Fine-tuning a propeller to standard specifications doesn’t cut it anymore. Send your propeller to Brett Anderson at BBlades Propellers and he’ll customize it to the performance characteristic you want to improve on your boat.
“We don’t lab finish to standard templates anymore,” said Anderson. “We take each boat at its own merit.”
He continued, “You could have two Baja 24 Outlaws with the same engine and one could be running 100 rpm higher or lower and we would adjust the propeller to that.”
About 15 years ago, I walked into the Mercury Racing booth at the Miami Boat Show to talk to company president Fred Kiekhaefer. I didn’t know that he wasn’t pleased with an article that I had written recently about the tactics used by an offshore racing team sponsored by his company. When I extended my hand and said hello, he let me know in no uncertain terms how he felt.
A few weeks after my 12-year-old son Blake and I went to the Outerlimits factory to test the company’s new SV 29, the same boat we tested (read about it here) rolled at about 75 mph in a turn with company president Mike Fiore and a friend aboard. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and Fiore said that a mechanical failure caused the problem.
Deep Impact Boats unveiled its newest, the 330 LS (33-foot) powerboat during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Breaking from past Deep Impact designs, the boat has a large portside console that allows passage from bow to stern on the starboard side. The larger helm provides three-across seating for the driver and two passengers in supportive race-style bolsters. Additionally, the dash has more than enough space for the latest extra-large screens in navigation electronics.
Baja’s introduction of the 2013 version of the 30 Outlaw brings back some fond memories because I ran an older version of the boat in my last offshore race in Point Pleasant, NJ, sometime around 2005 or 2006. The idea of the article was that I was playing the role of a poker runner who wanted to step up and try his hand at offshore racing. Boating’s Associate Editor at that time, Kari Snyder, who had barely been faster than 50 mph in a boat, agreed to strap on a Lifeline vest and orange helmet and ride along with me. She was a trooper the whole weekend.
When you think about Mercury Racing Propellers, you imagine a technician/artist carefully sculpting custom wheels for Skaters or OuterLimits high-performance powerboats that blast through the water at triple-digit speeds.
“I’m looking for a performance prop with more durability,” said Scott Reichow, Custom Propeller Manager at Mercury Racing in Fond du Lac, Wis.