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Bravo 3 prop recommendation?

Old 02-28-2021, 12:55 PM
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Just purchased a new to me Monterey 238ss with a 350mag and bravo 3. The current props are Mercury bravo 3, 4x3 26p that turned 5000 rpm with me and 1 other person in the boat. The water temp was 44 and the air temp was 58. The previous owner has got the prop in sand and pea gravel that roughed up the tips.

I’m going to have the props reworked, balanced and checked. The cost of this process is 3-400, which got me to thinking should I rework these props or purchase a new set? I’m a little concerned that the boat only turned 5k with 2 people and the cooler water/air temp. The boat wot rpm range is 48-5200. Should I rework the current props, or put that money towards a new set of 24p 4x3 or 4x4 props? Is there any benefit to the 4x4 or the 4x3?
Old 02-28-2021, 01:50 PM
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You can have inch of pitch taken out of the props when they reconditioned. That plus labbing the props should put you at ideal rpm. With a light load, I want to just touch the rev limiter. This way with a heavy load you are perfect for rpm. Since you are the only one that drives your boat (I theorize), it will work out without issue.

I would rather be underpropped vs overpropped.
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Just have them cleaned up. Your right in the ball park.
Old 03-01-2021, 04:44 AM
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You have it reconned for far less than new if your set on new
it’s what the manufacturer specked as new
dual prop and bravo 3 are specifically tuned for that boat
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It is hard to beat the Merc 4x3 set up, I have tried on many boats. The 4x4 props are good for heavy boats at the edge of underpowered, not for you. Dropping down to a 22 will underprop your boat. Have them reconditioned. Get them lab finished if you want to pick up the last 200 rpm.

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