Multi-Species Bravo!

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.

A number of boat manufacturers have responded to angler requests for larger and more stable hulls. The changes have resulted with the consoles moving forward, changing the center of gravity and weight distribution. The mounting of trolling motor batteries in the front of the boat affects planing performance and bow lift as well. The new hull designs, while user friendly in terms of fish ability come with a price in terms of overall engine performance.

It didn’t take long before I started getting calls  from customers asking for help in enhancing the performance of their single engine outboard powered bay boats and multi-species hulls under heavy loads. Our trusty Bravo I FS was no longer the viable option for these applications.

Our solution? The all new Pro Finish Bravo I LT (Long Tube). This hand-crafted, stainless steel prop is designed to improve planing and trim response throughout the engine operating rpm range. The result? An increase in top-end speed by 1 to 1.5 mph!

Griffiths Approved

Bravo I LT Test Vessel. Tournament loaded Nitro 21 ZV with 300 Pro Verado Outboard.
Bravo I LT Test Vessel. Nitro 21 ZV with 300 Pro Verado Outboard.
Engine height was set with the anti cavitation plate 3.5 inches above the boat bottom.
Cavitation plates were set level throughout the test.

I worked with our Product Integration Manager Mike Griffiths to test the Bravo I LT. Mike secured a representative test hull locally from a friend. The subject boat was a multi-species Nitro 21 ZV with a 300 Pro Verado.  Mike tested a 22″ pitch Bravo I LT against a 22″ pitch Bravo I FS and a 21″ pitch stainless steel 3-blade prop.

It  was obvious the 3-blade doesn’t compare to the 4-blades when running in rough water.  The 3-blade fails to hold the bow up, resulting in a rough, unsettled ride. Performance of the Bravo I FS and LT was close – but the overall top speed winner was the LT.  Where the LT really shined was acceleration. The LT also maintains engine rpm better through the turns when compared to the FS.


Tournament Proven 

Pro Angler Chase Parsons 

Chase’s tournament ride: A 21-foot Nitro ZV with a 350 Verado.

Many times I’ll work with people in the field to get real-world application testing of prototype props to ensure we are addressing all of the issues we set out to resolve. One person I worked closely with when developing the Bravo I LT was Pro Angler Chase Parsons. Ironically, Chase also runs a 21-foot Nitro ZV like our test vessel. Chase opted for a 350 Verado to power his rig.

“I ran the Bravo I LT for the first time in my last tournament under smooth conditions. The LT is very impressive,” said Chase.

“For me, the Bravo I LT provides the best results in both smooth and rough water.” Pro Angler Chase Parsons.

“I was seeing 62 mph under a full load with a big co angler and 63.7 mph on the way in after burning 25 gallons of fuel and filling the live well. The engine was turning 6190-6280 rpm at both speeds.  “I feel confident I will see over 65 mph easy with the right conditions,” Chase said.

Chase recently has had some rough water experience with the LT.

“When comparing it to my 3-blade, the 4-blade Bravo I LT definitely is better with keeping the bow from hopping, improving the overall ride and handling. So for me, the LT provides the best results in both smooth and rough water,” said Chase.

Pro Angler Tom Bauer

Our Blog has proven to be a valuable resource for our customers and for us.  Believe me, we learn tons in responding to the various questions that come through. Tom Bauer had recently written me asking for help in dialing in his 2016 Ranger 620FS. Tom was very specific with the engine speed and boat speed he was seeing with the prop the boat came with as well as test data collected from aother prop he had tested.  I think Tom was surprised when I contacted him. Seeing he lived in the area, I offered to spend a day to test props with him. A prototype Bravo I LT was in the mix of props provided for Tom to test.

Tom Bauer (R) and I pose for the camera while taking a break from prop testing on Lake Winnebago.
Tom Bauer (R) and I pose for the camera while taking a break from prop testing on Lake Winnebago.

“During my prefishing for the Cabelas National Walleye Tour Lake Winnebago, I provided Scott feedback and he stopped out one morning at the landing to drop off additional prototype props based off of my feedback.  My experience with Scott and Mercury Racing will not be forgotten, the commitment to service and research and development, teaming with Mercury Pro Team members really makes me feel like I am part of a family of an excellent company who is “Number One on the Water,” Tom said.

The prototype Bravo I LT created more bow lift which in turn enhanced engine RPM for greater top-end speed and improved boat handling.  All this without sacrificing hole shot or load caring capabilities.

Toms Rig:

  • 2016 Ranger 620FS
  • Mercury 250 ProXS with hydraulic Atlas jack plate
  • Bottom of cavitation to floor is 17.50 inches
  • Bottom of hull to floor is 14.25 inches
  • Cavitation plate is 3.25 inches above boat bottom
  • Mercury 9.9 ProKicker (Remote)
  • 4 – AGM weight (80lbs each)
  • MotorGuide Xi5
  • Full tank of fuel
  • 2 guys over 200 lbs. each
  • Full Tournament Load

Bravo I FS VS LT Test Results

  • 21″ pitch  Bravo FS:  55 MPH @ 5700 RPM (Difficult to steer – bow heavy)
  • 21″ pitch Bravo I LT 59.9 MPH @ 6190 RPM (Bow lift was amazing and the boat handled well at speed)
  • 22″ pitch Bravo I LT 58.6 MPH @ 5960 RPM (Bow lift was amazing and the boat handled well at speed)

The Bravo I LT features the Mercury® patented Performance Vent System® (PVS).  PVS enables operators to dial-in their propeller for peak planing performance. The PVS® system works in concert with the LT’s robust blades that are hand blended and balanced by our propeller lab artisans.

A majority of Mercury Verado® and Mercury Pro FourStroke applications will use the Bravo I LT with all four vent holes plugged with solid PVS fittings. OptiMax 2-stroke applications require all four vent holes to be open. Upgrades from the Bravo I FS to the Bravo I LT require no change in pitch size when matching engine rpm.

The Bravo I LT is a available in a total of 15 pitch offerings, ranging from 20” to 27.5” in one-half inch increments for precision matched performance for both 2-stroke and 4-stroke outboards.


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354 thoughts on “Multi-Species Bravo!”

  1. Got a Lake and Bay BocaGrande Kevlar hull and deck lids. 05 Merc 250 s. Trolling motor and 3 batteries up front. Another grp 31 for starting. 40 gallons of fuel and all the stuff to fish can run 68-70mph gps with Bravo 1 s 25P 4 vent holes.

    What performance benefit will this prop provide?

    Mitch Newton

    1. Mich,
      The added tube length should offer a little quicker planing along with added bow lift. This will enable you to carry the weight of the batteries. It’s hard to say what will happen with top speed, however, because the barrel length, it could add or scrub top speed by 1.5 mph. You know how the Bravo I FS rides or lifts; looking at the LT plan for it to pick the stern up higher than the FS. Maybe your boat would benefit from that added lift.

    2. I have a WX-2060 with the SHO 250 and 9.9 kicker on 8” setback (factory package). I currently have a yamaha saltwater 19″. The boat does fine overall but has a tendency to porpoise. I cannot use any trim whatsoever until I hit 44 mph or else it will porpoise. Would the LT help this? The top end speed is fine at 57mph at ~6k rpm. I would also like to reduce the speed it takes to be on-plane as it is currently 24mph. I have spoken with other owners who have had success running the Bravo FS1 20” but no one has tried the LT1. Do you think the LT could help these issues?

      1. Jay,
        The LT has be known to help with heavier boats such as yours, especially when loaded up with a kicker and gear. It will offer better planing as the flared tube acts as a small trim tab. If you’re looking for more improvement in the lower to mid range, then the LT is worth a shot. However, on top end the flared tube may give too much stern lift and the FS would be the prop of choice.


  2. I have found that the Rev 4 gives the 620 ranger/verado better bow lift then the bravo 1 FS. How does the new bravo compare to the Rev 4?

    You can respond here for everyone to see but would like to talk to you through email if possible. I have a very specific boat, not really similar to most peoples.

    Thank you, Gary

    1. Gary,
      The Rev 4 is a great prop and, in your case, it can offer added bow lift depending on how the boat is loaded along with engine height. If the Rev 4 was used at the 3-blade engine height, you’ll get added bow lift generated by the long barrel. The problem is pitch. If you started with a 21” pitch Tempest to achieve the same engine rpm – you would drop down to a 19” pitch Rev 4. This equates to a loss in speed and fuel economy. When moving from the Rev 4 to the Bravo I FS or LT, we recommend going up 1.5” to 2” of pitch to get the same rpm as the lower pitch Rev 4. More pitch – more speed. The height of the engine is critical for multi-species boats to achieve optimal performance. By raising the engine, drag is reduced with less gearcase flowing through the water. At the higher levels – the Rev 4 shouldn’t generate as much bow lift which is why we have the Bravo I LT. If your set up is heavy in the front requiring bow lift to get good speed, then you should benefit from flare of the LT barrel. The flare defects water up, down and sideways. The larger, heavy boats benefit from the water deflecting down – offering stern lift. The water deflected to the sides benefits the heavy boats for turning and the water deflected up can create added bow lift. As the water flows past the gearcase into the propeller, the water is deflected by the flare sending it out which produces leverage. The downside of the flare, on some applications, is it can cause drag on lighter boat applications. For example, on a 206 Triton with 250 Verado, the LT – when compared to the same pitch FS – will slow the boat down 1.5 mph at WOT and cause too much stern lift; negatively impacting handling and ride.

      1. When comparing the two props, you are assuming the same slip numbers, correct? It seems that the Bravos have a higher slip number so the pitch for pitch comparison isn’t totally relevant is it?

        1. Neil,
          The Bravo I FS and LT run light or low in pitch compared to other Mercury propellers. However, between the two Bravo’s – I would use the same slip numbers.

  3. Interesting results from the examples given. The Nitro only achieved a 10 RPM gain from the FS to the LT similar pitch props, whereas the Ranger almost 500 RPM. I realize they’re different boats but that’s a significant difference. Curious as to your thoughts on why the significant increase with the Ranger.

  4. scott I have talked to u before about my 28 bravo 1 xs on my 2012 z8 250 pro xs, im happy to say the 27.5 bravo1 xs I purchased sold the 28 is a better performer so im happy, this new prop looks interesting and my boat likes more stern lift will this prop do this and will it perform rpm wise to the 27.5 I currently have,r they pitch to pitch compatible and what is the price of this prop and availability any chance of trying one. thanks

    1. Samuel,
      Glad to see you like the 27.5” pitch Bravo I XS. If your interested in the LT, these props run pitch for pitch and the price is a little less than the XS. The LT has just 4 vent holes but – with the help of the longer tube – it should be enough venting to plane the boat.

  5. Scott,
    I got my 23.5 pitch last week and tried it on my 219 Yarcraft/ 350 verado. this prop is made for heavy loads. ( and last time i looked in the mirror , it must be for me) . It picks the boat up on plane and up to cruising speed faster than the 23 Bravo FS. and carries more speed in mid range cruise.

    23 BRAVO FS

    3500 RPM’S = 35 MPH
    6300 RPM’S – 63.5 MPH WOT

    23.5 BRAVO LT

    3500 RPM’S = 37.5 MPH
    6210 RPM’S = 63.5 MPH and gets there quicker than the FS prop

    I still have trim left , but it looses bite and starts slipping and at 6320 rpm’s it has dropped to 61.5 mph. Not for sure yet , but it seems to be quieter at cruising speed with the longer tube. Over all i think this is going to be a better prop for my boat. Although i was hoping for 2 mph on the top end , actually how much time is spent at WOT compared to mid range cruise.( it is noticeably better in mid range).

  6. Scott,
    I have a 2008 Ranger 620VS in high elevation, (3600ft), with a 250hp Pro XS Torquemaster Gen I and a 9.9 Kicker no jackplate. I am looking for a prop with better hole shot and top speed. I am currently running a stock 19P Rev 4 with all PVS plugs removed (prop doesn’t blow out with the PVS completely out). Full of fuel and 2 people I am getting an average of 50mph @ 5800Rpm in a 6000ft Dynamic Altitude.

    After moving the motor to the top hole I am seeing 5925RPM at 50.5mph on the stock 19 Rev 4.

    I have recently tried a modified 22p Bravo and was seeing 53.2MPH Full Fuel, 4 31 Series Batteries, 2 175lb guys, all gear, 9.9 Kicker, and 101 Terrova at 5560rpm on Flat Calm water (83* Surface Temp) in a 7300FT DA.

    Would going to the 21 Bravo LT or 21.5 LT yield better results for my high elevation and Dynamic Altitude battle with my 2 stroke??

    1. LJ
      Raising the engine increased the prop slip reducing the efficiency of the prop. Check the measurement from the cavitation plate to the bottom of the boat. The average is 2.5” to 3.5” when running a 4 blade. Park the boat on level ground. Hold a level up to the boat bottom – toward the transom. Use the trailer jack to adjust. Now trim the engine down and place the level on the anti-cavitation plate. Take a measurement from the bottom of the cavitation plate to the floor and subtract the boat bottom measurement from the floor measurement to get the 2.5” to 3.5”. If your engine is higher than that the zone you may want to bring it down and go with the 21” pitch LT. If it’s in the height zone and you were getting 5925 rpm with the Rev 4 then look at a 21.5” pitch LT. The modified Bravo I can’t be use as a reference prop because we don’t know what was done to it. Have fun with the LT.

  7. I want a Tech to Help with my UpGrade to a 4 blade Bravo 1 LT . From my Laser 2, 23 pitch Fully Loaded WOT at 4600 . 60 MPH. My set up is Ranger 395V1/O
    350 MercMagnum Alpha One 1991.

    1. Thanks for the call in. During the call we both decided on the 23″ pitch Bravo I LT because of the low 4600 rpm. Running the 23″ pitch will offer an additional 100 to 150 rpm – resulting in better all-around performance.

      1. Scott,
        Thanks for all the Tech Help,
        One more question if I could ?
        The Torque setting with that Cone tab inside the Hub,
        install with that is 100L:bs.
        Without it is 55 Lbs.
        I did as it said, 100Lbs. but there is NO-Way my
        MERC floating Prop wrench can handle that for an
        Emergency Prop swap. Any thoughts ?
        Can’t wait to get to the Lake for Demo.
        Then on to the Ca.DELTA.
        Thanks Again Scott and Jaco marine.
        Kelly Mark Hensley

        1. Kelly,
          The plastic wrench is for emergency use. You’ll require a proper torque wrench to achieve the recommended torque specification.

  8. Scott

    Currently running a 25 pitch Rev 4 stock. What will be the correct pitch to go with on the Bravo LT to match the same Rev 4?


  9. I am currently running 22 pitch bravo1 prop on my 2015 ranger 620fs. Alone in my boat I can hit 60mph but with 2 people in the boat I have a real hard time getting up on plane. Would a 21 pitch bravo 1 lt be a better prop for my situation

    1. Bill,
      If you’re running the 22” pitch stock Bravo I, move to the 21″ Bravo I LT. It will greatly improve planing with the heavy loads. Plan to pick up 200+ rpm.

      1. Thank you for the reply. you told me to expect a 200+ rpm increase on the 21 pitch bravo1 lt. That would overrev my engine. With the 22 pitch bravo1 fs i am turning right at 6230 rpm by myself in the boat. Really trying to get it right this time. do you think a 21.5 pitch bravo 1 lt would give me better hole shot yet keep me around the 6400 rpm. I would really appreciate a reply.
        Thanks Scott
        Bill Anderson

        1. Bill,
          No problem, happy to help. The LT and FS should achieve the same rpm at WOT. I agree, the LT for the 620 FS should be the better of the two. So, if you run the 21.5” pitch LT the rpm should split the difference between the 21” FS (6450) and 22” FS (6250).

  10. I have a Lund 2075 ProV w/300 Verado Pro with 21 Tempest. My rpm at wot are around 5800, speed is good at 58 mph. Hole shot is decent. I would like to see the rpm up a little maybe 6100 – 6200, and maintain top speed and hole shot, what pitch Bravo 1 lt should I look at?

    1. Kevin,
      Run the 21″ pitch Bravo I LT and make sure your engine is at an appropriate height. The importance of engine height is described in our FS Miller blog. The cavitation plate should be near 2.5” above boat bottom to achieve maximum performance. Your engine speed will increase to 6200 rpm – resulting with improved overall performance – from planing to wide open throttle. Enjoy.

    2. Scott is dead on here. After raising my 250 Verado up 2 holes on my 2075 Pro V my rpms went from 5840 to 6180-6250 and speed at WOT gained 2.3mph with the factory 21 Tempest. I was pretty excited to see my new 21″ FS on the doorstep today until I saw there was a new bravo released.

