Sorry this is my bug bear
, Ive heard so many people bank sharply in a rib to the point that the engine ventilates but peole say "Oh the engines cavitating"
Ive never seen a RIB Propeller cavitate (if you did you would see cavitation burn on the blades - pitting)
Ventilation is where air is mainly drawn in from the surface this is mainly due to suppliers putting short shaft engines on a rib that requires a long shaft, hence you often see that the transom (the strongest bit) has been cut down to take the engine. Its how to bodge!
Directly ablove the propeller is a horizontal flat plate this is the AVP plate "Anti Ventilation Plate" designed to try and prevent air been sucked directly down into the rotating prop. However is doesnt work very well when the rib is banking. How to solve it - Make sure the supplier has sold you the correct long shaft engine!!!
The following is taken from the Power Boat Training website
This article is from ABOUT.com
Propellers - The Basics: Part 2: Ventilation, Cavitation, and more...
Propeller ventilation is caused by air from the surface or exhaust gases being drawn into the rotating propeller blades. This results in the propeller slipping more than usual due to the reduced water load on the blades. The obvious symptoms of this are a sudden increase in engine RPM as well as a possible loss of speed. This commonly occurs when trying to turn the boat at high planing speeds or if the outboard or sterndrive is trimmed out too high.
In racing conditions this can also occur when following another boat too closely. The small bubbles in the water created by the leading boat can cause ventilation of the propeller of the following boat, with a subsequent loss of speed. This is why you rarely see high speed race boats following directly in the line of the leading boats, even if they are far enough back to be out of the spray and wake.
Propeller cavitation is less obvious than ventilation, but can be far more damaging. When the propeller blade passes through the water at an increasing speed, the pressure that holds the water to the sides of the blades is lowered. If the water is sufficiently warm, and depending on the speed of the boat, formation of water vapour (boiling) can occur. These bubbles that are produced then immediately collapse, releasing energy that can cause a cavitation burn on the propeller blades. This is one of the great advantages of stainless steel propellers. Due to their superior strength they can withstand cavitation damage better than aluminium and can also be produced with thinner blades to reduce the occurrence of cavitation.