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

  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

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