      Seems the single best thing you can do to improve the performance of a Lund 2075 ProV/Verado pro is fix the engine height.

    1. Samuel,
      The LT works for both two and four stoke. The two stroke will primarily use 20” – 22” pitch. The four PVS holes, coupled with the longer barrel will enhance your planing performance. Setups that need higher pitch will primarily benefit more the XS.

  11. I have a 2015fs and hole shot is poor with 3 people. I tried a22 bravo and didnot gain a thing. I am currently running a 21 rev 4 , what would you suggest ?

    1. Dennis,
      What engine are you running? Also, what prop style and pitch did you start with and what was the rpm and speed at WOT?
      What style 22” pitch Bravo I?
      What are you getting for rpm and speed with the Rev 4?
      Hopefully your data is with 3 people.

  12. Scott I have a 2013 Tyee 186GL with a 200 verado L4
    Currently running a 14×19 Enertia. 48mph @6200 rpm and low end doggy out of hole. seems to porpoise badly. I tried a Rev 4 19 pitch per Dealer recommendation. Results were just as bad hole shot and lost top end 5700-5800 at 45-46 mph. but I liked the handling of the 4 blade at crusing speed and full throttle. My motor is set one hole from top and measures approx 1″ from bottom of boat. Any suggestion s on the Brovo 1 Fs.
    Thanks Dayne

    1. Dayne,
      If your engine’s AV plate (anti-ventilation plate) is only 1” above boat bottom, that could be the source of your performance issues. Consider raising the engine so the AV plate is 2.25” to 2.5” above boat bottom, (each transom bracket hole measures .75”). If you still have the Rev 4, run it at the new height to see how the boat handles. If you don’t have the Rev 4 then look at the 20” pitch Bravo I FS (but only after the engine has been raised). Enjoy. It will be like the way you would expect your boat to run.

  13. I have a 2017 620 fs with 250 verado. What would be better overall performance the 3 blade or 4 blade? Currently have 4 blade bravo 1 22 pitch

    1. Giannis,
      The comments are for a single engine outboard set up. For the most part, they match rpm pitch for pitch. However, if the LT can allow for a little more bow lift (and it depends on the boat set up) then the LT may generate up to an additional 75 rpm. The LT is designed to offer added bow lift with forward CG boats or bow heavy boats. Boats with the CG near the driver seat or aft typically benefit from the FS. The stern lift from the LT supports the big, deep, heavy boats or, for an example, a second small motor on the transom for trolling. For example, I have a Triton 206 with 250 Verado. The Bravo I FS is 1.5 mph faster and handles much better than the LT. The LT offer too much stern lift for my boat.

  14. Currently running a 2010 opti 200 with a 21p tempest and getting 5200 rpm and 54mph switched to a 19p tempest and getting 5450rpm with 54mph. What pitch bravo 1 LT would be best?

    1. Jason,
      To determine which style to go with (FS or LT) let me know what boat you’re running and how it’s loaded. Also, can you check how high your AV (anti-cavitation) plate is above the bottom of the boat?

      1. Sorry just seen your response now. Boat ia a 2010 lund 1975prov loaded with tournament load. Also have a 9.9 pro kicker on rear.Av plate is 2.25 above bottom hull.

        1. Jason,
          I’d like to see the engine rpm come up. I’ll suggest the 19.5” pitch Bravo I LT. The rpm should come up to 5500 to 5550. Hole shot will be awesome and top speed might surprise you – with a gain of 1 to 1.4 mph.

  15. Hi Scott
    Thank you for the return of my first post. I feel I need to give you a little more info. My boat is a 2015 620FS with a 250 Verado, 9.9 Mercury kicker with remote and a minnkota talon on the back. Currently I am running a Bravo1 FS prop 22 pitch. In the right weather conditions I can run 60 mph and 6250 rpm at wot. The problem is with 2 people I have trouble getting on plane. I have tried a Bravo1 FS 21 pitch and it gets on plane real good but at times I noticed 6450 rpm. It never hit the rev limiter but I thought my engine wasn’t supposed to exceed 6400 rpm. I am wondering if a 21 pitch bravo1 LT would be the same rpm or do you think the 21.5 pitch would still be better on plane than the 22 pitch and maybe stay closer to the 6400 rpm. I just want to get it right this time. I have tried a rev4 19 pitch but run 55 max at 6140 rpm. Thanks for any input

  16. Hi Scott
    I posted an comment earlier but think I need to give you a little more info. My boat is 2015 ranger 620FS with 250 hp Verado and 9.9 Mercury kicker with remote. Also have minnkota talon on transom. Currently running 22 pitch bravo1 FS prop. Run with right weather conditions 60 mph at 6250rpm Problem is slow getting on plane with 2 people. I have tried bravo1 FS 21 pitch. That really helped getting on plane and only lost 2 mph at wot. Problem is I was turning 6450rpm. It never hit rev limiter but know my engine says 6400 rpm max. Have also tried 19 pitch rev4 prop but only run 55 mph and 6140 rpm. Do you think the new bravo1 LT prop in a 21 pitch will be better or should I go with a 21.5 pitch. Any input would be greatly appreciated. I just want to get it right this time

    1. Bill,
      Thanks for the additional information. I think you’re spot on with the 21.5” pitch. The LT would be the direction to go.

  17. Scott, I am running a 2011 175 Verado on a 2011 Ranger Reata. Currently running a 19 pitch rev4 at 6400 rpm and seeing 50 average, low 50’s with right conditions. Motor has been boosted by Simmon. Overall fairly happy with performance but like everyone always wonder if I can get more. Would a Bravo FS or LT improve top end or overall performance? If so which would you recommend and what pitch. Thanks!

    1. Wayne, the 19″ Rev 4 is working really good and we have had some great results with the Bravo I FS. However, I think the Bravo I LT might offer even more. If you get the chance to run the 21″ pitch Bravo I LT, it appears you should pick up 2 to 2.5 mph.

  18. Have a Lund 219 pro v gl with a Merc 350 Verado. My first prop I tried was a Bravo 1 FS 21P. Then I tried a 20P Rev 4 and now I’m running a Rev 4 19P modified with added cup and a few other things. I’m having porposing issues. I’ve added weight up front to try to distribute weight differently – still no help. This occurs by myself at WOT. Any suggestions?

    1. Joe,
      Move to the Bravo I LT the added length and flare of the barrel should take away the porposing by providing added lift. If the 21 FS offered the right rpm stick with that pitch but if you need a little more rpm the 20.5” should give you 75 to 100 and the 20” 150 to 200.

  19. Hello Scott, I’ve got a new to me 14′ Ranger Reata 1850LS with a 175 ProXS (WOT=5,250-5,750rpm). I’m wondering whether or not a Bravo 1 LT 20P? might improve my over all performance from a PowerTech RKR4 18P 47.6mph@5,700rpm.
    Tempest 21P was 45.6mph@5,340rpm; Rev 4 17P 45mph@5,630rpm; Rev4 19P 49mph@5,360rpm; Trophy 19P 50mph@6,200 rpm (Too high)
    Thanks much.

    1. Todd,
      The layout of the Reata puts a fair amount of weight forward of which the LT was designed to combat by offerig additional bow lift along with a little stern lift. The 20” pitch should be spot on.

      1. Hello Scott,

        With Spring close at hand, I’m was getting ready to order up the LT 20″ for my Reata as noted in my earlier request.
        I see since last fall you guys have added a 19″ & 19.5″ pitch to the catalog.
        Based on my earlier information on the boat, do you still feel I should try the 20″ Pitch or go a little lighter, say 19″ or 19.5″?


        1. Todd,
          Glad you continue to read up on the LT, while I think the 20” would be good I think the 19.5” would be even better. If we can give your engine a little added rpm I think you have the best over-all performance from planing to WOT speed. Enjoy!

  20. Scott I am running:

    Legend 191 w/175 Proxs ( Boat is a bit rear heavy gas tank is in the back)
    3.0 prop to pad
    21 P Bravo 1 FS

    Tournament load 5750- 5800 rpm 54 mph (5000 ft)
    Solo lighter load 5900-5950 rpm 56 mph (5000 ft)

    Do you think the Bravo 1 LT will give me any benefit ?


    1. Mike,
      That’s a tough call. The FS is hooking up extremely well. The long tube acts an extension of the gearcase – providing added stern lift. It might be just enough for your Legend.

  21. Hi Scott, I am running a 1999 Triton 205 with a 1999 225 optimax, with the stock 23 tempest I am turning 5800, but need a better hole shot. What pitch should I run in the LT? Thank you, Rick.

    1. Rick,
      Comparing to the 23” Tempest, a 24” LT would achieve similar rpm. To take full advantage of your rig with a 4 blade Bravo, consider raising your engine so the AV plate (the plate above the prop) is 2” to 2.75” above boat bottom. I think the Bravo I FS will run better on your 205 – hands down! It works better on the 206 with ride, cruise, boat handling and top speed.

  22. Scott- I am running a 21p bravo1fs on my 2015 300verado pro mounted on my 2015 621 Verado pro 300. No jack. with the 21p I run with 2 guys tourney loaded 5750 to 5850. Would the LT help top end?

        1. Tim,
          For your current set up I would move to the 19.5″ pitch Bravo I LT. You will have more torque with the lower pitch prop so planing will be better and speed should be comparable. I have a feeling the engine is mounted low. If the AV plate is level or only one-inch above the boat bottom, consider raising the engine so the AV plate is at least 2.25” above boat bottom. If you raise the engine; re-test with your 21” pitch FS. It may be right on.

  23. Scott, I’m running an Alumacraft 205 Competitor Le, 250 Pro Verado with a 21 pitch Rev 4. Current numbers are 55mph @ 6050 Rpms loaded. Good handling, good hole shot. Looking for some more top end speed for some of these walleye tournaments! Could anything be gained with a bravo 1 or lt?

    1. Bill,
      Nice rig! For the lighter weight, multi-species boats consider the FS instead of the LT. I’m positive you’ll get a great hole shot, better ride, increase mid-range fuel economy and faster top speeds. The lighter boats should see increased stern lift with the LT, scrubbing speed and lowering the ride quality. To achieve similar rpm as the 21” pitch Rev 4, run the 23” pitch FS;.Speed could pick up 2 to 2.5 mph. Tip, if your boat feels like it’s stuck to the water at half to WOT throttle look at the engine height. the AV plate should be at least 2” to 2.75” above boat bottom. For more information on the Bravo I FS read Brian’s Experience.

  24. I have a 2016 Lund 2175 Pro V with a 350 Verado with a FS1 20.5 on it now but am disappointed at topend being only 58 mph with 3/4 fuel and 2 guys. max speed is at 59-6000 rpm starts slipping after that. Was looking at maybe Bravo LT 22p or higher? What would you suggest? Thanks for any help on this!

    1. Steve,
      This might be a height issue. How many inches is the AV (anti-ventilation or cavitation) plate above the bottom of the boat? On flat pavement, with the boat on the trailer, hold a level and adjust until the boat is level. Then record the distance from the very bottom (right in front of the engine) of the boat to the pavement. Trim the engine down – until level (place the level on the plate to check). Measure the distance from the bottom of the plate to the pavement. The plate should be a minimum of 2” above the boat bottom. Let me know.

  25. Scott,

    I have a 2015 Ranger 621VS , with a 300 etec. I’m running about 54mph @ full tourney load @5400 rpms. It has the stock 3 blade 15×21 on it . Would you recommended the new lt or bravo Fs and what pitch . Thanks Charlie

    1. Charlie,
      It’s probably better for your motor to rev up a little higher. Consider the 21″ pitch and with that size of boat – run the LT.

  26. Scott,

    I have a 2015 Ranger 620FS with a 250 Yamaha Offshore, 6″ Powertran jack the pro edge fin running 62MPH @ 5800 RPM’s on a 21 Tempest. 20.5 Bravo at 61.6 MPH @ 6000 RPM’s. I know I can step up my max speed with the Bravo LT in 21″ would it be a gamble to get a 21.5″? What would you suggest?

    1. Zach,
      Nice set up. I wish you had a Mercury on the back but hey; we appreciate you running Mercury propellers. I’m leaning toward the 21.5” B1LT which should put your engine speed at 5850 to 5880 rpm. Your speed should average out to 63 mph.

  27. I have a 2200 te pathfinder with 250 sho running a 22 p bravo 1 with cut can 5800-6000 60mph to 63 mph on normal loads will this help me I cut the can off for bow lift I am kinda lost on the Ltd having more lift then the xs or fs ran a 23 fs at 65mph light load

    1. Dustin,
      The Bravo I LT is a long tube version of the Bravo I FS. Some set ups will benefit from the longer tube but – in your case, it’s too hard to tell because you’re achieving impressive numbers with the 23 B1FS. If you could try a LT, consider the 22.5” pitch.

  28. I currently have a lund 202 gl with a 300 pro. I currently have a Bravo 1 fs with the motor as high as it will go without adding a jackplate. I currently am running 6200 rpm wot, 61-62 mph. I am unhappy with the hole shot. With a full livewell, 1/4 tank of gas and two guys I struggle to get on plane. Wondering what your recommendations would be? I had a entertia 19p, 6,300rpm 59-60mph but I was having some porpoising issues at higher speeds.

    1. Josh,
      If you’re running the Bravo I FS in 20″ pitch, switch to the 19.5″ pitch Bravo I LT. Planing will greatly improve because of the lower pitch and the longer flared barrel. The LT’s longer barrel acts as leverage for bringing the boat on plane. Top speed should be the same.

  29. Hi Scott,
    Just picked up my new 2016 Lund Pro-V 2075 with a 300 Verado Pro. At wot the engine is getting 5850 rpm and 54.5 mph with a med/heavy load. The engine is mounted in the second position and the Cavitation plate is level with the bottom of the boat and is equipped with a 19p Tempest. I would like to maintain good hole shot, quick planing, increase rpms and top end speed. What is your recommended set up. Thanks.

    1. Jerrod,
      Please read our blog post, FS Miller. Check out the before and after performance numbers. If you do the same things we did with Steve’s 2075 you’ll think you got yourself a new boat! The ride is so much better and speed can’t beat it. If you have a kicker hanging on the transom, then I would recommend the same engine height as Steve’s. For you – I would recommend switching to the Bravo I LT 20” pitch. The LT propeller offers a little more stern lift which will support the added weight of the kicker. Enjoy!

  30. I have a 2016 a 2175 Lund Pro-V with a 350 Verado, 15 Pro kicker, Minn Kota ulterra 36 volt motor, five big batteries, 500-700 lbs of human beings, and probably 150 lbs of other equipment and up to 60 gallons of fuel. I have been turning a 21 pitch bravo one FS at around 6200ish RPM’s for approx. 57 mph. My cavitation plate is well out of the water at WOT, I did the plate to boat bottom measurement as suggested in previous posts and the plate is 1.25 in above , but I can just barely get the prop to slip at max trim. I recently tried a 22 Bravo One LT that seems to make the boat ride higher in the water allowing me to be able to slip the prop around 8 on the trim level, I could turn the LT approx. 6000 RPM for approx. 57.5 MPH. I would like to try a 21 LT Bravo which I will assume I will be able to turn around 6200-6300. My question to you is should I raise the engine one hole and start over testing props? I hope I have provided you with enough information. Thanks in advance for your time. Hank Tashjian.

    1. Hank,
      Yes. consider raising your engine two holes – making the AV plate 2.75 inches above boat bottom and re-test with your 22 LT. By raising the engine, a gain of 200 rpm could happen which would allow the engine to hit the sweet spot. This should offer another 2 mph.

  31. Scott,
    I’m running a 2016 Ranger 621 w/250 Pro XS and a 22 pitch Bravo XS.
    top speed 54 alone and full tank of gas. Hole shot is decent, Happy with this set up but looking for any thoughts on if the LT will help this rig?

    1. Mark,
      You’re going to like the Bravo I LT. There will be a noticeable performance improvement. When Ranger moved the consoles forward with the FS models that changed the CG (Center of Gravity) adding additional weight toward the front of the boat. In the past, the lightweight of the Pro XS was thought as a performance benefit compared to the Verado. With the FS hulls, more weight on the transom generates more bow lift so the added weight of a Verado would outperform the Pro XS. You can get that performance back with the Bravo I LT. The added barrel length and flare will help generate bow lift. As the engine is trimmed out and water passes into the gearcase, the pressure of the water creates a downward force onto the top of the gear housing where the prop shaft is located. The water flows from the gearcase into the prop and the longer barrel and flare deflect the water even more offering added bow lift. If you need to generate added rpm, a 21” pitch should offer another 150 rpm. Enjoy.

