Your propeller affects every aspect of your boat’s performance: acceleration, handling, ride, turning, fuel efficiency and top speed. The trick is finding the right prop for your boat, and the right prop for how you use your boat.
It would be easy if props were simple, but boat propellers are science and engineering, tribal knowledge, feel, art and, yes — a little magic. Like the ocean, the subject is broad and deep, and those attempting to navigate it often find the endeavor is fraught with rough spots. As such, many boaters find it hard to solidify propeller knowledge.
On the theory that smaller chunks are easier to swallow, we’re going to zoom in and focus primarily on a smaller piece of the propeller pie. Join us as we define and explain the parts of the propeller. This should prove a neat refresher for old salts, while others will be provided the basis for intelligent conversation with boat dealers, prop vendors and fellow boating enthusiasts.
Different propeller configurations exist for different boating applications. While there are too many variations and applications to list all in this article, here are many popular types.