
ContinuousWave Whaler Moderated Discussion Areas ContinuousWave: Whaler Performance prop recommendation

Author  Topic: prop recommendation 
cdnturbo 
posted 10292002 03:13 PM ET (US)
What is the recommended prop for a Mercury 200 hp on a 1989 20' Outrage? 
jimh 
posted 10292002 11:06 PM ET (US)
If the total weight of the boat is known, you can estimate the maximum speed potential with 200HP. Knowing the maximum speed potential, you can then calculate the propeller pitch necessary, making allowances for the lower unit gear ratio and maximum rated crankcase speed. This is all explained in the series of articles in the REFERENCE section on propellers. If you will post the additional data, I would be glad to work through these calculations for you. NEED: Total weight of boat 
cdnturbo 
posted 10292002 11:35 PM ET (US)
the weight would be a standard 1989 20" outrage max rpm 5800 gaer ratio 1.86:1 
jimh 
posted 10302002 01:15 PM ET (US)
Re: the weight. You need to include the following in your weight calculation: Hull weight (1850# for 20Outrage. I looked this up in the REFERENCE Section article on SPECIFICATIONS.) Once you collect your weights and total them, use the formula shown in the Reference section to determine potential speed based on horsepower (200). See http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/prop2.html 
Bigshot 
posted 10302002 02:45 PM ET (US)
Easier yet....what are you running now? Merc props should have a little 19P or 21P on the side or top under nut. What Rpm are you running WOT? 
jimh 
posted 10302002 02:48 PM ET (US)
I know that there is a very high probability that the answer we'll get will be in the range of 19 to 21 inches of pitch, but by explaining the process it allows others to learn how to make these calculations. You can always visit the Mercury website and use their propeller calculator/predictors, too. 
jimh 
posted 10302002 07:12 PM ET (US)
To keep this moving forward, I'll just take a guess at some of these numbers for the example at hand. WEIGHT Total Horsepower = 200 Using the formula with a hull factor of about 200, this gives a speed potential of about 46 MPH. Now we take this info to the Propeller Calculator, entering: MAX RPM = 5800 The answer is 17.3 inch pitch. Note that this is for a rather heavy load case. 
Bigshot 
posted 10312002 10:19 AM ET (US)
I never had much luck with the calculators....just trial & error. 
Sal DiMercurio 
posted 10312002 09:52 PM ET (US)
Jimh explained that very well, but the engine needs a 14.25x19 to reach 5,800 rpms trimmed out, with a medium load, providing the engine is mounted up on the 2nd or 3rd set of holes. If you going to be carrying heavy loads, you will need a 17 or 18 pitch prop. Sal 
jimh 
posted 11012002 08:56 AM ET (US)
I should also mention the fine table of information created by Whaler enthusiast Peter Elke. Pete has precalculated the speed potential for most Whaler hulls when powered at their maximum recommended horsepower. See Pete's fine work at: http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/performancePrediction.html I noticed that Pete used a value of 180 for the hull factor. That is probably more appropriate for the Outrage20 hull. The hull is more of a constantdeadrise moderate vee hull than a "classic" Whaler style hull. 
Sal DiMercurio 
posted 11022002 12:55 AM ET (US)
Looks like he also used 4 stroke weights, as a 4 stroke 200 hp weighs 636 lbs, a 2 stroke is 500. His speeds are a little slow, unless he's figuring the newer outrage hulls. Mine is a 1980 V20 & my 200 FICHT [ putting out 222 hp at the prop, per dyno at OMC test center ]is pushing her at 60.3 mph, shot on police radar on 3 seperate runs. Of coarse my engine is up 3 holes with a Stiletto 14.25 x 21 s/s at 6,000 rpms, ultra light load. This engine has been torn down at least 4 times, & gone through & redone by OMC instructors, every nut & bolt has been torqued & retorqued to perfection, so it might not be fair to compare to an assembly line engine. Don't forget, the 80s outrage bottoms are much flatter then the newer boats, thus far more speed, but much harder riding. Sal Sal 
jimh 
posted 11022002 10:28 AM ET (US)
In the Reference article the author states "Engine weights are based on weights in recent Mercury and Bombardier catalogues for typical engines of the maximum rated horsepower for each model." I don't think there are many 200HP 4stroke engines in there because at the time he compiled the list there weren't any available. The V20 Outrage hull is different from the 20Outrage, the 22Outrage, and the 25Outrage, all of which have greater deadrise (deeper vee) in their hulls. The 20 and 22 foot hulls have the same deadrise. I think the 25foot hull may have greater deadrise. Some of the newer models with an AccuTrack hull may have greater deadrise than the Outrage hulls from the 1980's. Sal's boat, the V20 has the least deadrise of any of the Whaler Outrages. The boat being discussed, cdnturbo's 1989 20Outrage, has a different hull than the 1980 V20 Outrage, and it has more deadrise than Sal's boat. Sal, those are very interesting numbers on the Ficht engine horsepower. Of course, I am curious to know how you got such a custombuilt Ficht engine. Can you reveal the story behind that? 
Sal DiMercurio 
posted 11022002 09:15 PM ET (US)
Jim, i really can't say how I was able to buy the engine. It was legal, but I was told not to say how I got it, as it's not for everyone, just in the right place, at the right time & knowing the right person. All I can say is, it was a test engine for OMC, had 13 hours on it, putting out 222 hp at the prop, [ not uncommon ]. Omc was notorious for putting 100 hp stickers on 120s, & 150 decals on 165 hp engines. All the engine manufacturers are allowed 10% hp over what it says on the engine, but some exceed that. The merc 250 is actually putting out 280, instead of the 275250 + 10% = 25 hp = 275 hp. My 2000200hp FICHT cost me $7,500 in June of 2000, with full warranty, absolutly "NO" problems in just under 500 hours. One "VERY, VERY ", powerful engine on my boat, like putting a 25 hp on a canoe rated for a 10 hp max.....she flies. Sal 
Sal DiMercurio 
posted 11022002 09:19 PM ET (US)
The freshwater 225 FICHT weighs 498 lbs, the offshore series weighs 504 lbs. The 4 stroke 225 Yamaha weighs exactly 636 lbs, [ thats the weight he used ]. I don't know of any 2 stroke 225 that exceeds 504 lbs. Sal 
Bigshot 
posted 11042002 11:15 AM ET (US)
From evinrude's website V6's(200250hp) with FichtŪ Ram Injection Weight lbs: 200hp 25" 514 & 30" 518lbs Yamaha 250HPDi weighs 543lbs. Mercury 225 Opticrap is 531 25" and 547lbs 30" Now you know the facts! 4 strokes are not that much heavier than DFI units. Mercury is now actively comparing DFI to 4 strokes in advertisement campaigns and shows the benefits of both designs. 
Swellmonster 
posted 11062002 11:58 AM ET (US)
1998 20 O/R, 225 EFI. 19 prop could only get 5200. 17 prop rocks! Major diff in holeshot, get my proper rpms trimed out. 
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