  32. Hi Scott,
    I’m running a Lund 2175 Verado 350 with a 21p Tempest Plus at 6000RPM +or – 75rpm depending on water condition and fuel load at 60 mph. Will this prop help me get the other 300 to 400 rpms and pick up any speed. I have not tried moving it up a set of holes yet but am at a solid 2 inches above the bottom that I noticed you mentioned in other posts.
    Thank you,

    1. Mike,
      The larger gearcase used with the 350 and 400 Verados enable the engines to run 1” higher than the optimal height for the 300 Verado which features a smaller gearcase. At the current height, a 21” pitch Bravo I LT should pick up 150 rpm which is a good rpm range for the 350 Verado. The speed should increase to 1.3 mph. Most liekly the biggest gain is the improved ride and boat control the 4 blade provides over the 3 blade.

  33. Scott,
    I have few questions about the Bravo 1 LT vs FS. I have a 206 Triton Fishunter with 250 Verado Pro that started with a 22″ Tempest. Although the top seed was good, it was slow getting on plane, handing and ride was not great. After some advise I switched to a 23″ Bravo 1 FS, which I ran out of season to really get things dialed in. But the little bit I have played with it seems to really have improved the planning time and handing while maintaining speed. All of which are all good and can’t wait to play around more in the spring. But now I am little curious about the Bravo 1 LT, and wonder if would it make much of a difference over the FS. After reading through some of the questions and feedback you have given to others, it looks as though you might have already tried both of these props on this hull motor combination. If so can you give me your input on the differences, and also maybe and idea of engine height. Thank you for any information you are willing to provide! I also continue to enjoy the fact my Verado is faster then my brother inlaws new Evinrude 250 G2, go Mercury!!

    1. Adam,
      Thanks for the question. Hands down, the Bravo I FS is the better choice. The LT is geared toward rigs that are slower and heavier and in most cases running a deeper hull. Last summer I tested the LT and FS on a 2016 206 with 250 Verado Pro. With an assortment of LT and FS pitch props, the best performance was with the AV plate 3.5″ above boat bottom running a 24” pitch FS. I achieved 64.4 mph @ 6000 rpm. The boat was loaded with gear. The fuel tank was 3/4 full and we had 2 adults (360 lbs.) on board. The LT picked the stern up too much; scrubbing 2 mph. The boat didn’t ride as good. It fe;t like it was stuck to the water. Have fun rubbing it in with your brother-in-law.

  34. Scott,

    Do you guys have numbers for the 21.5p LT on a 620FS with 250 Verado with kicker? No jackplate. Currently running a worked 19p rev 4. 56 mph @ 6100 rpm loaded. Would I be better off running the LT? Thanks!

    1. Roger,
      Sorry I don’t have any numbers now. I can ball park it. A 21” pitch should achieve similar engine rpm as the Rev 4 with an increase of 1.5 mph.

      1. Scott,
        I have a 2017 Ranger 1880 ms with 200 I4 Verado. With 19p tempest 2 guys and full tank getting 6150-6200 at about 45mph. Hole shot seems week and a little loose in turns. I was looking at a Bravo LT. would that be a good choice?

        1. Chris,

          Consider the 20 pitch Bravo I LT, the long barrel and four blades will greatly improve hole shot and grip in turns. The reduced slip will help you out on top end.


          1. Chris,

            Expect similar RPMs with the Bravo, they run one inch lighter in pitch.


  35. I always have a hard time with what is considered a lighter boat. I run a 2025 pro v and my guess is with the 250 verado on the back, batteries etc it comes in around 2,800lbs or so. Is that considered light or heavy? I run a 21p tempest and while overall the performance is good I’d like to get to a 4 blade prop. What would you recommend I try the FS or the LT?

    Current performance: I shoot out of the hole and run about 55mph at 6,000 rpm wot.

    1. Bill,
      If on average, you run with 2 people on board I think you’d be good with the 21” pitch Bravo I FS. However, if you run with 4 people on board (200 pounds plus each) along with a good amount of gear and a kicker then you will want to go with the 21” pitch Bravo I LT. You should also check your engine height. In most cases, Lund mounts the engine’s gearcase AV plate 1” above the boat bottom. Consider raising the engine 2 holes to maximize the ride and performance of the rig while running either Bravo I.

      1. I am running a 202 with 300 verado last hild from bottom. I have a rev4 18 pitch and im not seeing mpuh over 40MPH, cant trim up because it starts porposing. Load is motor, 15HP kicker 40LB talon 112 Ulterra up front 1/2 tank tackle and 2 guys about 260-210

        Whats the issue here , and suggestions ?


        1. Brett,

          Consider the 19 pitch Bravo I LT and raising your engine up one hole on the transom. Considering you have a lot of weight hanging off of the back, you will benefit from the increased stern lift of the Bravo I LT. Low to mid 50’s should be attainable with your setup.


  36. Hey Scott, Im running a 400 R, I can turn a 22 bravo fs with added cup ad 7050 and 72.8 mph, Do you think thr bravo LT 23 get me a bit more out of this, I tried a 21 rev 4 shaved and added cup bymyself I hit 73.9 at 7060 rpm, I wanna bring my rpms down, I will be lighting my boat load up by 300 lbs next year also, the bravo likes to run high on jack plate and can take lots of trim unlike the rev 4 like not near as much trim and jack plate, I did turn a bravo 24 but got porpise, it hit 73 mph max and just didn’t feel right, What you think I should try here.

      1. I Ran a new out of the box Bravo 24FS, Along With a 23 FS, I am interested in the LT but don’t wanna try a bunch to get it right as there a custom order,

        1. Ryan,
          Plan for pitch for pitch so if the Bravo I FS 23″ pitch gave you the right rpm then try the 23″ pitch LT.

    1. Jeff,
      Run pitch for pitch to achieve similar engine rpm. However, the LT’s longer exhaust tube may offer too much stern lift. The LT is equipped with (4) vent holes and your XS has (8). You may require all that venting. The lower the pitch the less venting is required. I’m not sure if (4) PVS holes is enough for your set up.

  37. Scott,
    I have a Nitro ZV21 with a Merc 250 Optimax turning a Tempest II. I want to get more lift, and holeshot for Lake Erie.
    My question is with a current 21′ pitch would I see a little more lift from a Bravo FS in a 21.5″, or stay with the 21″.?
    I plan to move up in HP to a 350 Verado next fall, My question here is a 21.5″ Bravo usable on a 350 Verado, or a bigger pitch needed.?

    1. Edward,
      If you’re running the 21” pitch Tempest Plus, the general rule of thumb is to move up 1” of pitch to a 22” pitch Bravo I FS or LT to achieve similar rpm. To gain the maximum performance, your engine may need to raise up so the AV plate is at least 2.5” above boat bottom. Most ZV21 set ups today are using the 4” jack plate to achieve the best performance. Raising the engine for calm to chop for maximum speed and lowering the engine for better boat control on water that Lake Erie can throw at you. I spoke with Chase Parsons at the Minneapolis boat show last Saturday and he recommends using a jack plate with the 350 Verado on his ZV21 Nitro. The best prop for his rig is the 22.5” pitch LT.

      1. New Warrior 208 on the way with 350 Verado and kicker motor. Any experience with Warriors? Do you have a prop recommendation? Engine height recommendation?
        Thank you,

        1. Jarrell,
          They had been sending the 208/350 Verado with either the 22” pitch Tempest or the 19” pitch ECO. Not sure if they have had the chance to run the LT. This past October we ran a 208 with a 300 Verado Pro. We had 40 gallons, 5 batteries, a trolling motor and full tournament load (every compartment packed). The AV plate was 2” above boat bottom which is their normal setting. The wind was not ideal; 15-20 MPH and 1.5’ to 2’ chop. The 21” pitch Tempest ran 56 MPH @ 6200 rpm and the 21” pitch Bravo I LT ran 58 MPH @ 6350. Not only was the speed impressive but the ride was far superior. Back to your new set up, the 350 Verado with its larger gearcase performance better at least .75” higher on the transom compared with the 300 Verado Pro with the AV plate 2.75” above boat bottom. If the factory setting for the 350 AV plate is 2” above the boat bottom with the 22” pitch Tempest, move up to the 23” pitch Bravo I LT. If you can go up with the AV plate 2.75” above the boat bottom, plan for the 24” pitch LT.

          1. I appreciate your quick response. One thing I should have mentioned is I will be running primarily at 2200+ ft. elevation. Not sure what elevation you tested at. Will that change your recommendation?

          2. Jarrell,
            Elevation doesn’t affect the Verado like a two-stroke. The super charger offsets the elevation up to 5000+ feet.

          3. Scott,

            I’m running a Warrior 208 with the 350 Verado. Full tournament load plus 5 batteries, 9.9 Pro Kicker, Vantage, and the Terrova. I’ve got a PowrTran 24V power jackplate with a 4″ setback on the boat as well. I’m a big believer in 4 blades, so I ordered the boat without the stock 3 blade 22P Tempest. Here’s my results from some testing last fall. The boat was loaded heavy, two guys, and 3/4 tank of fuel, which is how I run it 90% of the time. Conditions weren’t ideal, the water was a too calm. (The wind in your testing, with a good 2′ chop, is actually ideal for getting max. performance out of the Warrior hull.)

            23P Bravo FS. 58 mph. Around 6050-6100 rpm. Moderate hole shot. Could lift plate for more rpm but no speed gain. Max mph when slightly trimmed in, the prop would lose its bite and ability to hold the bow up at higher trim settings. Some torque steer on the wheel at all trim settings with plate up.

            22P Bravo 1 FS. 6150-6200 RPM. 58-58.5 mph. Moderate hole shot. (Hole shot with 4 guys in the boat is poor.) Could lift plate for more rpm but no speed gain. Max mph when slightly trimmed in, the prop would lose its bite and ability to hold the bow up at higher trim settings. Torque steer on the wheel at all trim settings with plate up. I have the most time on this prop. It would regularly run at +/- 60mph with my normal load depending on wind/water conditions. I have seen 63 mph with this setup in ideal conditions and a lighter load.

            21P Rev4, worked by DAH Propellor. 59-59.5 mph. 5900 rpm. Slower hole shot than both Bravos. Good handling once on plane. No pronounced bow lift, it lifted entire boat and ran quite flat, excellent bite all the way to max trim. It’s a hard prop to turn! No torque steer.

            I also have a 20P Bravo FS that I wasn’t able to test that day.

            I was going to go the Rev4 route, but based on what I’ve read so far, the Warrior 208 is the perfect candidate for the Bravo LT. I see your recommendation to go with a 23P or 24P Bravo LT above, does my data change your opinion at all? My preference would be to see higher RPMs at WOT and have a better hole shot for rough water days. I’d love to get your recommendation on pitch, because I only want to do this once if possible!

          4. Orrin,
            Thanks for the detailed information. With your heavy load – lean towards the 22.5” pitch Bravo I LT. The Mercury Technical rep tested with Warrior last fall and the LT was the best, right out of the box.

          5. Good to hear on the testing with Warrior. I think I just missed having the testing done on my boat at Warrior Fest. There was talk of testing a new prop, but it wasn’t quite available yet for those dates.

  38. Scott,
    I have a 2017 Ranger 621 with 350 Verado on order and am wondering what prop to start with? Boat will have a 6″ hydraulic jackplate and remote kicker.
    Thanks, Trevor

    1. Trevor,
      Ranger is shipping the 621FS and 350 Verado with a 22” pitch Bravo I FS and, in some cases for the lighter loads – the engines are hitting the rev-limiter so they are exchanging for the 23” pitch. I haven’t heard of any 620FS or 621FS running the Bravo I LT yet. But I’m interested. I will be testing the 20” pitch Bravo I LT with Jim Saric the “Muskie Hunter” on his 620FS with 250 Verado Pro. We will compare the 20” pitch BI LT vs the BI FS. Jim doesn’t run a kicker so, without the added weight, the FS may be the winner. My 206 Triton runs better with the FS verses the LT because I don’t have a kicker. After seeing how Chase Parsons prefers the LT over the FS I’m going to point you to the 22.5” pitch Bravo I LT. Let us know what you end up running. Also – if you could share your performance numbers – that would be great!

  39. Hi Scott. I purchased a crestliner 2100 raptor with a 350 verado in the fall. Only had it out a few times. The prop that came with the boat was a 21 pitch enertia. Good performance when it was empty when the sales guys were showing it off. 63.5 mph on gps. When I got all my gear, batteries, trolling motor and fuel in it. Was only getting 59 mph at 6300 rpm. Tried a 21 pitch tempest plus and gained a mile per hour at the same rpm but forgot about the pvs holes(didn’t have them plugged as the prop came off my old pro xs) the boat runs very flat in the water, not much bow lift. Is the bravo lt the answer for that?

    1. Jason,
      The Bravo I LT should be awesome with your rig. Move up to the 22” pitch to achieve similar rpm and look at the engine height. Many companies have the engine set with the AV plate just 1” above boat bottom. With your motor, the AV plate should be closer to 2.5” above bottom. Many boats lose speed after getting loaded up with gear. Switching to the LT will get some of that speed back for you. Enjoy.

  40. Scott
    I have a Triton 216 Fishunter coming with a Verado 300 pro. If I’m not mistaken the boat comes with a 4″ jack plate from the factory. I really would appreciate your help with sitting up this boat with the right prop to obtain the best performance. Thanks

    1. Randy,
      I appreciate you reaching out. To date, we’ve had the best performance with the Bravo I FS. If you run a kicker and power pole that may change it to the Bravo I LT. If the 216 runs like the 206 Triton, stay with the Bravo I FS. The LT picked the stern up too much, forcing the bow down – scrubbing performance. As far as the pitch for the Bravo I FS, ask the dealer what pitch Tempest the factory recommends and move up 1” of pitch. For example, move up from a 21” pitch Tempest to the 22” pitch Bravo I FS. Enjoy the new ride.

  41. Hello Scott,

    here in Europe we don’t have the same boats with US. I have tried several props in my RIB, it’s 8.60 non stepped hull in semi cabin layout and helmsman position at the centre of the boat. The best consumption, rpm, throttle response results came with ENERTIA ECO 18”. The best performance, handling and seakeeping results came from BRAVO 1 FS. The problem was the excessive prop slip when the boat was fully loaded with equipment, gas and water and the top end rpm@wot where at 6100. I have recently tried Bravo 1 LT with light boat and had 6280 and 49.9knots at WOT the weight was 3 adults (300kg) and 200lt of gas. The prop slip was amazingly reduced (from FS) and the seakeeping has been maintained in a very good level compared to FS. I decided to go with Bravo 1 LT 19′ to be on the safe side at summer when the temperatures rise and the weight rises too as the 6280 rpms which i have seen were without 200lt of gas, without boat’s equipment, without water and with 10C degrees. The boat is using bob machine 8” jack plate so i can triy several heights according to the propeller i am using each time. How should i use Enertia ECO 18” and how Bravo 1 LT 19” in outboard height terms? I feel Enertia ECO needs higher jack plate position compared to Bravo FS. What about LT compared to ECO and jack plate heights?

    Thanks in advance..

    1. Giannis,
      Glad we came out the Bravo I LT.There are so many various boat and engine combinations out there. It’s awesome to see the Bravo I LT helps your rig. A 20″ pitch Bravo I LT should offer similar rpm to the 18” pitch ECO. The jack plate height should be determined by you after testing the application. Have fun.

      1. Thanks Scott,

        the problem is that here in Greece the dealer is ordering from Belgium Facility through mercury’s system i would say. They do not have direct communication in order to “ask them” in Belgium to order from USA inside the system procedure.

        What they have told me is that they are not seeing the part numbers for 19 and 19.5 into the system (Belgium)

        1. Giannis,
          I confirmed with Mercury International that Mercury Belgium has the props loaded into their system. However, nothing is on order nor in stock.

  42. Scott, I was reading your comments. I am wondering if you can help me out with the used boat I just bought. It’s a 24 foot Manitou Explode Tri toon. Motor is 2009 300XS L Optimax. It was shipped with a revolution 4 21 pitch prop and has 4 plugs. We are looking to get an extra prop from Mercury Racing. Can you suggest 1 that will get my engine into the RPM zone it was built for? Current WOT is at 5,000. Could you advise on how to run the current prop with plugs and the new prop that you recommend with plugs? Any help that you can give is greatly appreciated. Our family is new to the boating experience. We load our boat with a family of 5 and enjoy skiing and tubing.

