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I have a 1999 Yamaha 60hp two stroke on my 1860 G3.

Currently, I have a 13 1/4" 17 aluminum prop. I want to get a stainless steel prop.

I have read that when you go from aluminum to stainless to drop your pitch down one or two. Is that true? Do I need to go to a 15 or 16 pitch?

Know a good company to buy from? Good brand?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated and if you have a prop for sale - let me know. :)
 

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Look on Iboats website, I bought one for my boat way cheaper then anywhere else I looked. As far as pitch I believe I got the same pitch as the aluminium prop. Can sure tell a diffrence between the 2 even on my 50hp
 

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I just keep destroying these aluminum props on the Trinity where I fish. They touch one of those petrified stumps and just break pieces off.

I guess I put my lower unit at risk with the stainless, but my old motor had a stainless prop and hit hundreds of stumps without an issue. I don't hit em at more than a few mph's...
 

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be sure to also check out dans discount props they are out of WI i think if i remember correctly but got a great deal on mine there
 

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You better just stick with aluminum unless you want to start replacing gears instead of props.Stainless is nice but it won't give like the softer aluminum will.One good whack with the stainless prop and your done and its not cheap to fix.Trust me i just put new gear in mine.Props are way cheaper!!
 

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ive purchased and used several of the ones cabelas has their name on and was very happy with the price as well as performance and depending on current load and rpm's you may need to change pitch
 

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You better just stick with aluminum unless you want to start replacing gears instead of props.Stainless is nice but it won't give like the softer aluminum will.One good whack with the stainless prop and your done and its not cheap to fix.Trust me i just put new gear in mine.Props are way cheaper!!
i agree if you want to start replacing lower ends instead of props go with stainless
 

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i agree if you want to start replacing lower ends instead of props go with stainless


Na... Don't let them scare ya... The Stailness props have a much more forgiving hub in them... The hubs take the beating BEFORE it tares up your lower end... If the stainless props tear up lower ends that easy they sure as heck wouldn't be selling many of them.... I have smacked many a things with my SS prop... Lower end is still as good as new. During the Worlds I smacked some rebar or something, curled up all three blades... Yup you guessed it, lower end is still as good as new. If I had an alluminum prop on there I would have been trolling back to the ramp.
 

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Lower unit damage depends on what you hit and how you hit it, not so much the prop on it at the time. I changed to aluminum from stainless after doing damage to the engine for my own piece of mind. Had run into things many times before with no ill effects, but after spending the money on repair parts for the lower unit I decided that I would prefer the weak link to be the cheaper to replace aluminum prop. I keep the stainless on board for a spare just in case. Fishing Toledo Bend takes its toll on your prop. X2 on giving PowerTech in Shreveport, LA a call, they can tell you exactly what pitch you will need depending on the size and weight of your rig. They probably didn't take into account the added weight of generators and equipment for bowfishing when the pitch was determined for your boat and engine combo.
 

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I like aluminum for all the crap we hit at night bowfishing. The correct pitch prop makes all the difference in the world on a loaded boat.
 

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well, i have two aluminum props. if i am going somewhere i know is super stumpy, i will throw one of em on...

anyone know a good place to send em to to get em repaired? one has a minor chip missing out of the blade. the other is just a little torqued...

i will call powertech tomorrow about the new stainless prop.
 

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well, i have two aluminum props. if i am going somewhere i know is super stumpy, i will throw one of em on...

anyone know a good place to send em to to get em repaired? one has a minor chip missing out of the blade. the other is just a little torqued...

i will call powertech tomorrow about the new stainless prop.
Matt @Marine Propeller Warehouse in Longview is da man when it comes to prop repair.He's been doing it forever.He also has loaners you can use to "prop out" your boat.

Do not buy a prop until you've tried a few different pitches.Props are simple,but complicated also.

Remember these few things when choosing a prop:
1)3 blade props are faster...4 blade props give better "holeshot" and don't "wash out" as easily when making tight turns

2)1" of pitch equals approx. 200 rpm...say your engine is designed to run @5000 rpm WOT and you are running a 25 pitch prop and only making 4600 rpm...then you would want drop down to a 23 pitch prop...this would get you to your WOT rpm rating for your motor.

Like others have said,when you add all the bowfishing gear in the boat,this obviously makes a huge difference...so I drop down 1" of pitch to allow for it.

Sorry for rambling,and hope this didn't come off "clear as mud"...just trying to save you some money...hope this helps some.
 

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yeah, the loaner prop sounds nice...

i don't have a tach to know what rpm i am actually running though...
 

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yeah, the loaner prop sounds nice...

i don't have a tach to know what rpm i am actually running though...
kinda important if you want the most out of your engine.Doesn't hurt to under utilize your engine's maximum efficiency,but you definitely don't want to "over-rev" the engine either.
 

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followed your advice and called matt. he recommended i stay with the 17 pitch and he had a used stainless prop ready to go for $175 so i grabbed it.
 

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followed your advice and called matt. he recommended i stay with the 17 pitch and he had a used stainless prop ready to go for $175 so i grabbed it.
Good deal...Matt's a helluva guy! Glad it worked out for ya and that sounds like a dang good price.
 

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Good deal...Matt's a helluva guy! Glad it worked out for ya and that sounds like a dang good price.
yeah. super nice guy and he told me if it didn't work out, to let him know and we'd go to a different option. i'm also going to send him my damaged aluminum prop to be fixed.
 

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Matt @Marine Propeller Warehouse in Longview is da man when it comes to prop repair.He's been doing it forever.He also has loaners you can use to "prop out" your boat.

X2. Matt knows what he's doing. He's been working with me for a couple weeks on getting my pitch right. I was having trouble getting out of the hole when I'm loaded down. Went way down in pitch and it felt like I got a 250hp on there now. He's just got to do a little tweaking and I'll be good to go.
 
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