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BillD posted 06-10-2002 07:07 PM ET (US)   Profile for BillD   Send Email to BillD  
I am thinking of buying an aluminum prop for my 2000 18 Outrage with a Mercury Optimax 150. It currently has a perfectly good SS Mercury Mirage with a pitch of 17 on it. Should I just get a Mercury Aluminum prop with the same specs or should a get a different pitch (say for when I have a heavy load or am skiing)? or is there something better available.

The current prop seams pretty well matched to the boat.

My thinking is this ... the boat and the waters I am using it in are both new to me (and more so to the other "captains") and I would rather damage a cheap prop while experiance is gained instead of the SS prop. At the end of the season I would switch back to the SS prop and keep the Aluminum as a spare.

While I do realize the better choice is not to hit things with the prop I am trying to get some other people more comfortable with handleing the boat and accidents do happen.

Chaps posted 06-11-2002 12:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chaps  Send Email to Chaps     
I bought an aluminum QRJ 4 blade from Propco to replace a stainless wheel that was stolen off my boat and I love it. Smooth as silk and decent hole shot. Light weight is easier on the running gear when shifting alot too, no clunking. Won't go back to stainless. Also bought one of their lower pitch 3 blade workboat style props for when I really get loaded down w/divers & gear - fabulous. $260 for both.

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