    1. Tory,
      Typically, for every 2” of pitch change – there is a 300 rpm change with your 300 XS. With the engine, currently at 5000 rpm, dropping down 4” of pitch increases engine speed by 600 rpm to 5600 rpm. Add another 2” of pitch and you will see a drop to reach 5900 rpm. The recommend rpm range for your motor is 5400 to 6200. If you like the Rev 4, the 17” pitch would get you into the low-end of the range. The 15”-pitch will get you close to where the engine makes peak torque. The PVS vent fittings are primarily used with the Opti engines. The Rev 4 comes with 4 PVS holes plugged. Removing two opposite of each other should help the Opti engines plane quicker. Save the plugs because sometimes – when there’s too much venting during planing – you may have to put one back in. If you have some reservation about the Rev 4, the 3-blade Enertia is also a great pontoon prop. If you make the switch to Enertia (not ECO) plan on running the 16” pitch.

  43. Scott,
    I have a 2015 Ranger 621FS with a 300 hp Evinrude Etec. I also have an Atlas 6″ hydraulic jackplate that when in the center position, the 300 hp cavitation plate is 3.5″ higher then the bottom of the boat.

    Currently I run a 23 Pitch Rev4 (lab finished). Cruising seems to be good at 3800 rpm and 28 mph, jack plate all the way down and trimmed half way up. Wide open is about 50 mph with 3 people and gear, best with jackplate all the way down and motor trimmed all the way up.

    Do you have any recommendations on my boat setup or prop ? It seemed like I got the same performance with a 23 pitch rev4(stock) but the rpms were reduces by 200. My preference is for rough water and slow cruising vs. top end speed. Does the Jackplate measurements seem correct ? Would a Bravo1 LT be recommended ? What pitch ? Thanks.

    1. Steve,
      I think the Bravo I LT would be the best prop on your 621FS. The 25” pitch LT should offer the same RPM as a stock 23” pitch Rev 4. Every 1” change in pitch usually results in a change in engine speed by 150-rpm. For every ½” pitch change plan for a 75-rpm change. So, a 23.5” pitch LT should offer 225 rpm over the performance of the stock 23″ pitch Rev 4. Your gearcase is a little different than a Mercury so I can’t say for sure where it should be but I would think it would be similar in height to the Mercury. As a general rule, the AV plate on a Mercury can be 2″ to 3” above boat bottom. Bolting on the Bravo I LT will be like getting a new boat. Enjoy.

      1. Thanks for the recommendation of the Bravo 1 LT for my 2015 621FS Ranger with a 300hp Etec. I thought I would provide some more data to help firm up the pitch. With the stock 23″ Rev 4 I got the following results:
        Revolution 14 5/8 x 23″, 4 blade, boat weight that day with passengers, 5 batteries, kicker, full livewell, 1/2 tank of gas is estimated at 4400#.
        Air temp 80F
        RPM MPH
        3200 24
        3200 21
        3400 25
        3600 28
        4000 32.5
        4500 40
        5400 52
        5800 56
        The Etec maximum is 6000 rpm. Are you still thinking a 25″ pitch LT is recommended given the new information? How would the cruising speed/fuel economy differ between the LT and stock Rev4 ? Any predictions on LT top end speed ?
        Any recommendations on where to go to test a LT anywhere between Green Bay and Fond Du Lac or does one have to be purchased ?

        1. Steve,
          Thanks for the detailed information. Typically, you can move two inches up in pitch from the stock Rev 4 to the Bravo I LT. However, if the boat is a little slow to plane, a 24” LT should offer 5950 rpm at WOT. A 24.5” LT will offer 5875 to 5900 rpm. If you have no issues planing, then you want to keep the engine speed near 5800 rpm with the 25” LT. You can try Pamp’s Outboard, Ken’s Sports or Merten Marine (in Oshkosh with several props) to see if they have a test program. Being conservative, it looks like you could pick up 1.5 to 2 mph in the mid-range and 2 to 3 mph at the top end.

          1. Well my test results are finally in with my new 24 Pitch LT.
            Based on full tank, normal gear and one 250# driver
            Hole shot very good, 4-5 seconds
            3500 rpm, 25 mph, half trim, just held up on plane
            4000 rpm, 34 mph, 3/4 trim, best on plane performance
            4500 rpm, 39.5 mph, 3/4 trim
            5000 rpm, 45.5 mph, full trim
            5500 rpm, 51.5 mph, full trim
            6000 rpm, 54.5 mph, full trim

            Boat performed best at all rpm’s with jack plate fully down. Slip numbers seem high. Your recommendation for a 25 pitch was spot on. Having a 24 pitch, do you recommended adding cup and what would I expect for results ? With the jackplate always needing to be down, should I be lowering the mounting of the jackplate to the boat ? I can lower two holes yet. Handling was excellent with the LT.

          2. Steve,
            The slip is high. What is the AV plate measurement? Park the boat on level pavement, level the boat using the jack. Hold the level up to the rear of the boat bottom. Once level – measure the distance from the boat bottom to the ground. Next, trim the engine down – placing the level on the AV plate (anti-ventilation plate). Once the AV plate is level, take a measurement from the bottom of the AV plate to the ground. Subtract that measurement from the measurement you got between the boat bottom and the ground. What did you come up with? 2″? 4″?

          3. This is answering your June 9th question on Cavitation location. I have a jackplate so my cavitation plate can be 1 3/8 – 6″ above transom. My boat speeds at all ranges are best when I have the jackplate in the lowest position, which is 1 3/8″ above transom. I even thought about lowering my jackplate the last two holes. It seems the lower I get jackplate the more leverage I have to raise up the boat. My reduced hull drag must more than offset the increased drag of the lowered gear shaft. Your thoughts?

          4. Steve,
            The 3-blade propeller offers improved performance at the lower heights, 4-blade improves performance running higher than the 3-blades.

  44. Hi scott,

    I am in process of purchasing a 22ft Blackjack with a 250 Sho so unfortunately I don’t have any performance numbers to offer you. I was wondering if you had any Idea what prop I should start with??

    1. Nick,
      It’s between the Bravo I FS or Bravo I LT. I think the 3 blade Saltwater series props come on the engines. The 3 blades offer bow lift. I would suggest going with the Bravo I FS unless there isn’t a 4 blade that they offer. If the boat is a little sluggish to get on plane and requires some stern lift along with bow lift, then the LT has a greater chance. Whatever 3 blade pitch comes on the engine – move up one inch to the Bravo I. If I guessed currectly, I’d think it would be the 20.5” Bravo I LT or FS.

  45. Hi Scott,

    are Bravo 19 LT and Bravo 19,5 LT available in Europe Market? We are asking for the props from local dealer in Greece and they not seem available in Belgium premises.

    Thank you

    1. Giannis,
      The props are brand new but, by now, they should be in their system. Be sure to give them the part numbers so they can order the props through Mercury Belgium via Mercury USA. Let me know.

      1. Thanks Scott,
        The problem is that here in Greece the dealer is ordering from Belgium Facility through mercury’s system i would say. They do not have direct communication in order to “ask them” in Belgium to order from USA inside the system procedure.

        What they have told me is that they are not seeing the part numbers for 19 and 19.5 into the system (Belgium)

        1. Giannis,
          I’ve contacted Mercury Belgium making them aware of your request; hopefully we will have a successful outcome.

          1. Hello Scot,

            we have ordered 3 props (19 LT) from Greece but no stock in belgium so far. Is there any chance to have a forecast on when belgium is going to have stock? Thanks again!

          2. Giannis,
            Did your order get filled? I only see one on order for Belgium and one in stock?

  46. hi Scott,
    I have a Triton 206 with a kicker motor, 2016 250 Pro Xs, jack plate from the factory.
    I currently have a 23 pitch Tempest Plus, 3 blade.
    WOT is only 5400rpm trimmed out with with a top speed of 62
    What 4 blade prop and pitch would be best for me, for rough water, and for mid range snap, without sacrificing top end?

    1. Tyler,
      The Bravo I XS will be awesome with your boat. The 206 gets too much stern lift with the LT. If you go with a 23” pitch at the same engine height you should pick up 150 rpm. If you can adjust engine height, the 4 blade likes to run at least ¾” higher than the 3 blade. This should offer additional engine speed; perhaps as much as 100 to 150 more rpm.

  47. Scott,

    I have a 2008 Ranger 620vs. The boat set up is 250 Evenrude H.O. with an 8 inch hydraulic jack plate, Mercury 9.9 kicker, four batteries, trolling motor. I don’t have a lot of gear in the boat. Currently I’m running a Raker 22 pitch that came stock with the boat. Getting the boat on plan can be very difficult and in bad waves even harder. In good weather the boat will run 58-60 mph at 5,800 rpm’s, I’v seen 63 but that is rare. I really would like to go to a four blade but I’m having trouble deciding on what Bravo to run. I would love to have better hole shot and top end. Also looking for better boat response in bad waves. Any help would be much appreciated.


    1. Ryan,
      Your comments regarding on-plane performance and your difficulties running in big water incline me to recommend the Bravo I LT. I think the LT’s longer exhaust tube would enable you to pop the boat up on plane while enhancing boat control and handling over big waves. From the Raker, I’m thinking you can move up 1” of pitch. You would do the same moving from the Mercury Tempest Plus to a Bravo I LT unless you have a jack plate. In that case, plane on a 2” increase in pitch with the ability of raising the engine ¾”. Enjoy.

      1. I got the Bravo 1 FS last summer. I have a Crestliner Intruder 22ft with a Verado Pro 250 6″ Jackplate. I’m at 6450 WOT and 58.8mph with just me in the boat. Would I benefit any going to this prop and should I try going up one more pitch? or .5 pitch? I recently added a 9.9 pro kicker to boat also.

        1. David,
          What pitch FS are you running and how does it plan? If you stayed with the FS going up one inch could offer 1.5 mph and lowering approximately 200 rpm; 6200 is the sweet spot so you have plenty of power.

          1. I’m running a 22p Bravo FS. The boat has an Atlas 6in Hydraulic Jack Plate so I can play with motor height. After reading a bunch of blogs I wondered if the LT version wouldn’t be a better choice.

          2. David,
            It will depend on the boat, engine and set up. What are you running the FS on? Also, what’s you top speed and rpm?

  48. Scott,

    First of all, thank yo for all the information you have provided through this blog. Very helpful. I have a 14 Lund 186 Pro-V GL with a 200 Verado (L4) and running a Enertia 19P. Its rigged with all the tournament gear minus the kicker. During tournaments I run about 48mph @ 6200rpm, hole shot is terrible and I will get some porpoising at mid throttle. The boat also likes to sit down in rough water and a bit of a challenge to keep in on plane at lower speeds. I am also unable to really trim the boat out without prop cavitation, the distance between the bottom of the boat and the AV plate is 2.25″. Bow lift is not an issue as the boat is pretty well balanced. I was looking at going with the Bravo 1 FS 20P but now I’m thinking the LT might be better. I’m looking for all around better performance from hole shot and definitely more topped speed. I appreciate your thoughts on the best propeller choice.


    1. David,
      Engine height is ideal for the 4 blade. I’d go with the 19.5” pitch Bravo I LT. I think the LT will offer better planing, allow for the boat to stay on plan at slower speeds, minimize – if not remove completely the porpoising and improve the overall ride. Top speed may remain the same. You could even gain 1 mph. Your boat was on my radar when I was developing the lower pitch LT. Enjoy.

  49. Hi Scott,

    I’m running a 2016 Ranger 621 FS with a 300 hp yamaha with a 19 pitch Rev 4 currently. I’m getting 53 mph top speed at 5400rpm but that isn’t trimmed all the way up. I’m losing speed the higher I go.(50mph at 5800rpm) I am considering buying a Bravo 1 LT but would like you advice on which pitch I should get and what I need to change on my set up. Thanks!

    1. Brett,
      Typically. a move up two inches to the 21″ offers the same engine rpm when moving from the 19” Rev 4 to the Bravo I LT. Consider your engine height to see how high the AV plate is above the boat bottom. Ideally, the AV plate should be 2” to 2.75” above.

  50. Scott,

    I have a Skeeter 1880 with a Yamaha 200hpdi, along with a kicker, 40gal gas, 101 Terrova and all my gear though I wouldn’t consider it Tourney Loaded. I’m running about 5850rpm at 54 with 2 people, about 56 by myself, and running the stock Yamaha M21 prop. Hole shot is very good and bow lift is pretty decent. Would there be any performance gain moving to a Bravo LT in regards to speed without worsening hole shot and what pitch would you suggest? Thanks

    1. Brad,
      Consider the 22” pitch Bravo I LT which should offer similar rpm to the 21” pitch 3 blade. The hole shot should be just as great – if not better. The mid-range throttle response will be awesome and for top speed – you will want to take advantage of the 4 blade LT. Make sure your AV plate is close to 2.25” to 2.75” above boat bottom. I’m hopeful you’ll see a much better ride and 2 mph speed increase.

  51. Scott,

    I have a 620 fs cup pkg on order with 250 Verado and 9.9 pro kicker. Do you know what prop these are coming with? I have asked my Ranger dealer and they are not sure which prop it will be and I don’t think I can specify. I will mostly be running this boat with 2-3 adults and moderate gear, I also had a ski tow bar installed for the kids. With that being said, what prop and pitch would you suggest for this setup to get the best hole shot, midrange and top end? Thanks Rob

    1. Rob,
      Thanks for pointing out the uses with the Ranger; especially having fun with the kids. Consider the 19.5” pitch Bravo I LT. The four blades – with the longer exhaust tube – will offer quick planing. And for wake boarding, the LT will hold the boat on plane at the slower speeds. If you didn’t have a kicker or are not into water sports, I’d recommend the 20” pitch Bravo I FS with the shorter tube. Enjoy your new rig.

  52. Scott-
    I have an Alumacraft 185 Tournament Sport F150 Yamaha and T8 kicker. Currently turning a stock 19p Reliance between 5600-5700 with some trim left showing around 45-46 on the gps. I have the motor mounted all the way up. Could I benefit from a Bravo 1 FS 20p? My main concern is that it feels like the boat sits down in the water too much unless I’m running wide open. From 3000-4000rpm there can be some porposing depending on the load, and would prefer a prop that addresses this mid range problem and hope for some top end benefit. Thanks!

    1. John,
      Consider the Bravo I LT in 19.5” pitch. The LT should get you close to the current rpm. The long tube will offer very quick planing and it will lift the complete boat out of the water. I am hopeful it will also eliminate porpoising.

  53. Scott,

    I have a Ranger 619 FS with a 225 verado on order. No kicker, 5 AGM’s, 36 V Ulterra, lots of gear and 2 people for the most part. I believe Ranger ships with a 21 P Tempest which I plan on using to break in the engine.
    I would like your opinion as to which prop would be best for this setup. I’m looking for overall good performance, holeshot, handling and even a bit of top end would be nice.


    1. Bernie,
      After the engine is dialed-in and depending on what your rpm is at WOT, plan for a 22” pitch Bravo I FS at a similar rpm. Send us your WOT rpm and speed so we can dial-in the pitch.

  54. Scott, I have a Nitro ZV21 with a Verado 300. The boat tops out about 59.4-60 and can have a little too much elevation on the bow while getting on plane. Bravo 1FS 22. Do you think I would benefit from the LT in a 21.5? Thanks for all of the great info!

    1. Kerry,
      The Bravo I LT is the way to go for reduced bow rise during planing. Stepping down ½” pitch should get you an even quicker hole shot. Expect to pick up 75 to 100 RPM which may increase your speed too.

  55. HI Scott,
    Hoping you can help me. I have a 2025 pro v with a 250 (Was recently chipped by simon motorsports)
    I run a 21p tempest at 6,450rpm and 59.5mph
    I tried a 22p bravo and ran at 6,440rpm and 59.5mph.

    I was thinking I’d see a speed increase with the 22 pitch but overall felt like the tempest performed better.
    I did just check my cavitation plate and it appears to be about 1 inch above the transom. If I move it up what prop pitch in a bravo should I try? Should I see a performance increase from tempest to bravo?

    1. Bill,
      The sweet spot for your engine had been 6100 to 6200 rpm. if it’s still the same with the added work, consider moving up (if it was a Bravo I FS) to a 24” pitch and pick up 2.5 mph.

  56. Hi Scott: I’ve been told you’re the guy to provide the best prop recommendation for my boat.

    I am about to pick up a 2017 Ranger 619FS with a 225 Verado. I’m on Ranger’s and Merc’s pro teams and get a new rig every year, and my previous 619’s have had 225 hp Pro XS’s pushing them. This will be my first Verado. I’m looking for a good hole shot and good mileage at mid-range cruising (~4,000 RPM), and not necessarily highest top end speed.

