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Old 13 October 2013, 17:48   #11
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I will look up the rpm range I wonder if the rpm is hitting the limiter therefore there may be some more slack to be had
5250-6250 rpm range
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Old 13 October 2013, 18:15   #12
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The rpm range for the mariner is 5400-6100
So a 1 inch rise possibly more??
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This was taken from handbook so I guess this is correct
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If max wot is 6.1 K stay there, bear in mind that as soon you add more weight or passengers the rpm will drop accordingly. Besides nobody in it's riight mind runs wot all the time, just for a quicker plane if moving more weight or passengers.

Have been reading some tech discussions stating that going lets say 1 pitch down will not rise rpm 150-200 more, seems way more, don't plan investing on a new prop to find out this...

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How about an actual test result to muddy up the water.

15 HP Yamaha 2 stroke, 14 ft fiberglass boat yielded 5500 RPM with 9.75 pitch prop and 6,000 with 9 in pitch prop. That 3/4 inch difference in pitch yielded 500 RPM difference which agrees with your observation.

Oh, and I am one of those not in his right mind. All my 2 stroke motors below 18 HP have been normally run at WOT. They are tools to me which are kept in tip top condition, as I am a fisherman not a pleasure boater The larger motors are run at cruising speed.

I am a prop nut who changes props for different purposes. My rigs have one prop for heavy loads and another for general purpose. I like to get all the goody out of my motors without straining them When we sold the 15 HP Evinrude, it had three props for different services, all of which were useful from a light inflatable to the 14 footer with grandchildren aboard. Someone stole the fourth prop which was a barge prop used when the motor was on a large boat as an auxiliary.

Come to think of it, we have three props for the 30 HP Merc. One is fine for a heavily loaded boat, the other is for my wife and I fishing, and the third ended up as a disappointment good for high mileage but not much else. Too much diameter and cavitates easily.
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I agree normally carrying passengers etc will reduce the boats performance radically especially with only 20 hp to play with but i often go twenty or thirty miles on each outing lightly loaded and dare i say at full throttle .
my engine has burned on average 2.3 litres of fuel per hour since new, I like to cruise at 18 mph and my plan was to use the lower part of max rpm (5400) to achieve this speed to save on wear and tear and give a higher top speed (everybody wants that)
My boat weighs around 160 kg including engine and gear ,the manufacturer select the prop for an average boat and load and i am guessing that the average boat and load used is heavier than this.
On family days the standard prop could be refitted
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The volume lever is there to be used as long as the lube is good why not
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The only way you will know for sure is to try the prop. I do agree with Loco that you are not in a bad way with the prop you already have and that it is a good choice capable of good service with a heavier load in the boat.

By my actual experience with props on my 15 HP, I saw a 500 RPM drop with 3/4" change in pitch, so the common rule of thumb can lead you astray.
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What difference did your change make to your boat performance
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Frank,

Good to read that you have lots of spare props to change accordingly for overall weight you will be carying, that's the way to go and quite an investment on it's own. So you agree that 150-200 +,- per pitch increase or decrease is not a rule of thumb, right.

Factory delivered props on portable motors usually delivers full factory stated max wot rpm and sometimes slightly passes when used on light boats, that's ok.

My Tohatsu 18 used on a 420 light rib produces max stated 5800 rpm with me alone, with 3 boaters the rpm drops to 5500, will nearly lug the engine with 4. As this is not the club rib, just my personal toy, usually go out myself and extra boater.

Running between 3/4 to full throtttle, the speed difference is not that great, max 1-2 knots, but fuel consumption increases quite a bit running over 3/4 for extended time periods. Have my + vote if you need to reach fishing spot ASAP and fuel cost is not an issue for your economy.-

Have seen 150-200 rpm per pitch difference advertised on prop shops, seems it's kind of way wrong rule of thumb...

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