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Old 26 February 2013, 05:23   #1
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3 v 4 blade prop

I am running Mirage 19's on my new twin mercury 150 setup on Redbay 7.4, still deciding what props to actually buy as these are on loan. With the 19's i am getting 6200rpm at WOT. The top recommended RPM for these engines is 5800rpm. Even with 7 onboard still over reving. I do run with up to 10 people on board so don't think its worth going up to 23's

I am thinking that four bladed 21's will bring the revs down keep the acceleration and keep the top speed the same. I also hear that fuel economy is better on four blades?

Grateful for any input?
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I'd try some 21's with three blades first.

As far as I know the reason to go up to 4 blades over 3 is to get more blade area.

This is good for acceleration - if you have the power.
But, more area means more drag which means lower top speed and greater fuel consumption.
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I'd try some 21's with three blades first.

As far as I know the reason to go up to 4 blades over 3 is to get more blade area.

This is good for acceleration - if you have the power.
But, more area means more drag which means lower top speed and greater fuel consumption.
That's my understanding also. I have Mariner 150 and run 23s can't get up to 6000 so when contact agent they said that I should be running a 19.

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Im running 17P revolution 4 prop's (4 blade) on twin mercury 150 4 strokes, on a 733 hurricane. Awesome prop, good bite in the rough stuff, changing over from a mirage to the rev4 will drop your rpm's 300-400.
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I am running Mirage 19's on my new twin mercury 150 setup on Redbay 7.4, still deciding what props to actually buy as these are on loan. With the 19's i am getting 6200rpm at WOT. The top recommended RPM for these engines is 5800rpm. Even with 7 onboard still over reving. I do run with up to 10 people on board so don't think its worth going up to 23's

I am thinking that four bladed 21's will bring the revs down keep the acceleration and keep the top speed the same. I also hear that fuel economy is better on four blades?

Grateful for any input?
21" rev4s will be too coarse for you as previously said, 19" shouldn't be far off then you can have the props tweaked if required. Are your twins counter rotating? What speed are you getting at WOT? Are you looking for cruising economy or maximum top end speed?
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I would say you'd be fine with revolution 4 21's. if you are getting 6200 with 19 mirages then you have plenty to play with as these new 150's have a big top end rev range (5000-5800). In my opinion I'd go with the 21's as they are the best for bite and best suited to these engines with their masses of torque. We did the arctic 22 with 2 of them and 19 rev 4's they're getting 5800 rpm I've got a 21 RH rev 4 if you need one to test. Only one though. Cheers. Peter
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I've got 19" Rev4s on cr 115 Etecs on BP. They are about 10% thirstier than the 3 blade vipers that were originally fitted. The grip is phenomenal especially in the rough & on tight turns. The vipers were horrid, blowing out & slipping at every chance. I top out at 5750rpm which is exactly ideal WOT for my engines. I'd imagine with the bigger boat & bigger engines you wouldn't be far off the mark with 19s. Are the rev4s available in 1" increments, some are, in which case 20" might be the way to go.
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21" rev4s will be too coarse for you as previously said, 19" shouldn't be far off then you can have the props tweaked if required. Are your twins counter rotating? What speed are you getting at WOT? Are you looking for cruising economy or maximum top end speed?
They are counter rotating. Getting 45Knots at 6200 RPM Not holding the throttles open for long as I like my warranty. I am looking for good economy not top speed. They are very good so far with 1.5 litres to the mile at 28 Knots. So I need to drop 400 RPM. I believe you lose 200rpm per prop size up. A guy on another forum said that I was getting 11% slippage which is good.
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They are counter rotating. Getting 45Knots at 6200 RPM Not holding the throttles open for long as I like my warranty. I am looking for good economy not top speed. They are very good so far with 1.5 litres to the mile at 28 Knots. So I need to drop 400 RPM. I believe you lose 200rpm per prop size up. A guy on another forum said that I was getting 11% slippage which is good.
Slip should be as follows

19" is what your prop should push you forward for every revolution, or
19 x 25.4 = 482.6mm
X RPM 6200/ = 2,992,120 mm per minute, or 2.992120 km per minute divide by the gear ratio, from what i find is about 1.87 for mercury (approx)= 1.6000Km per minute x 60 is 96Km/hr
divided by 1.852 gives you knots = 51.8Knots theoretical speed.

45 divide by 51.8 is 87%, so you are getting 13% slip

Unless somone can point out a glaring error in my calculations........
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The vipers were horrid, blowing out & slipping at every chance.
Ah so it isn't just mine then...

After the 'lazy' Humber which I could leave at a single trim setting from chucking it around in tight turns to a 30kt cruise, one of my few dislikes with the Vipermax is having to fiddle with the trim all the time if you're having fun. I did wonder if a prop change would fix it, I guess that answers the question. The next question is whether it irritates me enough to spend 500 odd
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Nope. it ain't just you! Same issues here..............
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After the 'lazy' Humber which I could leave at a single trim setting from chucking it around in tight turns to a 30kt cruise, one of my few dislikes with the Vipermax is having to fiddle with the trim all the time if you're having fun. I did wonder if a prop change would fix it, I guess that answers the question. The next question is whether it irritates me enough to spend 500 odd
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Can't praise the Rev4 enough. If you are prepared to sacrifice a little on the fuel economy, it will transform your boat, at least it did mine.
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. A guy on another forum said that I was getting 11% slippage which is good.
That guy (on THT, Ken from Propgods) is probably one of the best Prop guys on the planet, I would take his advice as he really does get great reviews and seem to know his stuff, although not necessarily for Ribs.

I have REV4 19", it really does grip in the rough and when cornering hard, it will happily bog down the motor on the back of my boat rather than slip. The Rev 4 is a stern lifting prop, and should allow you to plane at lower speeds, I can hold 10 knots on the plane which is pretty impressive for a big lump but you will not get the top speed or economy that you would from a well sorted three blade. Cruise and slow speed handling is often improved with a 4 blade as well.

Usually sold in 2" increments, Merc have just bought out (or are just about to) some new REV 4 models and I think one might be a 20, as well as some smaller pitch counter rotating ones. Might be worth checking with and a dealer or doing a search.

I have tried a three blade on mine and it was hilarious, just spun up to 5000 rpm with no increase in speed, had to coax it onto the plane, but was slightly faster when it got there.

If you can get a new Rev 4 for 500 I'll have one too!

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I was getting pretty close to 45 knots with a pair of 19" rev4's and almost getting my max rpm. When I tried 17" I could get the over speed alarm going quite easily but at my normal cruising speed I was getting a significant improvement in fuel economy even though my revs were higher, less load on the engines. I just don't nail the throttles.

If you go the rev4 route I think you'll find the same thing, you can spin a 19 but a 17 could be better on fuel.

I've also tried mirage plus on mine, 21" but at 2.5t they just couldn't grip, straight line or cornering, and the torque steer in corners was horrendous.

Rev4's are definitely the way forward on bigger, heavier boats but they're not cheap, currently not far off 650 inc vat
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Interesting as we set up the MoD Arctic 28's with Mirage 21", they seem to work better than the REV 4. But the Arctic 24's loved having the REV 4 props.
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Interesting as we set up the MoD Arctic 28's with Mirage 21", they seem to work better than the REV 4. But the Arctic 24's loved having the REV 4 props.
Interesting as I bought the rev4's on your advice! Transformed the boat
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