    I have no idea what prop will show up on my new boat; Ranger likes to rig the 619 with a Rev-4 prop, so I’m being proactive. Thank you for your time and help.

    1. Steve,
      If you’re also running a kicker for sure consider the Bravo I LT. I would probably go with the 20″ pitch (hard to know without having the performance numbers with the Rev 4 and pitch). If you go without a without a kicker consider the Bravo I FS (maybe 21″ pitch). The Bravo I LT and FS are very similar. the only difference is the LT barrel or tube length is longer than the FS. The LT is ideal for offering additional stern lift to support the added weigh of the kicker and lift the complete boat off the water. This will also enhance efficiency, provide better rough water handling and increased top speeds. Have fun with your new rig.

  57. I have a new to me 2009 Ranger 620 with a 250 Verado and 9.9 kicker. I have a 3 blade Tempest 21 pitch and the Verado is mounted on the second hole from the bottom. My top GPS speed is 54 at 5860 RPM’s with a light load. With 3 adults and couple of kids it is a dog out of the hole, sometimes taking 10+ seconds to get on plane (even more with a full livewell). I’ve also had porpoising at mid range RPM’s which I can trim out of.
    I’m considering going to the Rev 4 (19 pitch?) but was also told about this Bravo LT (20 pitch ?). Would love some input and feedback. Thanks!

    1. John,
      Look at the Bravo I LT. This prop will offer the best performance for your set up. And thanks for pointing out the porpoising. The LT should reduce it substantially or eliminate it completely. Since the engine speed is only 5860 rpm with the 21” pitch Tempest, a 21” pitch LT should offer an increase of 150 rpm to 6010 and a 20” pitch LT up another 150 rpm to 6160. Whoever told you to get the 20” pitch LT was spot on. Your engine height will work great with the 4 blade. Bolting on the LT on will be like getting a new boat, enjoy.

      1. Scott,
        Thanks for the reply. I spoke to a touted prop shop in north-central MN and they recommend the Rev 4 (19) over the Bravo LT (20) because they said the Bravo LT was designed for the newer Ranger model years vs my 2009 hull (2009 620/250 VRod/9.9 kicker)- so he recommends the Rev 4. Any thoughts/recommendations?

        1. John,
          Ranger’s FS 620 and 621 with Verado engines are equipped with the short tube Bravo I FS. The Bravo I LT was designed for those older and newer boats that required added support bringing the boat on plane, the longer tube and flare deflects the water down acting like a mini trim tab lifting up the stern. The Rev 4 runs 2” in pitch taller than the Bravo I LT; running the 20” pitch LT will offer 100 to 150 rpm more at WOT than the 19” Rev 4. That means a quicker hole shot.

  58. Hi Scott,
    I wanted to get your opinion on what prop I should run on a 2017 Ranger 621fs with a 350 Verado and a 9.9 kicker, with a Atlas Jack Plate? Thanks

    1. Rick,
      Ranger typically sets the boat up with the 22″ pitch Bravo I FS, but some guys are hitting the rev-limiter or close to it so they put a 23″ pitch on. I’d like to see them run the Bravo I LT in 22.5″ pitch. Pitch size also depends if you have a jack plate. The plate typically allows you to move up 2″ of pitch, which is 2.5 mph increase.

  59. I have a Lund 219 pro v gl with a 350 and Bravo 1 LT (stock from dealer). Do you recommend a jack plate for this set up on Erie? Is there a better set up?

    1. Mike,
      It’s hard to beat the set up you have. However, a 4” jack plate can offer additional benefits. It shifts the engine weight aft for added bow lift. It also enables you to raise or lower the engine to the optimal height (lower for rough and higher for calm conditions). It also allows for moving up 1.5” to 2” of pitch for top end speed increases of 1.5 to 2 mph.

  60. Scott,
    Great comments and info above.

    Lund 186 GL with 175 Verado. Third hole engine mount 2.75-3″ plate above hull. 19P Temptest. 49-50 mph at 6350-6400 rpm, generally trim down out of top speed to not push 6400. Some very minor porpoising around 47 mph to 50. Kicker, 4 batteries, full fuel at 40 gals. Rough water ride is not great in small waves and feels like prop struggles to hold boat from falling between short waves. Hole shot is ok.

    Looking for better ride and increased fuel efficiency. If more speed comes with that, great, but not mandatory. Feels like I could pitch up with those RPMs. Would long tube help? Advice Please.


    1. Chris,
      Thanks for reaching out, my first thought is the 20″ pitch Bravo I FS but then you referenced some porpoising. If it was a great deal of porpoising consider the Bravo I LT, the added length of the barrel and flare will minimize or eliminate it completely. If it is just a small amount stick with the 20” pitch Bravo I FS. Bolting the 4-blade on will be like getting a new boat; it holds the boat on plane at slower speeds and enables you to run through the big waves. The FS lifts the whole boat up to offer a better ride and mid-range fuel economy will improve.

  61. I have a 2014 Ranger 621VS, 300 verado pro, 9.9 kicker. No jack plate. 21 pitch Rev 4
    Loadedwith gear and full tank of fuel get about 57-58 mph and tops out at 5800 -5850 rpm. Can get 5950 with a little chop on the water.
    .With light load and light on fuel can get about 58.5 -59.5 and hit about 5950rpm. With a little chop and light load can maybe reach 6050 rpm and 60.5 mph.
    Would there be much benefit to consider a Bravo LT or the Bravo FS and if so what pitch would u recommend. Thanks

    1. Brian,
      We’d like to see more rpm. At 5800, you’re at the bottom of the range. Running the 21 Bravo I LT, the engine could pick up 250 to 275 rpm. you will also experience improved planing and you could see a top speed around 59 mph. It will only get better with some chop!

  62. Scott

    I am running a 2014 ranger 621 with a windshield and a 300hp Verado and a 21p Bravo FS. The boat runs at 56.3 mph on GPS @ 6000 rpm with three people, full tank and live-well filled. I would like to get the rpm closer to 6400 then 6000 rpm. If I went to a Bravo LT what can I expect and what pitch

    1. Patrick,
      The sweet spot for your 300 Verado is 6100 to 6200 rpm so no need to get it up to 6400. If you did want additional rpm, moving down to the 20″ pitch will offer a gain of 150 to 200 rpm but you will lose .5 mph. Moving over to the Bravo I LT, expect the hole shot to be better with the heaviest of loads, the hole shot of the FS isn’t bad – but the LT is a little better. If you step down in pitch to the 19.5″ LT, plan to see an increase of 225 to 275 rpm. If you’re looking for the best planing and throttle response, go with the 19.5 LT. However, if you’re okay with the current prop – no need to change it.

  63. I’m wondering whether this LT or the FS would work better for my stepped hull Yellowfin 21 Hybrid with a Yamaha VF250 SHO. I’m currently running a 23″ Turbo TXP OFS but have been recommended to try a Bravo FS 24 by other Yellowfin 21 owners. The Turbo runs well but I feel like I’m leaving 4 or 5 mph on the table running at 6000rpm and 68 mph. What do you think? Also, what’s the real difference in an XS and an FS? Is it just the holes? Can you effectively turn an XS into an FS by plugging the holes?

    1. Brian,
      The LT, with its 1/2″ longer flared barrel, might offer too much stern lift (pushing the bow down; changing how the boat rides on the steps). You’ll have to test to find out. The only difference between the FS and XS is the number of vent holes so yes; you could block off all (8) PVS vent holes.


    1. Keith,
      Thanks for reaching out. to keep the same rpm, go with a 26” pitch Bravo I FS. If you want to gain 150 rpm, consider the 25” pitch. The FS version has four (4) vent holes. If the engine needs a little help spooling up, open two vent holes opposite each other by tapping the fittings into the propeller. Keep the fittings in case you need to install one back into the prop. Test raising your engine above the 3-blade setting by approximately .75”. Mounting the engine engine higher will result with quicker planing.

  65. Hi scott
    we talked in the later part 2016. Ihave a Ranger 620 FS with a verado pro 250 & a 9.9 kicker on it .The boat came with a bravo 1 FS prop in a 22 pitch i was having alot of trouble coming out of the hole with it so i contacted ranger and talked to buddy i was telling him all the trouble i was having so he said he would send me a bravo 1 fs in a 20 pitch to see if it would help the boat perform a little better and it did but with 3 people a full tank of fuel and a full livewell im still have trouble get the boat up and on plane. My question for you is would the new bravo 1 LT in a 19 pitch help me get the boat up and on plane faster and if so where can i find one everywhere i have looked they carry 20 pitch and up i cant find one in a 19. I dont really care about speed i just want a prop that will perform better than the FS 20 prop i have now. Ty for your time.

    1. Tom,
      Sorry to hear about the planing issue and yes, the LT will help your situation, part # 8M0126236. It’s hard to keep them on the shelf, and this time of the year we are building to what’s on order. Once ordered it should take 3 weeks before we ship to the dealer.

  66. Hello scott!
    I have a 2016 lund 219 pro v gl with a mercury verado 350. Mercury 15hp kicker. Has bravo 22 factory prop. Around 6000 rpm 56-57mph full fuel, full livewell, fully loaded, 4 adults. Very poor hole shot. What u reccomend fir better hole shot and gained top speed?

    1. Londell,
      Drop to the 20” pitch Bravo I LT. The lower pitch will offer added rpm at wide open throttle, which translates to more torque and power for planing heavy loads; the longer tube or barrel acts like a mini trim tab aiding the planing performance.

  67. I am currently running a 21 Bravo FS on my Ranger 522d. Bow lift, top speed , hole shot are all good. My problem is when adding a full livewell and a third angler the back end wants to squat at mid range speeds not allowing me to keep the nose down at full negative trim. Would the LT provide any stern lift with negative trim and force the nose down better than the FS?

  68. Hello everyone!!

    I have just taken delivery of a 2017 621/350 verado combo. This boat is rigged fairly light, with an ultrex up front, 4 batteries, no kicker, and 2 10′ power poles. It also has a 6″ atlas jack plate. Consistent with what was stated earlier, it came with a 22″ bravo fs. I’m seeing decent performance for speed, 62.8 @ 6550 rpms. Hole shot is great, handling ok, more lift would surely be nice. We need to pull those rpms down and I’m wondering if a switch to the LT is beneficial, or ANY other prop for that matter. More bow and stern lift, and overall more “bite” – I’m looking for some “hook up” – this current setup is real quick to spin. I had a 25″ bravo from a flashed 250 verado/620 that I tried, that went about the same speed 63.2, but hole shot was terrible as well as handling. I wish they made a 23″ 4 blade fury, the 24″ on the 620 sure made me smile….

    Appreciate the help!!

    1. Benjamin,
      Ranger equips your rig with the 22” FS and for the lighter loads switches to the 23” FS; they have tried the LT preferring the FS. Plan for a 150 to 200 rpm drop running the 23” pitch FS.

  69. I TRIED the bravo 1 lt 28 pitch this prop will not get out the hole not enough venting, mercury should have made it with dual pvs like the bravo 1 xs. I currently own a 27.5 bravo 1 xs this prop turns 6000 at 73-74 on my 2012 z8 250 pro xs. the 28 lt only ran 5500 at 71-72 with no holeshot disappointed on purchasing this prop

    1. Sam,
      Thanks for showing the readers how important eight vent holes are for 2-stroke outboards. The primary market for the Bravo I LT is 150 to 400R horsepower four stroke outboards with the lower pitch supporting the 2-stroke outboards. The lower pitch LT’s don’t require as much venting as trying to swing a larger pitch but trying to make a 2-stroke swing 28” pitch prop for one revolution is a challenge. Thanks for also pointing out the negative effects of the LT’s longer barrel compared to the Bravo I XS short barrel. The LT’s flare on your Z8 causes drag scrubbing speed and rpm, the flare picks up the boats stern pushing the bow down. Frank & Jimmies Prop Shop in Ft. Lauderdale could add vent holes and reduce the length of the barrel.

  70. Scott,

    Running a 2017 621FS with 350 Verado. Mechanical jack plate. With 1/2 tank and two people getting about 62-63 MPH at about 6150 RPM’s. Was happy with hole shot and overall performance. Running a Bravo I 22 pitch model number 48-931910. Dinged it last weekend so looking at having the prop worked and using as a back up. When looking at new props, I see the Bravo I which matches my number closely. I also see a Bravo I FS Pro along with a Bravo I LT Pro listed. Not sure what the differences are but would appreciate your input on the prop you would recommend. Thanks.

    1. Dan,
      You’re running the Bravo I FS part number 8M0064450, that’s the best of all the Bravo I models.

  71. Scott,

    I run a Ranger 619FS w/Yamaha 225 4.2L, kicker, 5.5″ jackplate, full fuel, etc. Boat came with 19p Tempest = 5800+ rpms, loose when WOT. I purchased a 20p Bravo FS and lost rpm’s compared to the Tempest, best was 5700rpms, very difficult to steer when WOT even at various motor height settings. I’m considering a 19p, 19.5p or 20p Bravo LT thinking that I might see improved bow lift and rpm’s over the 20p Bravo FS, similar to the improvements noticed during Tom Bauer’s test runs. How noticeable is the added bow lift of the LT compared to the FS? What pitch would you recommend for my application? Thanks

    1. Dustin,
      The new Rangers with light weight motors seem to run better with the LT, the FS is better with the Verado. Any chance you can share the engine heights you were testing, I’d like to understand the steering torque? Consider the 19.5” pitch.

      1. Trying to get an old girl feisty again.
        2004 Pathfinder 2200 TE
        2004 200 hpdi
        Original prop m-21 3 blade has been reworked once now dinged and showing use.
        Bobs hydraulic jack plate 6″
        Former performance 55 mph 5800 rpm
        Present perfomance 50 mph 5200 rpm
        I have always felt the boat needed some stern lift as it always needed a little tab as not to porpoise while cruising.
        Looking around I think a Bravo 1 LT 22P might bring some spring back to her.
        Any ideas that will not suffer at the top end. Do not want top end to fall below 50 mph and would hope that increase rpm might add a few mph even going to 4 blade.

        1. Walter,
          The LT is a great stern lifting prop. Your current rpm with the repaired prop makes it difficult to select which pitch but I’d consider the 21” pitch LT. Speed and rpm should pick up.

  72. Scott,
    With the 20p FS I tried various motor heights in 1/4″ increments from 2.5″-3.5″ pad to AV plate. It was difficult to steer at WOT at all settings. The Bravo FS preferred the motor a little lower during my testing. The 19p Tempest runs pretty good on the boat with excellent bow lift, but that can be a detriment in rough water. With the Tempest I’ve been running a little over 3″ pad to AV plate. I was thinking the 19.5p Bravo LT might be a good prop and pitch to try, probably in 1/4″ increments between 3″-3.5″ pad to AV plate.

  73. Scott

    I have a 2016 Ranger 621 FS with a Yamaha 300 and 9.9 kicker. It came with a mercury Revolution 4 19 pitch. Trimmed out and pegged it hits 5200 rpm @49 mph, loaded with tons of musky gear and 2 guys (typical). Is there a better solution/recommendation with the Bravo1 LT?



    1. Jacob,
      Running the Mercury’s most of the guys are using the Bravo I FS but in your case consider the 19.5″ pitch LT. Compared to the Rev 4 the 19.5 should offer the rpm you need.

  74. Scott, how does the Bravo I LT compare to a std bravo I, rpm wise and bow lift? I have a 240 ProCat seaark (aluminum 15deg hull with the consoles 2/3 of the way up). It has a 250ho evinrude (sorry!) an I could use more bow lift. I have not had a chance to get my hands on my old 22p Bravo from my old 225 but the std 24 I have is just a tad talL could use approx 200 more rpm. . If the 2 styles run comparable rpms, dropping to 23p LT should gain me approx 200rpm? This hull/ engine will turn the 24p at 53-5400 w/1.85 ratio lower at 58mph. I ran out of light tonight but also have a 23 tempest and a 21 rev 4( prob too low)

    1. Mike,
      It sounds like you have the boat pretty well set up as is. With your current setup you are running a good slip rate of 13% and 5400 rpm is at the low end of the peak power range. Switching to the Bravo LT over a standard Bravo will give you the increase in RPM you are looking for while running the same pitch.

  75. Hi Scott, I have a 2017 Triton 186 Allure with a 150 HP 4 stroke using a Enerica 18 pitch. Top speed is only 46 and still not much better hole shot then the Tempest 19 that came with my boat. Would a 4 blade offer better big water control and hole shot? would I lose much top end?

