up, top end speed increases.

      Nick

  42. Hi Nick,

    I have a new 300 pro xs mounted on my 1975 lund pro v. It currently has a 23″ Tempest and runs 64 mph at around 5800 rpm. I find that the boat feels like it is running with the bow down, it will trim until the prop just starts kicking up a big rooster tail but does not seem to start to vent. It has a 36v trolling motor on the bow, and a kicker on the back.

    Based on what I have seen with other people’s information I am kind of surprised that this set up would not be able to push the 23 tempest with more rpm.

    What prop pitch would you recommend? Will the bravo lt give me more lift in the bow than a tempest? Is the bravo fs a better choice? And will picking up the motor by a hole or more (currently the plate is about 1/2″ above the bottom of the boat when both are level) give me more rpm or a better ride?

    Is there any other props that I should consider for this setup?

    Thanks for your help

    1. Adam,

      The Tempest will give you the most bow lift out of any prop in your range. The FS provides a flatter ride. I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. RPM is a little low but stepping down in pitch to gain RPM will cause you to lose speed. You can try raising the engine one hole, but your slip is great where it is. Getting a little bit more of that gear case out of the water may help raise the bow.

      Nick

      Nick

  43. I have a new 2019 tracker te combo with a 2019 pro xs 200 hp 4 stroke turning a 17 pitch stainless steel prop. I can only get 5200 rpm and 43 mph as measured by my vessel view mobile . 2 people x 250 with 47 gallons of fuel

    1. John,

      The prop is hooking up very well for you. Is it a Tempest? That is the lowest pitch the Tempest is offered in. If so, I can make a recommendation for another propeller family that is offered in a lower pitch.

      Nick

  44. Nick,

    I have a 2019 Pro V 1875 with a 200XL. The engine is in the 2nd hole with a Tempest Plus 19. With a full tank, full load of gear, and 2 guys I can get to 5800 RPMs and 51 – 52MPH. When I trim it out I start to loose speed when I get about 2/3 through the trim range and RPMs jump to just over 5800 on the analog gauge. I also have to back off trim significantly or I cavitate in anything more than a slight turn.

    Hole shot is excellent, almost instantaneous so I am not concerned with loosing a little. My goal would be to achieve a bit more top end speed, better handling characteristics, and possibly better fuel economy when running in the 4,000 – 4,500 RPM range. Do you have any suggestions? I will also mention that I am considering a hydraulic plate with 6″ setback as I fish lakes ranging from 40 acre shallow backwoods lake to the great lakes and want to have the ability to raise the engine for shallow water or lower it for control in rough water.

    Chris

    1. Chris,

      Consider the 20 pitch Bravo I FS and raising the engine up one hole on the transom. You can expect to pick up 2 mph at least, have much better handling and authority over your trim. I like the idea of the jack plate, it really offers the best of both worlds, especially when fishing in rough water.

      Nick

  45. I just bought a vexus dvx 20 and it has a 250 proxs 4 stroke. They are propping it with 23p bravo, do you know anything about this boat and what prop would be right for this?

  46. 2020 lund 2175 pro v 400 verado, atlas 6″ hydraulic jackplate and 20 pitch bravo prop.With 4 guys and gear boat has excellent whole shot and a top speed of 63mp .Rpm is about 100 high at full throttle (6900).You previously said go with the 20.5 pitch bravo 1lt and just wondering if that would bring my rpm back down into proper range?Thanks Tim

      1. Should I stick with a 21 fs or would you recommend 21lt?Thanks for all the advice you provide on this site Nick,very helpful.

        1. Tim,

          Lets go with the 21 LT. With the big Verado on a 6 inch setback, the kicker, and multiple people in the boat, you will benefit from the added stern lift.

          Nick

  47. Hi Nick,
    I have a 2019 Crestliner Fish Hawk 1850 with a 200xl 6 cyl. It also has a 15 hp kicker. Right now im running the factory aluminum. It is ok at best… Im curious what you would recommend for a prop. With that new hull design Im not finding alot of discussion on that set up.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Aaron

    1. Aaron,

      What is the current propeller pitch and top end speed? A lot of guys are having luck with the 19 pitch Bravo I LT.

