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#11723921 - 07/15/16 07:43 AM 3-blade vs 4-blade propeller?
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Loc: McKinney, Texas
I was wanting to change my propeller on 2003 Stratos 185 w/Yamaha 150 VMAX 2-stroke and have been thinking about going with a 4 blade prop. I understand that some loss of top end speed is to be expected, but the pluses seem to be all good with a 4-blade prop. Anyone have experience that can shed some light on this for me.


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#11723939 - 07/15/16 07:53 AM Re: 3-blade vs 4-blade propeller? [Re: McKinneyMike]
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I had a 4 blade on my last Stratos with a 200 E-TECH, I really liked it, quicker out of the hole and didn't notice any loss of speed, unfortunately my last Stratos came with a three blade. Hope this helps.

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#11724011 - 07/15/16 08:27 AM Re: 3-blade vs 4-blade propeller? [Re: McKinneyMike]
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Run one on my basscat can do 65 with no hands.I wont even try that with a 3 blade. There a lot better in rough water as well

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#11726884 - 07/16/16 10:48 PM Re: 3-blade vs 4-blade propeller? [Re: bradnitro175]
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I've noticed that too on my Basscat that I'm running a 24p Tempest and that it gets somewhat squirrely and loses grip in rougher water. I'm currently looking for a 23p 4 blade trophy prop if anyone heres or sees any before I do to please let me know.. Thanks in advance

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#11729937 - 07/19/16 07:02 AM Re: 3-blade vs 4-blade propeller? [Re: McKinneyMike]
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bass boat central/props for sale there is one listed I believe
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#11730071 - 07/19/16 08:29 AM Re: 3-blade vs 4-blade propeller? [Re: McKinneyMike]
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I've always ran a 4-blade on the last two boats I owned. Both were rigged with OMC 175HP. I much prefer a 4-blade to a 3-blade prop.

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#11732637 - 07/20/16 11:33 AM Re: 3-blade vs 4-blade propeller? [Re: McKinneyMike]
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Loc: Broaddus TX
Originally Posted By: McKinneyMike
I was wanting to change my propeller on 2003 Stratos 185 w/Yamaha 150 VMAX 2-stroke and have been thinking about going with a 4 blade prop. I understand that some loss of top end speed is to be expected, but the pluses seem to be all good with a 4-blade prop. Anyone have experience that can shed some light on this for me.


The 4 blade will give you a much better hole shot, but more than likely you will not have near the bow lift as with the 3 blade, and hence, less speed. Do you want to sacrifice speed for hole shot and handling? Also, rule of thumb, go down 2" of pitch when you go to a 4 blade.
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