    1. Wayne,
      Assuming you are running a Mercury motor, your performance is very respectable for that boat. What RPMs are you turning at your top speed? Switching to our 20 pitch Bravo I FS could give you two more mph and offer better handling.

      1. Yes a Mercury 150 HP. It is topping out at 5650. Dealer said this boat and moter combination usually will run 49-50. I would also like a little better hole shot. Dealer doesn’t think my motor can turn the f’s-1 fast enough. Would also like a little better hook up .
        It is close just not quite where I would like it to be

        1. Wayne,
          We have several 150 customers running the Bravo I FS and LT. Look at the 19” pitch B1 LT and also check out your engine height. If the AV plate is 1” or less above boat bottom, consider raising the engine one hole to maximize the performance.

  76. I have a WX-2060 with the SHO 250 and 9.9 kicker on 8” setback (factory package). I currently have a yamaha saltwater 19. The boat does fine overall but has a tendency to porpoise. I cannot use any trim whatsoever until I hit 44 mph or else it will porpoise. Would the LT help this? The current setup tops out at 57mph at ~6k rpm. I would also like to reduce the speed it takes to be on-plane as I currently have to go 24mph to stay on plane. I have spoken with other owners who have had success running the Bravo FS1 20” but no one has tried the LT1. Do you think the LT could help these issues?

    1. Jay Tee,
      The Bravo I LT will minimize the propoising and help stay on plane at slower speeds. Good to hear the FS is working too.

      1. Please pardon the ignorance but going too large of a pitch would hurt holeshot and the 250 may not be able to reach full RPM thereby losing top end but the pitch wont have any any effect on the minimum planing speed as that is more of a prop design and blade issue, correct?
        The boat comes factory with a 15.25 x 19 pitch Yamaha Saltwater series II ss 3 blade. It would be ideal to fix the handling issues and perhaps gain a little top end but the handling issue are the first priority. I have not tried any other props so I am trying to learn from your insights you have provided to others above. I am inclined to guess that moving from a three blade prop to an LT1 would mean increasing the pitch by 1 to 1.5? So I am guessing that an LT1 20 or 20.5 would be the preferred prop pitch?
        So in this scenario what size would you recommend when switching to the Mercury LT1? Do you suspect that I will see any speed gains as an added bonus?

        1. Jay,
          When moving from the large diameter 19” pitch to the B1 LT, consider moving up 1” of pitch to achieve similar rpm as the 3-blade. Pitch for pitch – the Bravo props will run a little higher rpm compared to the 3-blade. Expect to see improved hole shot with less bow rise, better mid-range fuel economy and hopefully increase top speed by 1.5 mph.

  77. I have a 16 Lund 186 Pro-V GL with a 200 Verado (L4) and running a Tempest 19P. Its rigged with all the tournament gear including a 9.9 pro. I run about 48mph @ 6200rpm, hole shot is terrible and I will get some porpoising at mid throttle. The boat also likes to sit down in rough water and a bit of a challenge to keep in on plane at lower speeds. I am also unable to really trim the boat out without prop cavitation.. Bow lift is not an issue as the boat is pretty well balanced. I was looking at going with the Bravo 1 LT 20P, I’m looking for all around better performance from hole shot and maybe more topped speed. I appreciate your thoughts on the best propeller choice. I have discussed this with others and everyone has an opinion. This is the first time I have repropped boat and want to get it right the first time. Lots of money to figure out its not what you want. So here I am talking to the pro’s. Earlier in this blog you recommended a 19.5.P to a guy same boat same issues but he didn’t have a kicker. Does that kicker make that much difference in prop pitch. OLD guy but still a rookie!!!

    1. Larry,
      I’ll agree on the Bravo I LT for your set up. Consider the 19.5″ because of you sluggish hole shot. The LT will reduce or eliminate the porpoising. Also look at the engine height. If the AV plate is 1″ or less below the boat bottom, consider raising one hole.

  78. Hi Scott, I have a Anytec 622 SP with a 150 HP 4 stroke using a Bravo 1FS 20 pitch.
    Do you thing that one bravo 1LT 20 will perform better than the FS 20
    in mid range and top speed

    1. Claude,
      The B1 LT might offer a little more than the FS with you boat. The longer barrel of the LT offers added stern lift which can offer more lift for the entire boat. The longer barrel acts like a trim tab which can improve planing and, if the entire boat lifts – this should translate to increased mid-range fuel economy. It’s hard to say what’s going to happen at WOT. Would the LT cause too much stern lift – pushing the bow down? Only way to find out is to try it.

  79. hey Scott how are you doing
    I have a 27 boat tried the normal bravo 1 22p and I have the normal optimax 250 , my rpm without trim is 4770 , and my maximum speed with trim I got 56 miles , what size do u recomend me to use and witch one of them the xs or the lt do u recommend me ? and I just want to make sure how much my av plate should be to the bottom of the boat ?

    1. Mohamed,
      Running the numbers, something doesn’t look right. Using 22” pitch, 1.75 gear ratio, 4770 rpm at 56 mph, the slip calculator shows 1.38% slip when it should be closer to 12%. The mile-per-hour conversion from 56 knots is 49 which equates to 13.7%. This is much more appropriate. Your tach could be off or your engine is spinning close to 5400 rpm. Can you verify and get back?

  80. Ordering a 2018 Lund 202 Pro V with a 300 pro and I want to make sure I get the correct pitch Bravo LT. usually a light load and two on board. No kicker motor. What would you suggest?

    1. Gregg,
      What pitch Bravo I FS or LT does Lund recommend? My guess is 19.5” to 20” pitch if you don’t have a jack plate; let’s see what they recommend.

  81. Scott,
    Have a 20 lake and bay boca grande with a 2006 250xs. Running a 25 tempest plus and getting 76.3 mph @ 5960 rpm under a medium load. 30 gal of fuel and just myself in boat. Problem I am having is the prop blows out in turns and when getting on a plane with a full tourney load. Wanted to go to a bravo 1 xs but not sure to go with the 26 or 26.5. Thanks for your help.

    1. Kevin,
      Move up to the 26” pitch to equal the same rpm as the Tempest. There is no reason you couldn’t drop 75-80 rpm (5800-5900 rpm is the sweet spot for your motor). A 26.5” Tempest will get you there.

  82. I’m going to purchase a Ranger 621 FS with 350 Verado. No kicker motor. I know Ranger will send it with their preferred prop, probably a Bravo 1 22 pitch. Can you tell me what prop you recommend for this boat? I’m looking for the best of everything, holes shot, top end, rough water handling, and overall handling. Is the LT a better prop for this boat? If so, what pitch would you recommend?

    1. Mike,
      It should come dialed in with the Bravo I FS 22” pitch. I’ve heard of guys trying the LT. The only area where it appears to perform better is with a jack plate and 3 to 4 passengers. Not actually experiencing it myself, my thought is with the engine setback – the longer barrel offers added stern lift. The LT is creating more lift for the entire boat which enhances performance and handling while under load.

      1. I will have a 6″ manual Jackplate on the boat. I won’t be carrying excessive loads, occasionally will have 4 people in the boat (1-2 times per year) but the standard will be myself and 1 partner.

        Thank you,

        1. Mike,
          You’ll have to test! It’s too tough to call which way to go; Bravo I FS or LT. I haven’t tested nor worked with anyone that added a 6” jack plate. Setting the motor back 4” offers the opportunity of moving up 1” to 2” of pitch. Using the 6” plate, which moves the motor back another 2” could result with the LT offering better performance by creating added stern lift. Consider a 24” pitch. Testing is the only way to figure this out. Good luck and keep us informed.

  83. Scott
    I have a 2012 Ranger Reata 1850 RS with a 175 Verado. No kicker, terrova 80 with batteries up front. It currently has a rev4 21″ prop on it. Under normal conditions at WOT is around 48 mph at 5900 RPMs. loaded with four adults, full gear and full livewell at WOT is 45-46 at 57-5800 RPMs. Alone under best conditions around 51 MPH at 6000-6100 RPMs. The holeshot is poor at best and I have cavitation when turning at mid to higher speeds. The steering of the boat is also much more difficult at the mid speeds or watersport speeds. The AV plate measures 2.25″. We use our boat for family fun pulling skis and tubes, fishing in smaller lakes but also going to big waters like Lake of the Woods. I am not to terribly concerned about top speed but more towards overall performance. What prop would you recommend? Would the right prop help correct my steering issues? Thank you.

    1. Brad,
      I’ve talked with several Reata owners and out of all the props. they prefer the Bravo I LT. Go with the 21-inch pitch Bravo I LT. It will enable you to reach the upper end of your engine’s recommended operating RPM. This helps planing and slower speeds – especially for water sports activities. The larger diameter should stay hooked up in turns as well.

  84. Hi Scott,

    I’m ordering a Ranger 2080MS Angler with a 250 Verado. No kicker, but 4 batteries. The 3 trolling batteries are moved forward as compared to the 620FS, they sit in the middle of the boat just in front of the driver and passenger. Will also have a 6″ Atlas Jackplate. I have the option of choosing a prop, it comes standard with a 21″ Tempest. With the extra weight up front, I assume I need to find some bow lift to get better top speed. I don’t run in the great lakes much, so I’m not very worried about rough water handling. Was thinking of the 21″ Bravo LT, but the dealer also thinks the tempest may be better. Any thoughts on which prop might work best? I know it’s a bit difficult as I don’t have any test numbers yet! Appreciate any help.

    1. Ross,
      The 3-blade does offer greater bow lift over the 4-blade. It can be a hindrance for planing or running at slower speeds. The 3-blade can lift the bow too high – affecting your line of site for a few seconds while getting on plane. The 4-blade pops the boat on plane with minimal bow lift. Consider the Bravo I FS in 21” pitch verses the LT; the FS has a shorter barrel which offers increased bow lift over the LT (for this boat). Have fun.

  85. I have a 2014 620 vs, a 250 Evinrude HO with a 8″ Bob’s jack plate [ Bravo 1 FS 24″ ] A 15HpHO kicker Fully tourney loaded it runs 5150rpms I’m looking for 5500-5600 rpms and more stern lift in rough water I was thinking of 22″ LT Any recommendations

    1. Terry,
      You’re spot on with the LT. The long tube with flare does offer added stern lift. Dropping 2” of pitch picks up 300 rpm taking your motor to 5450. The 21” pitch will increase rpm right where you want it to be.

  86. I have Skeeter WX2100 with 250 PRO XS. It currently has a 21 pitch REV 4. Boat comes on plane pretty nice. Tops out at 54mph at 5250rpm. Boat wants to porpoise some if running at mid throttle. Boat has a kicker on back, 3 batteries up front, usually a full load of gear, along with both tanks being pretty full of gas. Do you think I would be able to get more rpm and a flatter boat running mid throttle, with a 21pitch BRAVO 1 LT?

    1. Dan,
      Good idea to look at the Bravo I LT. The LT’s flare at the end of the barrel will offer added stern lift minimizing the mid-range porpoise; expect to pick up 200 to 250 rpm.

  87. I just bought a new Alumacraft Competitor 205 with a 250 SHO. Which prop, pitch, and engine height would you recommend? The only info I have is from the Yamaha performance bulletin:

    I would mostly be running fairly light, 2 adults, 2 children, 36V trolling motor, 1 Talon. I’m looking for best all around performance, but also want good speed for the couple tournaments I fish.

    1. Travis,
      Look at the 19″ pitch Bravo I LT. Many boat manufacturers hang the engines low which can increase drag from the gearcases. Eat can have an affect on ride and handling as well. In your case, raising the engine 2 holes (1.5″) while running the 4-blade will offer a smoother ride along with increased mid-range fuel economy and possibly tack on 2 mph.

      1. Hi Scott,

        My boat ended up coming with a 21P Reliance prop, with engine mounted in the 3rd hole, about 1″ above boat bottom. Running completely empty, just me, just over 1/4 tank fuel, empty livewells, I can get 5750rpm and just over 56mph. Tourney load I can get 5700rpm, and 53.5mph. Any heavier than that I still get 5700rpm, but lose speed, down to 50mph with 4 adults and 20 gallons of water in front livewell. In all cases I get prop slip in even mild cornering, up to 5900-6000 easily. I have no problem getting out of the hole no matter the weight, 2 guys and empty boat I hit 40mph in about 3 seconds.

        I still have 1 hole left to raise my motor, but didn’t want to try with the prop slip I already have running the 3 blade prop now. I’d like to be able to gain a few mph and bring my rpm up closer to 6000. I thought I’d wait for some real world numbers before ordering a new prop to be as accurate as possible.


        1. Travis,
          With the boat level and the engine level – your measurement (from the AV plate (just above the prop) to the floor) and then subtracting the boat bottom measurement to the floor is only 1”. I’d recommend going up to the last hole if you’re switching to the Bravo I LT. You can try it at the current height but you’ll get a better ride and performance with the engine up higher. If you stay with a 21” pitch, plan to pick up 100 to 150 rpm. When running the 22” pitch, you’ll see similar rpm to the 3-blade. Keep in mind, you’ll pickup rpm if you raise the motor one hole. Consider the 22” pitch.

  88. Hey Scott, I really need your help. I own a 2018 Blazer Bay 675 Ultimate Bay w/Mercury 300XS. I can’t seem to find the right prop. I’ve tried the Bravo 1 xs 27″ & 29″, neither with the performance I’m looking for. The 29″ ran @ 5400 69.2 mph. The 27″ ran @ 5700 68.5 mph. HELP! I want to run my motor around 6000-6200 rpm and get above 70 mph. What prop do you recommend? Thx

    1. David,
      Sorry, I don’t have experience with this set-up. A 3-blade might offer you the best top speeds. Consider the 25″ pitch Fury 25” or a 26″ pitch Tempest.

  89. Hi Scott,
    I have a 2017 Lund 1975 pro v with 200 l6 pro verado. I’m currently running a 20 pitch bravo 1 FS. I’m getting 5900 rpm at 52 mph. Light load 2 guys and full fuel tank. I also have a 19 pitch tempest, runs 6000 rpm at 50.5 mph. Looking for more rpms and speed if possible as I will soon have 3 guys tournament load in the boat. Av plate is 2.5 inches from the bottom of the boat. Any advise would be appreciated.

    1. Brad,
      The Verado rpm range is 5800 to 6400. With the current load – you’re in the range. Adding the 3 guys with gear should lower the rpm a little; not sure how much until you try. If the engine falls below 5800 – check out the 19” pitch Bravo I LT. The engine should pick up 80 to 100 rpm; hopefully enough to get above 5800.

    1. Ronald,
      Mercury has the Bravo I OC for Skaters running 300XS and older engines. The Bravo I LT, with its long barrel, should pick up the stern more than desired. The Bravo I OC has 1″ cut off the barrel reducing the amount of stern lift for better WOT speeds and boat control. If the 400R is used then it’s the Max 5 and the ultimate – the CNC Cleaver.

  90. Hi Scott,

    I have a Hallett 210 (21′ Straight V) Big block, 600 hp, bravo drive and sport master -2 lower, shaft is 5″ below keel. 5800 rpm limit.
    I would like to know what you would recommend for a prop. Prior to installing the sport master I had a 26p Bravo 1 and had significant chine walk and max rpm was 5200, went back to my old standby a 23p mirage plus to 78.2 at 5800 rpm, and much better control but stern seamed buried, stepped up to a 25p mirage plus and lost about 500 rpm. switching to the – 2 sport master got some of that rpm back but prop blows out easily. Last prop I tried is a 24p four blade from a local shop. That prop got me back to my rpm limit & 79.5 mph. mid range acceleration with any of the above props is excellent. The four blade has no cavitation issues with the shorter drive and the boat seems to ride closer to level but does require a good bit of tab to be stable. Would you recommend a prop with or without the diffuser ring?

    1. Camden,
      Consider the Bravo I FS. The FS’s shorter barrel will offer added bow lift. The standard Bravo I with flared barrel can offer more stern lift than necessary. Lifting the stern pushes the bow down. A way to compensate is over trimming but that scrubs speed and produces poor handling. If you still have the 26” Bravo I, consider running it to document the rpm range at WOT. The correct FS pitch will be determined where you want the engine rpm at WOT. Whatever the 26” B1 offers – a 25” FS should offer 300 to 400 rpm increase.

      1. Scott
        Thank You for the reply. I traded my 26″ Bravo 1 for a mirage plus 25p. The 26p bravo 1 was at 5200 rpm with the standard Bravo lower, never did get a chance to try the Bravo 1 with the -2 sport master lower. I will let you know how the Bravo 1 FS
        works out for my boat. I am going to start with a 26p.

