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.