7 Reasons to Change Your Propeller

7 Reasons to Change Your Propeller

  1. Does your boat vibrate more than it used to?
    If left unchecked, unwanted vibration can do serious damage to your boat. There are many different causes of unwanted vibration, but issues with your propeller is one probable cause. Check to see if your propeller is fouled, has a bent or damaged blade, is unbalanced, or is not fitted properly onto the shaft.
  2. Is your boat slow to come onto plane?
    If your propeller has too much pitch, the engine will have a lousy "hole shot"—its ability to get on plane quickly—and will lug. This causes the engine to work hard at low speeds, which places a tremendous load on its parts and can cause various damages.
  3. Does your engine over-rev?
    If your propeller has too little pitch, the engine can rev past its red-line. This is like driving your car on the interstate in second gear and can also cause the engine damage. If your prop has the wrong amount of pitch, a prop shop can adjust it or recommend a new one.
  4. Did you run over a log, hit a sandbar or rock, etc.?
    It's easy for your propeller to come into contact with natural surfaces below the water. A dinged, bent, or chipped prop can seriously affect your boat's performance. It's also possible for collisions to cause internal damage to your prop which would not be visible to you. If you heard the hit it's likely that some type of damage occurred, and it's best to have your prop examined professionally.
  5. Is your boat using more fuel than usual?
    Your propeller has a significant impact on your boat's fuel efficiency. If you notice that you're having to fill up more frequently, it might be because your propeller is damaged. This is because a damaged prop makes your boat work a lot harder to perform, which uses up your fuel faster.
  6. Do you want to go faster?
    Loss of speed can be due to a damaged propeller, but it's also possible to increase your normal speed with a propeller upgrade. If you currently have an aluminum prop, upgrading to stainless steel can increase your speed by two to three knots. This is because stainless steel is stronger and can therefore be made thinner, which allows for more speed. Stainless steel also flexes less and keeps its shape at higher speeds.
  7. Is your propeller a bad fit for your boating lifestyle?
    Boat builders often install compromise propellers on their boats, because they aren't sure what the buyer plans to do on the water. Compromise propellers are standard props designed to fit a range of functions at moderate capacity, but a prop made for specific use could help your boat function at a much higher capacity. Upgrading to a prop that's specifically made for what you use your boat for can have a huge impact.

Our Focus on Education is What Sets Us Apart

National Marine Propeller Associations Annual ConventionWe always have a great time attending the National Marine Propeller Association's Annual Convention. We pride ourselves on our never ending education to provide you, the customer, with the newest and best service we can. We are able to congregate with many other propeller repair shops like ours to discuss our currently used techniques, our best practices, and how-to's.

The convention is comprised of 2 fast-paced days full of technical seminars, presentations on new products, hands on demonstrations, some tips and tricks from some other seasoned propeller repair experts, certification testing, business to business networking, and much more. It is a busy few days but we always leave there feeling even more enthused and motivated than before!

It is our hope that we can continue to be experts in our field and provide the most knowledgeable advice and suggestions to all of our customers. If you have any questions regarding your boats propeller please feel free to contact us at 317.413.4731 or send us a message via our Facebook page! We look forward to hearing from you!

5 Things You Can Do To Help Prevent Drownings

Drownings in public waterways in Indiana have increased to a whopping 34 people in 2019 so far, according to Fox 59 and the boat safety blog imageDNR.  The total number of drownings (not including private swimming pools) in 2018 was 53.  That number is also expected to be exceeded this year.  Out of those 53 that drowned 0 were wearing life jackets.  We, as boaters, need to start setting the example of water safety by adhering to the rules, being prepared, and having the right tools.  Here are 5 tips to help keep yourself, your friends & family, and the general public safer;
  1. Rule of thumb is to always have 1 more life jacket than the number of people on your boat.  Additionally, be sure to have others try on the life jackets and ensure that they fit and the wearer knows how to properly use them. (Children should wear them at all times on a boat as well as adults who cannot swim well)
  2. Don’t cram people onto your boat.  We know the saying “the more the merrier” but that simply does not apply to boating.  Overloading with passengers can unbalance your boat and create distraction or hindrance for the driver.  Always follow your boat’s capacity restriction.
  3. Be prepared onboard.  Always have (in addition to lifejackets): a flashlight, a waterproof whistle, accessible ropes, a fire extinguisher, and a first aid kit.
  4. AVOID alcohol if you are the designated boat driver.  Many accidents and drownings that occur are tied to alcohol use/abuse.  Please ensure that all passengers keep their intake to a minimum as well.  
  5. Learn CPR.  There are CPR courses offered at many local fire stations, hospitals, and libraries around the country.  Knowing how to properly perform CPR can mean life or death for those around you.