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Do I need a new propeller?

Klipdrift Member Posts: 2
edited September 2014 in Deck Boat Support
I have an 18'10" 2014 deck boat with a 115HP Yamaha motor.  It does not seem to be powerful enough when trying to pull a skier or wakeboarder out of the water and is slow to reach speed when towing a tube.
Is the engine just too weak or is there a propeller I could buy to improve thrust for towing? 


  • 89checkmate
    89checkmate Member Posts: 148 ✭✭✭
    What pitch do you have now? You can get a lower pitch prop and that will improve your bottom end for water sports.
  • nquirk
    nquirk Member, Moderator Posts: 672 ✭✭✭✭
    @klipdrift.  As @89checkmate indicated you could play with the pitch to give you better bottom end performance.  However, with a 115HP, getting a wakboarder or skier up, you'll have a tough job given the size of the engine.  Also, you'll need to minimize weight in the boat (people) as well.  Unfortunately, with that size boat, with a 115, tubing is a possibility as is cruising, etc but watersports such as wakeboarding and skiing are tough.
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  • Klipdrift
    Klipdrift Member Posts: 2
    Thanks for the replies.  Yes, tubing is good...just pulling the skier out of the water with only 3 people in the boat is difficult. 
    I am not sure what pitch we is whatever the dealer supplied with the boat.  Next time we go down to the marina, I will check.  What pitch do you recommend 89checkmate?
    I realize that lowering the pitch will probably only marginally improve our my next question is:  Anyone know the best place to buy new engines in Palm Beach, Florida???
    It really would have been ideal if Hurricane put a slightly larger engine on the boats.  Currently I'm a little disappointed.
  • 89checkmate
    89checkmate Member Posts: 148 ✭✭✭
    I'd try going down a few pitches on the prop and you could also add a set of smart tabs or a set of negative transom wedges.

    when we were looking for our boat this summer that was the problem I found, they all had a 115 or 150, ended up ordering the boat so I could get it with a 200.
  • Klipdrift
    Klipdrift Member Posts: 2
    Thanks 89checkmate.  Wish we had ordered a boat with a 200 in Feb when we got ours!