hello can anyone tell me the difference in the performance of a 3 blade r a 4 blade prop. i have a tempest 3 blade with a 25 pitch now. thanks matt
Matt,3 blades are a little faster on most boats than a 4 but 4″s handle better and carry a load better on most boats ,you just have to try both and see which one your boat likes better.If you go to the owners page you will see that some of us basscatters are running tempest”s and some trophy”s,i have an a40 23p tempest on my sabre now but i just bought a 23p trophy,will try it this weekend and see what happens,you also might have to re-adjust your jack plate between the two,Brian.
the 23p trophy runs pretty good on my sabre
Darin,how high are you running the trophy,right know i have my tempest about 3.5 inches below pad,thanks Brian.
Matt, I drive a 95 PII with a ProMax 200 and use two props. The Tempest “Plus” and Trophy “Plus” props offer adjustable vent holes so you can virtually dial in your hole shot while carrying a lot of pitch for top end speed. Both are surface piercing props.The Tempest Plus is a drivers prop. It creates more bow lift which works very well with BassCat hulls to create blistering speed. Only problem is you might find the ride a bit loose with a tendency towards chine walk until you develop the “drivers touch” to handle it. It will also cause the boat to slide more in tight turns so its not a good choice for narrow waterways like in the sloughs of our California Delta.The Trophy Plus develops less bow lift and top end but it creates a rock solid ride with excellent cornering for narrow waterways. It also provides neck straining hole shots for getting on pad in shallow water. With a 23p Trophy Plus on my ProMax 200, I can plane out my PII in about a boat length….kind of jumps onto pad like a ski boat.I own both props and change them out based on the water Ill be fishing. Big water = Tempest/top end speed. Skinny water or narrow waterways = Trophy/hole shot and cornering. Yes, I also have to adjust the engine height for optimal performance with each prop so a hydraulic jack plate makes that simple. If you are limited to a single prop, go with the one that most closely meets your typical needs and use the adjustable vent holes to adjust your hole shot.Good luck!Dean “NaCl” Saultps. If you use larger vent holes, you get a stronger hole shot. But the lowest speed you can stay on plane increases due to prop slippage. And, bigger vent holes can cause your prop to cavitate badly on slow speed, tight turns.
thanks for the valuable info just one question i have two big holes and one small one on my tepest 25 should i mess with that, or what does that mean. thanks again matt
Matt,what kind of boat/motor do you have?the larger vent holes are gonna make you engine rev more on take off,you just have to experiment with plugs in or out and see how your boat reacts to this change,Brian…..Also go to the owners board and see what guys with the same boat/motor are using,that will give you a good reference point!
I ran a 3 blade prop with 23 pitch on my Saber. It made it run tilted to one side at low speeds and had some prop slippage when I came out of the hole. I switched to a 4 bladed prop and went to a 24 pitch and it runs like a different boat with no problems. I run at 5800 rpms and go about 67 mph. I did not loose or gain any speed but my rpms changed.
Where are you from in Al. Bama Bass I live in LA myself. Dothan area Mike
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