The new 600HP CNC Cleaver sterndrive propeller from Mercury Racing is designed to maximize top-end speed on performance hulls powered by Mercury Racing 520, 525, 540, 565 and 600 SCI when mated to the Bravo XR Sport and Sport Master drives. The five-blade surface-piercing will be produced on the same CNC milling machines used to create Mercury Racing cleaver prop for the M6 and M8 drive outdrives.
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Despite all the current attention outboard power is getting the performance segment the West Coast continues to be a stronghold for lightning-fast sterndrive-powered catamarans and vee bottoms, typically equipped with 502-cubic inch based power plants and capable of a top speed over 95 mph, according to Mercury Racing. The new prop have been demonstrated on a DCB F29 equipped with twin Mercury Racing 525 engines, and an Outerlimits SV29 equipped with a single Mercury Racing 600 Sci engine. In both applications Mercury Racing reports significant improvements in mid-range acceleration and top speed gains of 5 mph above standard cast propellers.
All 600HP-Rated CNC Cleavers are to be custom ordered through Mercury Racing Sales via a registered Mercury dealer. Available dimensions are 14.75- to 15.50-inch diameter, 26 to 40 pitch, 15- and 18-degree rake. MSRP is $6,058. Every CNC propeller is delivered in a Mercury Racing Propeller Case. For more information, visit Mercury Racing.