Not spending much time here any more, but I wanted to report my experience with my Perfect Pitch propeller
. I put it on my boat
a year ago August when I replaced my engine
Yesterday I had to move my boat
for 3 1/2 hours in a narrow window between fog
and storms. The fog
lifted early and the storms came late but I couldn't count on that. It was a good test of the prop because the hull
and prop had just been cleaned the day before. I have a Hunter
'31 (1983) with fin keel
. It is a fast boat.
In calm waters with no current
or significant waves, at redline the boat moved up to 6.8 knots. At 3000 rpm
, the boat moved at a steady 6.0 - 6.1. This dropped off as the weather
started to build (wind only) and the water
in the mouth of Tampa Bay got choppier, but a lot of my travel was in sheltered waters. It allowed me to get my boat home quickly and efficiently.
I can -- literally -- parallel park that boat at a one-sided dock
(of course, again in low winds and no current). I had to do exactly that the other night, and ... she did it. It took more maneuvers than a car would, but nevertheless ... (I got a 2-blade, not a 3-blade).
Perfect Pitch propellers are considerably cheaper than other props. They are not manufactured by CDI
-- they are their own company -- but CDI stocks them. The sizing/pitch chart was apparently very accurate, since that prop performs so well.