      Nick

      1. Nick, I was running the stock aluminum 19p. Top end was around 45. I will say it had a very good hole shot and great mid range acceleration, but cavitated horribly under acceleration in turns. Not sure if this was just due to blade flex? I did have a chance to run a tempest 19 this weekend and of coarse it performed much better. Unfortunately it wasnt the best test as I was heavily loaded. 3 people ,full livewell, and fuel tank. 49 mph @5300 with a pretty good chop on the water. Im guessing it would dial right in if it were a little lighter. It did lose a little hole shot and midrange grunt was def. less. It also had quite a bit of bow lift. I think I agree 4 blade is my answer. I have read about the bravo. I like the added benefit of some stern lift.
        I am wondering if that 19 might be too much? This is my first walleye boat so Im very green. I have always run high pitch trophy plus on my bass boats. Would this be an option or do they not pair well with that hull design. Thanks for the response.
        Aaron

        1. Aaron,

          Thanks for the additional data. I’m going to stick with my guns on the 19 pitch Bravo I LT recommendation. The Bravos run lighter in pitch compared the Tempest, so you will actually gain RPM and have better acceleration even though it is a 4 blade.

          Nick

  48. Hello!

    I have a 2019 Lund tyee gl 189 with a 200 proxs v8. Wondering if there’s any input on higher top end speeds or if I’m pretty maxed out. Rpms sit at 5780 trimmed up a little past 5 at 53mph with two ppl in the boat. The bow starts bouncing up and down if you trim any higher. Prop is a 19p enertia. Motor is mounted in 2nd to lowest hole. Was hoping to see 55 mph in this rig

    1. Nick,

      I certainly think 55 mph is obtainable with a 20 pitch Bravo I FS. Should be bolt on and go!

      Nick

  49. Hello,

    I have a 2020 Lund 2075 ProV with a 300XL Four stroke and 15 hp pro kicker. I get 57mph at 6000rpm with a Tempest 19. The current setup provides excellent hole shot but I’m looking to get more stern lift and better handling in rough conditions. Would you recommend the Bravo LT and which pitch?

    1. AJ,

      Yes, guys are really loving the Bravo I LT on the new 2075s. Consider a 20 pitch. Hole shot should be even better, and a much smoother ride in rough water.

      Nick

  50. Hello Nick,
    I own a 2020 620 cfs pro with a 300 pro xs, an 8″ atlas jack plate and a 15 horse efi kicker. I am surprised (and a little disappointed to be honest) by the poor top end performance so far. It came from Ranger with a 21 pitch tempest plus and ran 53 mph @ 5650 rpm empty weight with the exception of graphs, trolling motor and a full tank of fuel. Since then I have ran a 21 and a 22 pitch Brovo 1 FS with similar results. Currently running the 22 with the largest vent plugs in it. This was the best out of the three, running 56 mph @ 5700 rpm. I’m sure you are already well aware, but 6200 rpm is my red line. Do you have any suggestions? Am I on the right track with the FS Series Bravo, or would you suggest an LT? I’ve heard a 19 pitch REV 4 tossed around quite a bit on some of the forums I frequent. What do you think? I would prefer not to spend a fortune trying to prop it correctly and I do not live near a prop shop of any kind. Thanks in advance.

    1. Justin,

      I think you have it dialed in as best you can with the 22 FS. 5700 RPM is acceptable on top end. We have done some testing with the Rev 4 and it is typically 1 mph slower on top end and much slower on hole shot, it does not provide enough bow lift.

      Nick

      1. Thanks Nick. Is there any benefit in jumping down to a 20 pitch in the FS? Thinking I’d like a little higher RPM.

        1. Justin,

          It will be an even trade off- much better acceleration and hole shot, but you will lose top end speed.

          Nick

  51. Hi. I’m running a 21 Tempest on. 300 pro ax’s ZV20 I’m getting 5450 rpms and 55mph with lot of proposing at slower speeds 20mph to 40. Should I be looking at Bravo Lt or a Rev 4. Not sure what pitch to reduce to either. Thanks.

    1. Marcus,

      Consider a 21 pitch Bravo I FS. It should improve your porpoise issue as well as improve hole shot and handling.

      Nick

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