  91. Scott I have a 2017 1875 Lund pro-v bass. 200hp mercury Verdado I4. 6″ atlas hydraulic jackplate. 22p tempist plus. Cavitation plate is 2.25″ above the hull all leveled out and jackplate all the way down. It runs about 53mphs @ 6100 rpms. It also porpoises pretty bad. Lund says that rig will do 59 mphs. So far I havent came close. Thanks

    1. Ryan,
      Changing the angle of the boat as it runs through the water will minimize and possibly eliminate porpoising. The 3-blade offers all bow lift while 4-blades pick the stern up. As the stern is lifted it changes the angle of the boat as it runs through the water. The Bravo I FS, with its short barrel – will pick the stern up higher than the 3-blade – changing the angle the boat runs through the water. The Bravo I LT will pick the stern up even more – pushing the bow down. The trick is to decide which 4-blade to go with. I’m leaning toward the FS for your Lund. On your initial test run with the FS – keep your engine height the same at 2.25”. You may end up with it up to 1” higher, testing will tell. As for the pitch I’m thinking the 22”. You will see some rpm gain because of the design of the FS. Raising the engine .75” typically offers a 100 rpm increase. Enjoy.

  92. ave a 2013 620VS with a 250 offshore. I’m looking to change my prop to a Bravo FS or LT. I just put a Bob’s 6″ hydraulic plate and I run 2 yamaha props now. The boat runs heavy with a 9.9 kicker, 4 group 31 batteries and generally loaded with gear.
    The numbers I have with the Saltwater II SDS 21P WOT 55-5600 rpms 54-56mph, a bit poochy hole shot and loose at WOT. My other prop is Pro Series M21 WOT 57-5800 rpm and 57-58 mph better hole shot and loose at WOT. This is with full tank of gas and 2 people and gear. More than 2 people and I’m at the low end in RPM and MPH and an worse hole shot. I have good bow lift and actually believe my rig is too light on the bow.
    Motor is mounted 3rd hole down on the plate and I have only ran the rig 1 time with the plate, didn’t see much difference than w/o the plate but real wasn’t expecting much with the Saltwater II 3 blade prop. I do believe the Bravo 1 FS or LT will be the game changer in handling, performance (hole shot and stability at WOT) and maybe a a little top end. I believe I will be able to run the motor higher with the Bravo which should also give a few more rpm’s.
    I have received several recommendations from 1st hand experience with almost identical rigs along with a Rick the prop guru and there is a range of opinions, Rev4 19P, Bravo LT 20p (high altitude) and Bravo FS 22P. I originally thought it was the LT that I wanted but I’m leaning more towards the FS. I’m looking to improve hole shot, quicker on plane, slower planing speeds to improve boat handling in rough water, better boat control at WOT and be able to hit 59-6000 rpm’s. I’m convinced the Bravo 1 FS or LT will provide this with the right pitch.
    Here’s my thoughts, if I compare the the numbers I get with Saltwater II SDS 21P at 55-5600 rpm’s I need the gain 300-400+ rpm’s. I know I will gain 50-100 rpm’s with the jack plate (ability to run the motor higher w/ the Bravo) so I need a pitch that will gain another 200-300+ rpm’s. Does this figure to be a 21P or? Would you recommend a FS or LT?
    Enough said and thanks for your help.

    1. Jim,
      I think you’re spot on with the 21-inch pitch. I also lean toward the Bravo I FS for your rig.

  93. Scott,

    I have a 2015 Ranger 621FS with a Yamaha 300, 9.9 kicker, atlas jack plate, 5 group 31 optimas, driver is 305lbs along with 1-2 passengers. Came from factory with Yamaha Saltwater series 21P prop. 52-5300RPMs at 51MPH. What do you recommend? Thanks for the help.

    1. Marshal,
      Check your engine height. In most cases, the AV plate should be at least 2.25-inches above the boat bottom. At the current height, the Bravo I FS 20-inch pitch would help – along with getting the engine rpm up higher. If you raise the engine, you will typically see a gain in rpm. You can move up to the 21-inch pitch Bravo I FS.

  94. Scott,
    I have a Lund 189 Prov GL with a Verado Pro 200 and a 9.9 kicker. Currently the prop is an Enertia 19. Hole shot is ok, top end is 50 +/- depending on load…..overall not bad. My last couple boats I had a Rev 4 on one and a Brave Fs on one. I loved the low planing speed and the control in big waves. What would you recommend for this setup? Hole shot and top end are important but control and ride are on top of the list.
    Thank you, Steve J

    1. Steve,
      If you are generating 6200 plus rpm with the Enertia, consider the 19″ pitch Bravo I LT. You could try the 17P Rev 4 but speed will drop compared to the LT. Both props expect to drop 100 to 150. Enjoy the LT.

  95. Hi Scott, I have a Lund 219, 300 Vrod all the way up, 15 Kicker, full load and gas, and me 270 lbs. I am running the stock 19P Enertia and have poor hole shot, hard to stay on plane under 20mph, okay mid range, and 60.7 mph at W.O.T. of 6300 rpm’s. I am wondering what to try FS or LT and in what pitch 20-22. I’m thinking 21 LT. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks, Peter

    1. Peter,
      Consider the 19P Bravo I LT because the Enertia is a small 14″ diameter prop; expect to drop 100 to 150 rpm moving to the 19P LT. You’ll really enjoy the 4-blade LT from hole shot, planing at slower speeds, ride and how the boat cuts through the water along with top speed.

  96. Scott
    I sold my Lund that I had excellent performance with a bravo 1 FS. Bought a new 2019 Ranger 1880MS with the 200-hp v8 pro xs. It has a tempest 19p and runs 54-55mph depending on the load at 6000rpm. Just got it yesterday but already thinking of a bravo LT. Planning on a kicker so thinking bravo 1 LT 19.5” or 20”? Do you have any experience with this combination?

  97. Got more hours on the 200 v8. 6200 rpm 55mph with 2 people in the boat full of gas. Motor is in hole 3 but haven’t measured the height above cavitation. The tempest has approx 1/4” hole plugs in it and the boat gets on plane in about 2 seconds

  98. I talked my dealer into trying the bravo 1 LT 21 pitch they had in stock. Full of gas with batteries, trolling motor, gear and me (200#) 5800 rpm 56mph. 1/4 tank of fuel it ran 57. Motor is in the 3rd hole where it came from ranger. It pops right up on plane and holds at 5000rpm until it gets trimmed up. Since I’m going to add a 9.9 kicker I’m thinking 20p LT? Would like your expert opinion before I order.

    1. Bill, thanks for the great amount of information on your setup, sounds like a fun boat! You were right on the money with your first guess- the 19.5 pitch LT. With the added weight of the kicker, we want to keep your RPMs above 5900 so the 19.5 should work great for you.


        1. Bill,
          Thank you for the order! For best performance, consider moving your motor so that the cavitation plate is between 2.75 and 3.5 inches above the bottom of your boat. As always, make sure to have the boat and trailer on a flat surface, and use your trailer jack to ensure it is level.


      1. Turns out the ranger tach reads 350 rpm high. Never got the 19.5p lt as they are on backorder. Tried a 20p lt and it runs 5700/55-56mph gps. It needs a 19p lt at most in my opinion.

        1. Bill,
          Did you end up raising your motor to the appropriate height before testing? If the 20 pitch only got you to 5700, the 19 will not give you enough for the gain you are looking for. The four blade propellers really need to be elevated in order to achieve desired rpm.


          1. Prop to pad is approx 3.25”. I can get a little more rpm if I trim more but it slows the boat down. I agree it needs an 18.5”. I’ll try my 19 tempest again with the accurate tach and see what it does.

          2. Bill,
            Sorry I think we may have lost one of your comments with current site maintenance. Did you end up getting some accurate test results with the new tach?


          3. Nick
            The motor is at the correct height in hole 4 cav plate at 3.25” above bottom of boat. 5650rpm 55-56mph gps, 19 pitch tempest 5850rpm 54-55mph, Rev 4 18pitch 6050rpm 53-54mph. The way it drives with the rev 4 I feel like I could raise the motor to the top hole to get the rpms right and may be able to get 55 out of it. Holeshot with the rev4 is awesome.

  99. Scott I have a 2018 ranger 2080ms with a 250 verado 15 kicker 36 volt trolling motor all my testing has been with 1/2 fuel 2 men I’m 350 and fishing partner 250 lbs. boat came with 21 tempest slow on hole shot and top end. Then tried 21 bravo fs great hole shot and boat lift only could get 51mph at 6200 rpm then tried 22 bravo fs speed went up to 53.9 and rpm to 6000. Scratching my head don’t know if I should move motor up one hole and try these props again right now it’s in the 3rd hole can’t go downI hit power steering but can go down 2 holes. Would the 22 bravo lt show any better results? I don’t have any type of jack plate on boat. Thanks for expert thoughts. Brian

    1. Brian,
      In a light load you boat is a 57 MPH ride, with the load you’re carrying the 22″ pitch looks impressive, not sure I’d change a thing, unless you have a Bravo I LT to try.

  100. Scott I have a 2018 ranger 2080ms with a 250 verado 15 kicker 36 volt trolling motor all my testing has been with 1/2 fuel 2 men I’m 350 and fishing partner 250 lbs. boat came with 21 tempest slow on hole shot and top end. Then tried 21 bravo fs great hole shot and boat lift only could get 51mph at 6200 rpm then tried 22 bravo fs speed went up to 53.9 and rpm to 6000. Scratching my head don’t know if I should move motor up one hole and try these props again right now it’s in the 3rd hole can’t go downI hit power steering but can go up2 holes. Would the 22 bravo lt show any better results? I don’t have any type of jack plate on boat. Thanks for expert thoughts. Brian

    1. Brian,
      Although it seems like the 22 pitch Bravo FS may be the prop of choice for you, we could use a little more information to make sure. Do you know what you are running for engine height? To measure this, use your trailer jack to level out your boat, then level out the trim on your motor. Measure the distance in height from the ground to the cavitation plate on your gear case, and then from the ground to the bottom of the boat. Generally, you will want to be between 2.75 and 3.5 inches difference to achieve the best performance on your style of boat.


  101. I have a 2018 Ranger 620FS with a 250 pro verado, manual jack plate, no kicker, but i do have a 12′ Talon. anyway i have a Bravo 1 22 Pitch prop of some sort, not sure if it is a standard? Or FS OR LT? The # on the prop is 48-831910 22P is there a way to mease what i have to find out? I managed to mess the prop up on a boat launch and would like to replace it with the same one unless there is a better option. I’m Running about 6100 RPM and getting 61mph with 2 guys fully loaded but low on fuel, otherwise 60mph.Holeshot is great unless the rear livewell is full, and bow lift seems great at wot.

    1. Trevor,
      Sorry about your prop. The 831910 number refers to the casting it started out life as, something that it will have in commmon with any other 22 pitch Bravo prop. The FS will have 4 vent holes and the total length of the barrel is 6 3/4″, there should also be a small “FS” stamped on the inside of the barrel. The LT has a 1/2″ longer barrel. The part number for the 22 pitch FS is 8M0064450.


  102. Scott,

    I have been running the the Bravo 1 FS 26P and am very happy with the overall performance. Not the fastest prop but close, performs well in most all conditions, never blows out when turning to retrieve skiers and carry’s the boat well thru 1 to 2′ chop. I would like to know how to determine the prop slip with the prop calculator. Do I use the stated 26 pitch or actual pitch which seems to be around 24.5″?

  103. I have a 2008 Lund 186 GL Fisherman with a 175 Verado and 9.9 kicker. Currently running a 19 pitch Laser 2. Av plate is 1” from bottom. Decent hole shot, mild porpising at low to mid speed and not the best rough water ride. Doesn’t seem to push through the waves well. I can trim the motor almost all the way up without any cavitation. I’m seeing near 50mph at 6100-6200 rpm with light load, tourney load 46-47. Considering FS1 20 pitch, want all around better performance. Would this be a good choice? Thanks

    1. David,
      The 3-blade has a fair amount of slip (not hooking up that well); the 4-blade would improve your performance. The engine rpm should reduce to 6000 with speeds coming in at 48-49 mph heavy and 50-51 mph light. I would think the 4-blade would change the angle minimizing the porpoising. The ride should be improved also with better fuel economy in the mid-range.

  104. Thank you for the response. Can’t wait to give it a try. Being that my AV plate is only 1” above the bottom of my boat currently how far should I raise the motor for the bravo fs1? Thank you, Dave

    1. David,

      Consider raising your motor one hole on the transom, or 3/4″. The Bravo FS will be able to stay hooked up at higher engine heights, giving you more RPM and top speed.


  105. Sir, I have a 2002 Skeeter ZX 250. Upgrades engine to Mercury 225 Sport XS with 1.62 sport master gear case. Six inch set back with 5″ jack-plate. run 2.5 below pad, Started with 25p Trophy. hole shot not great has slip. Top end 5200 at 66mph. Ran numbers on prop calculator 14%. I think the Bravo 1 XS is what I need for a heavy boat. Engine needs to operate in 5850 range. 5200 to low.. Need some bow lift also. What Bravo 1 XS would you start with. Thank You

    1. Steve,

      You may want to consider switching to a different gear case. Running a Sport Master in an application below 80 mph will actually cause you to be slower. However, with your current setup, I think you are spot on in considering the Bravo I XS. You are going to be able to raise the motor higher by running the Bravo I XS, also increasing your RPM. If you run a 23 pitch Bravo I XS and raise your engine 3/4 inch, you can expect to hit your 5850 rpm and 69-70 mph.


  106. I have a 2017 Lund 2025 Impact XS with the 200 Verado Pro L6 on the back. It has 3 batteries up front and two in the back. It’s full of gear and pulls double duty for fishing and family time. The boat is often loaded with 3-4 guys fishing or 6-8 people for water sports. It has a tempest plus 19p now getting great all around performance and 52+ at 5850-5900 rpm. My problem is the slipping when turning at low speeds. Looking for advice on the LT or FS. I understand where the engine height will need to be when going to the 4 blade. Just need to decide what bravo to buy. Thanks.

    1. Jeff,

      Consider the 19 pitch Bravo I LT. The longer barrel will help to carry the weight, more so than the Bravo I FS. Your ride quality and handling will greatly improve. Just for referenec, you will most likely end up around 2.5″ cav plate to boat bottom. That could be one or two holes from where you are now. Happy boating,


  107. We are ordering a ranger 621fs with 350 Mercury Verado and a Mercury 15 EFI kicker. We will have no jack plate and are trying to decide between the 22p bravo1 FS or the LT. What differences would we see between the two and which would give better overall performance?

  108. Hello,

    I have a ranger reata 210 fish and ski with 225 OptiMax and 23p tempest @ 5600ish RPM (5750 max) and about 57-58 mph loaded. I put a 4th battery and I’m putting a hydraulic plate on the back. Tried 22p tempest and it was slower I think it had less cupping based on comparing it to my 23p. I have decent bow lift but now I have a bunch of extra weight in the back with the 4th battery and a 15’ Talon. Also the lower I put my motor the better the performance (manual jack plate now) The LT seems like it might be a good solution but I have never ran a 4 blade to have comparison numbers. What LT prop would you recommend ?

    1. Chad,
      Typically, the Rangers run better top speeds with the Bravo I FS and I’d look at the 23″ pitch. The LT tends to lift the stern pushing the bow down and at WOT that could scrub 2 mph. The 4-blade will help you take advantage of the jack plate, usually the plate is set .75″ above the 3-blade sweet spot.

  109. I am buying a 2019 Crestliner 1850 Fish Hawk, with the new V6 200hp four stroke, and am curious about the Bravo LT props. Currently it is recommended to put the tempest 19p on it, and in the boat house bulletin for this setup it is getting 52mph at 5650RPM (link below). I will likely have 1 more trolling motor battery up front and a 15hp kicker at the rear, this is assuming a 24V system and no kicker on the boathouse test boat. I will also be carrying along with full tournament gear. I am assuming I will lose a couple hundred RPM and a couple MPH when I have the boat fully loaded. My question is, will the Bravo 1 LT provide any benefits for a smaller boat loaded down like this, and what pitch should I be looking at?

    I am fine with buying the tempest plus but am always looking for a little extra where I can get it.

    Boat house bulletin link

    1. Evan,
      The 19″ pitch Bravo I LT should be awesome, it will offer a little more rpm than the 19″ pitch Tempest, offer great hole shot, carry the added weight of the kicker and offer a great ride.

