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  1. Here's what I'm looking at now: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Signature-Four-By-Fours-for-Bravo-3-Mercruiser-Sterndrive-Propellers-20P-/151034606563?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item232a5d33e3&vxp=mtr http://www.ebay.com/itm/Signature-B-3-Four-By-Three-Propellers-for-Bravo-III-22P-/160765029833?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item256e57adc9&vxp=mtr http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bravo-3-three-III-propellor-22p-pitch-/301213581829?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item4621ba8205&vxp=mtr http://www.ebay.com/itm/Signature-B3-Four-By-Three-Propellers-for-Bravo-III-/39030768
  2. Almost $100 per prop ($45 each way) is a bit expensive, considering you'd probably want to test 4 to 6 different setups... and having a duoprop drive, that doubles it from $100 to $200 for each set. So, after trying the 24s 3x3, 22s 3x3, 22s 4x3, 20s 3x3 and 20s 4x4, I'd have spent almost $1000.00 I'll have to trust the advice of the professionals at Chaparral, given my found information. Here's what I've found today! Today, with only 2 people in the boat, full 10 gallon water tank, full 35 gallon fuel tank: 5.0 Mercruiser 3x3 Bravo 3 / 26 pitch *i was told wrong before* Spedo 51mph / GP
  3. Hopefully repropping does the trick.Having a 2008 model boat, my issue now is figuring out which bravo 3 props I need - as I'm finding props that say pre-2008 bravo 3 only EDIT: Apparently pre-2008 refers to 3x3, where as 2008 and beyond the 4x3 became available. With my need to lessen the demand for torque, I'm having trouble figuring out whether to switch to 4x3 or stay at 3x3. Four blade props are good for improving hole shot, but the more drag I add, the more torque is needed. Tomorrow the conditions will be great for figuring out my exact WOT.
  4. So far, this seems to be the best buy: LH http://www.ebay.com/itm/Quicksilver-Bravo-3-Stainless-Steel-Left-Hand-Propeller-15-3-4-x-22-QS3323S-/161145283300?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item258501e2e4&vxp=mtr and RH http://www.ebay.com/itm/191207737406?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
  5. From what I've read about the XR series, they have a significant amount more "cupping" and with my issue of being slightly underpowered (torque-wise), adding more resistance instead of lessening would be counterproductive. If I was running a 350 or a 5.7, I think the XRs might be a great choice. .. and here is what I'm currently looking at. Buying anything off ebay always makes the hair on my neck stand up. I think I can beat this price off ebay by about 200 dollars as well. Looking for stainless & 22p. http://www.ebay.com/itm/261324464802?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=ST
  6. Thank you both. I looked at trim tabs, and unless I need that much more oomf... I think patiently shopping for a set of 22 Bravo III's is the next step. I just spent an hour on the phone with "the boss", and props are officially coming. Now, on to the self-educating of which props will fit my boat. If any of you still want to help this dope around his boat, feel free to chime in - but I admit, I'm annoying myself at this point, so feel free to unfollow this post I've seen "ratio" and size of props come up several times... is that an issue when ordering Bravo III props? Since my boat is s
  7. Well the report from the mechanic both surprises and disappoints me. I've been told, with my props (I found out they are 28 pitch) and only a 5.0 Mercuiser, I shouldn't expect a lot of performance from a boat of this size and weight. A boat this size, they said, should have a much bigger engine if you want to be able to tow while having 4+ passengers inside. They said everything checked out, but that I was indeed overpropped, and for running a charter water sports business, a 24, 22, or if I'm VERY careful a 20 pitch would work. Trim tabs were suggested by Chaparral after they explained wh
  8. Great info.. Want to thank you all for your info. It bothers me when people don't report back, so I'll do my best to let y'all know what's happened. Today... was the first time my boat has taken more than 2 people, and holy cow, what an eye opener. I decided to time how long it took to plane out, and the first try, against the current (slightly windy today, but nothing my boat should struggle with) it took 24 seconds. When I went to drop off two passengers later in the day, I tried planing out again, and it took about 12 seconds. Another disappointment. I took the opportunity to check my
  9. Wing, I'm very curious how this is accomplished. A mechanic does any work involving the engine or lower unit - so rotating bushings, achor points and up travel position are all greek to me. Has anyone seen a video on how to rotate the bushing?
  10. After doing a lot of reading, I've decided it's time to take it to the shop. I hit only 46mph trimmed up while at the lake, and didn't pay attention to my WOT. The current suspect is spark plugs and/or a bad cylinder. This is with only two people in the boat as well. Hopefully, a tune up is all I need... I purchased this boat with only 55 hours on it. I care very little about top end... I'd be happy with 45mph, but my hole shot needs to improve quickly, as we're about to start taking clients out for water sports trips. I'll do my best to post the current pitch and my WOT for any still int
  11. OldChap, we just acquired it a couple weeks ago. I wasn't able to get to 50mph with only two of us in the boat, until I trimmed myself nearly out of the water... I'm a bit curious now if I do just have something not responding correctly. I was using a 5.7 liter Volvo before in my '06 Glastron, and it spoiled me. Out of laziness, I've yet to take the boat to the mechanic to have it's initial check-up done, so maybe that's the best step before adding 6 holes or new props to my boat. Thanks for the message, and having the same boat, if you have any suggestions or tips, I'm open ears. I'm an
  12. Without having even checked Google yet, my guess would have been trim tabs costing much more than props, factoring in installation. I'll have to take a look. Thank you both for the responses!
  13. Hi, My apologies if I'm too quick to post or am posting in the wrong area. I have a 2008 Sunesta 224 Wide Tech with a 5.0 Mercury in it, and a duo prop set of Bravo Threes on the back. Our last boat had a five blade prop on it, and got out of the hole quick. This boat does NOT like to get out of the hole at all, and seems to save all of its performance for after it's planed out. I'd like to know what the best (safe) upgrade would be to get out of the hole quicker, as we'll be towing every weekend for paying customers. Is it possible to put a double-five blade prop? I've heard something about W
  14. I had a broken safety lanyard with the last boat, that decided to still hang on. I replaced what I thought was a faulty battery (which I'd check first, if I were you - free at Walmart) and had all the wiring checked, before I spent the 10 bucks to get the safety lanyard replacement.
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