  110. Counter rotation? Do you sell the bravo l LT in counter rotation. Your website says you do, but no serial numbers can be found.

    1. Sorry Jason. I found the issue. The info sheet was not the most current. The LT is available in RH and LH models. The current sheet is now uploaded to the site.

  111. I have a 2013 Lund 186 Tyee GL with a 200 Verado L4 and a 9.9 kicker with a Minnkota Terrova on the bow. Currently running with the 19P Tempest but slow out of the hole with a lot of bow lift, hard to hold on plane at mid-range speed pulling tubers or knee-boarders, and has a tendency to porpoise pretty bad at WOT in less than perfect conditions. That being said, I’m getting 50-51 mph on gps at ~6200 rpm in the right conditions. There is a post further up this thread regarding the same boat/motor setup, but doesn’t identify a kicker or trolling motor, and with a recommendation to try the 20P Bravo 1 FS. From what I’ve been reading to this point, I’m inclined to think I’d benefit from the Bravo 1 LT instead due to the extra weight I’m carrying, but I’d like to hear the expert opinion. Boat’s in storage so I can’t verify the distance between bottom of hull and anti-ventilation right now, but I understand it should be 2.25-2.5″ above bottom optimally if I move to the 4 blade. Thanks for any insight and recommendations.


    1. Mike,

      You will love the performance of the Bravo I LT. The long barrel will help with both planing performance and keeping the boat on plane at low speeds. For water sports and better planing, consider the 19 pitch, for top end speed go with the 20. You will most likely have to raise the engine one hole from factory height.


  112. I have a Lund 186 gl with a tuned up 175 verado. I’m currently running a 19 p rev 4 that hits 6350 rpm and 51.5 mph. That’s with 2 guys, full tourney gear, and a kicker. I spend alot of time with 4 people in boat. I plan on moving the motor up one hole as it currently sits at 1.75”. Would a FS or LT be better for my setup and what pitch would you suggest? 21.5 or 22?

    Thanks, Jay

    1. Jay,

      When we plug your data into our slip calculator, we get 6% slip, that’s an awesome number for your setup. I wouldn’t change props or engine height.


  113. I have a 2004 Ranger 621 with a 05 250 verado and 9.9 kicker. I am currently running a 21 tempest I run about 6100 rpm’s at WOT at about 54 mph. Wondering if you would recommend the FS or the LT and what pitch. Thank you!

    1. Cody,

      Consider the 22 pitch Bravo I FS. Are you running a jack plate? For the four blade propeller, it will be most beneficial to have your engine raised one hole on the transom compared to factory height. For reference, the AV plate at the top of the gear case should measure 2.25 to 2.75 inches above boat bottom.


    1. Cody,

      You still have about 300 RPM to play with on top end, switching to the 22 pitch Bravo I FS will give you 100-150 more RPM and reduce your slip.


  114. I have a Lund 202 Pro V gl with 300 Verado. I currently have a 3 blade enertia 19 pitch prop. I run 55 mph at 6200 rpm. The engine is currenty set at 2″ above bottom of the hull. I am able to raise the motor one more hole. I have a slow hole shot with a full livewell. I think I need a Bravo 1 LT prop. I am wondering what pitch would be best.

    Thank you,


    1. John,

      Sounds like a fun rig for fishing. The 21 pitch Bravo I LT has really become a great prop for the Lund 202. You will want to raise your engine to the top hole when running the Bravo. Most guys are seeing 60 mph all day long with that prop. Your hole shot will also improve with the longer flared barrel of the LT.


      1. Thanks Nick for the information. I will raise my motor. I do have a question about rpm’s. By going up 2 inches in pitch will I be turning enough rpm’s. I am also going from 3 blades to 4. I just want to be sure when I order a prop.



        1. John,

          Switching from the Enertia to the Bravo will not cause you to lose RPM, just due to the fact that the Bravos run very light in pitch. I would think you can expect about the same RPM at wide open throttle with the 21 pitch, after you raise the engine. If hole shot is the most important, you can go with the 20 pitch Bravo I LT.


  115. Nick,
    I have a 2016 Verado Pro 4. I just wanted to run it by you before ordering a Bravo 1 LT prop. I see that I forgot to mention the year of my Verado. Thanks for all of you help.


    1. John,

      Thanks, the same recommendation still stands. It will be the 20 pitch Bravo I LT for improved holeshot and top end, and you could see slightly faster top end with the 21 pitch. We can be fairly certain with your setup because we have done a lot of testing with that hull.


  116. Hello. I just picked up my new 2019 620 FS with a 250 pro xs. The boat has a hydraulic plate and came with the stock 21” tempest. Is the bravo 1 lt a good choice for me?

    1. Jason,

      Congrats on the new boat. Can you share current RPM and speed at wide open throttle? The Bravo I FS should be a great prop for your setup. The four blades and 15.25 inch diameter will help you utilize your jack plate for better top end speed and handling. Initial thought is a 22 pitch, but more data will help to figure that out.


      1. We still have 20” of ice up here so I don’t pick it up until this Saturday. I do not have any data yet. I can switch out props before I pick it up so I was hoping for a best guess for now. Top end and fuel mileage would be great.

          1. I finally have had a chance to try my set up out. My tempest is getting 5800 rpm and 57 mph consistently. I cant seem to use my jackplate much as it seems to just blow out my prop when I lift it up at all. I can only lift my plate 1-1.5 inches and then my rpms shoot up and I slow down to 51 mph. Also holeshot is ok but not great. Any suggestions?

          2. Jason,

            Consider my original recommendation of the 22 pitch Bravo I FS. The extra diameter and fourth blade will help utilize your jack plate by staying hooked up at higher engine heights. Typically hole shot improves as well, expect to gain 2+ mph on top end.


  117. I just picked up a new 2019 620 fs with the 250 pro xs 4 stroke with 15 hp kicker. It came with a 21 tempest on it. Boat will be used for guiding and tourney fishing. So usual load is 3-4 people and gear, full tank of gas. What would you recommend in the bravo line of props?

    1. Kyle,

      Congrats on the new boat, consider the Bravo I LT to help carry your hull when it is loaded for improved handling and hole shot. What is your engine height and performance data at wide open throttle? The new 5.44 HD gear case will need to be elevated higher than the 4.88 Verado case it is replacing. Since you are running heavy, you will be in the 20.5-21 pitch range. More data would tell us which.


      1. Nick,
        It has. 6” atlas jack plate on it. This last weekend fished a tournament and was only getting 54 mph @ 5700 rpm’s. Put the partner on the live well and we could get an extra 4 mph.

        1. Kyle,

          Consider the 20 pitch Bravo I LT. This prop will be a great work horse for you. The step down in pitch, fourth blade, and long barrel will all work together to give you improved hole shot, acceleration, and handling. Very small gains on top end, but I think it will suit your needs well.


          1. Thanks Nick I’ll check it out. What would you recommend as a speed prop? I’ve heard to try the FS?

          2. Kyle,

            You may pick up 1 mph with the 20.5 pitch LT, but with your heavy loads and the 15 hp kicker, the 20 pitch should be the ticket.


  118. I’m running a 2014 Nitro ZV21 with a 300HP VERADO, 9,9 rear kicker motor, 36dc trolling motor and 1.75:1 gear ratio. It came with a Tempest Plus 21″ pitch prop. Fully loaded it’s only running 52 mph at 5700 rpm’s. What prop do you recommend?

    1. Paul,

      Most guys are switching to the Bravo I LT and raising their engine up one hole on the transom, or using a 4 inch jack plate to raise the engine. A 21 pitch Bravo I LT will net you 150 more RPM than the Tempest, raising the engine 3/4″ will net you an additional 100 RPM. Expect to gain 2-3 mph and have much better handling in rough water.


  119. Nick, First off thank you for all your help on here. I have a 2019 Lund 2025 Impact with the new V8 200 Pro Xs, three batteries up front and one in the back. I’d call it a standard load in the boat. Looking for the best Prop/pitch for speed. Thank you.

    1. Brad,

      No problem, always here to help. If you are looking for top end speed, consider the 20 pitch Bravo I FS. Another big factor will be your engine height, because Lund sets them up to run a three blade propeller, you will most likely need to raise the engine one or two holes on the transom. The easiest way to measure height will be to measure from your cavitation plate to the ground and from the boat bottom to the ground, and subtract the difference (make sure everything is level). Your cavitation plate should be at least 2.5 inches above boat bottom. With the new 5.44″ HD gear case, you may need to go as high as 3.25″ above. Enjoy the new V8, sounds like an awesome fishing rig!


  120. I have a ranger 2016 ms 1880 with a 150 four stoke mercury motor. My current propeller is a 17 tempest turning 5900 rpm at 42 mph. Motor cav plate is in mounted 2.5 inches above bottom. What other props would you suggest for better speed ? I have tried a 19 tempest with very little noticeable difference. Would a fs or a lt be better for my application and which pitch should I consider?

    1. David,

      I think you are pretty close on top end speed. With a 19 pitch Bravo I LT you can expect about a 2 mph increase, but the big benefits with come quicker hole shot and ride quality through the mid range.


  121. Hi, I’m running a Warrior 208 with 350 Verado and 9.9 kicker. Cav plate +2.75/3″ above hull. I read through all of the posts from the warriors do you have any results with a 23-24″ bravo lt?

      1. What rpm is ideal? 6350? I’m pulling about 5800 rpms at 55/56mph with the 22.5 LT and trimmed way up throwing a roost to get the speed and rpm. Cav plate looks like its sitting perfect on the water when planed out. 21.5 lt?

        1. AJ,

          It depends on the setup, but the sweet spot on the L6 Verados is 6100-6200. Sounds like a 20.5 pitch will be on the money for your setup, stepping down to the 21.5 will only give you 150 more rpm. Top end will be about the same as the 22.5 but you hole shot and mid range will improve quite a bit with the 20.5 pitch. Did you just buy the 22.5? Can you swap the dealer for a 20.5?


  122. Hey Scott

    I have a 2019 triton fishunter 206 with mercury 250 proXs four stroke… 23 tempest plus

    57 mph@5600rpm

    Witch bravo 1 prop do you think I should try?

    I’m always a medium load guy.. never light..

    Thanks in advance!!



    1. Pete,

      Here’s my thoughts on your other post:

      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.

      One more thing to mention, through our preliminary testing with the V8 we found that hole shot is optimal with two of the opposing vent plugs removed and keeping the other two in.


      1. Nick,

        After reading this post I have a question. I’m not sure if Pete has a kicker on his boat but I have a 2019 Triton 206 Allure with a 250 ProXs Fourstroke and 15 ProKicker. The boat came with a 22p Tempest plus and I was getting 60.5 at a little over 5800 rpm. I switched to a 23p Bravo 1 FS and raised the engine 3/4” so currently the anti-ventilation plate is 4.5” above the bottom and I’m getting 60.2 at about the same rpm. I never have a light load do you think a 22P would be a better option? Or is it possible that the engine is too high? I’ve tried several different heights and it doesn’t seem to change much.

        1. Tim,

          That all sounds reasonable. 12% slip on the Tempest and 16% on the Bravo. I think you can expect about the same top end speed with a lower pitch, but your hole shot will improve. The Bravo should help you stay hooked up in turns and improve ride quality. Have you tried higher than 4.5″?

  123. Hi,
    Looking at putting a Bravo I FS or a Bravo 1 LT on a new 2018 Triton 186 Allure with a 150 Mercury Four Stroke. The stock prop is a 19P Tempest. Seems the 20P Bravo I FS gets recommended as a replacement for the 19P Tempest. Curious if it’s the same for an LT in a 20P being equivalent to a 19P Tempest? Or would a 19P LT be equivalent to a 19P Tempest.

    1. Matt,

      For most applications, the 20 pitch Bravo I FS will be the direct replacement, it also considered a bow-lifting propeller. To get the most out of the Bravo, you will have to check your engine height. If the cavitation plate is around 1 inch or less above the bottom, it will be beneficial to raise the motor up one hole on the transom. The Bravo I FS and the LT both run the same in terms of pitch, the LT simply has the longer barrel for additional stern lift.


  124. I have a 2014 2075 pro v with a 250 verado pro chipped by Simmons motorsports and raised two holes from the factory settings. I’m currently running a bravo 1 fs getting 62mph at 6500-6550rpms. My boat is fully loaded with kicker, trolling motor and full tournament gear. I need to go up in pitch to get my rpms down, I’m just not sure if I need a 23 or 24. I’m also considering switching from the fs to the lt and would like to know which one you recommend. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!!

    1. Jeff,

      If you are most interested in top end speed, I would stick with the FS. The LT will improve hole shot and mid range when loaded down. You can step up two inches of pitch, which I assume would land you at 24 pitch. Your motor in stock form has a sweet spot at 6100 RPM. I’m not sure what all Simmon did besides raise the limiter.


  125. Hi,
    Boat I’m looking at buying currently has a 2016 Mercury 150HP Four Stroke, spinning a 17P Enertia (non ECO). The motor looks to be mounted too low.

    What’s the difference in RPMs going from a 17P Enertia to a 19P Bravo LT?

    Additionally, how many RPMs gained by raising the motor one hole? I think I’ll be able to raise the motor two or possibly three holes. Hoping I’ll be able to get to similar RPMs with the Bravo LT and raising the motor as currently with the 17P Enertia.


    1. Hi Matt,
      At the same height the 19″ pitch Bravo I LT should drop 300, possibly 400 rpm. Raising the engine one hole (.75″) typically raises 80 to 100 rpm. With boat and engine level, a 50-mph boat can have the AV plate 1.5″ to 2″ above boat bottom. Have fun.

  126. Scott,

    I’ve enjoyed reading all the threads but never saw my boat to help guide me. I have a 2012 Ranger 2050 w/ a 225 ProXS that I’ve had for almost one year. It has 3 batteries and a 9.9 kicker. Engine is in middle hole (3” bottom to cavitation plate). My main water is Lake Erie and Lake St Clair. Currently running a Tempest Plus 21p w/ the 3 large PVS . The hole shot is poor and I’m not getting much bow lift. Too speed is not my concern. It’s a struggle to get it up on the trailer. I have a Rev 4 19 pitch as a back up I’ve not tried yet. Any suggestions you have to help would be appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Hi Jamie,
      For big water the 21″ pitch Bravo I LT would be a great prop for you. The flare of the barrel acts like a mini trim tab bringing the boat on plan quickly, keeps it on plan at slower speeds and better boat control running the big water. If you go this route take all (4) vent fittings out for the best hole shot. But you already have the 19″ pitch Rev 4, so give it a run and be sure to take out at least two of the solid vent fittings (opposite each other) for the hole shot. Have fun.

  127. Hi, I am currently running a 2018 Ranger 620 250 Pro Verado with a stock 22 pitch Bravo I, 15hp efi kicker. Under heavy loads (full fuel, 2 bigger guys 225lb ea, full gear, full live well) I am seeing 53mph at 5750 RPM’s WOT and a sub par hole shot. At lighter loads (half tank of gas, empty live well) I am seeing 56mph at 5900 RPM’s. Wondering I could see better performance with either a Bravo LT or possibly a lower pitch Bravo FS. Any suggestions on this matter would be greatly appreciated.


    1. Derek,

      What is your engine height? The cavitation plate should be at least 2 1/4 inches above boat bottom. That being said, the 21 pitch Bravo I LT will be a great choice for your heavier loads. If you end up raising your engine, consider the 22 pitch LT.


  128. Hi,
    I’m curently running a Crestliner Raptor 1850 TE with a Optimax 175 ProXs and Tempest plus 19p. the engine is mounted on the fourth hole. No kicker, front mount Terrova, 3 battery. top speed of 49 MPH at 5600 RPM with half tank, 2 guy, full gear and a full livewell. Ride is ok, can run to near full trim but no much change pass 6 out of 10 on the trim gage. Absolute best was at 50 MPH but I didn’t remember the RPM.

    Can a 4 blade be of any use? , Any comment will be apreciate, thank for your time.

    PS, excuse my englsih It’s not my language.

    1. Israël,

      I think you have it dialed in, I wouldn’t change a thing. 14% slip is great for your setup and you are within the recommended RPM range for your motor.


  129. I have a 2016 Ranger 2080LS with a ETEC 250HO G2 mounted in the bottom hole, no kicker, 5 batteries. It currently runs 61-62 with a light load at 5750 RPMs (6000 is max) running a 22″ RX4, Would I be able to gain any performance going to the Bravo prop? If so, would you recommend the FS or LT and what pitch?


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