Finding the Right Boat Propellers

By: Jani Ray

Two of the best ways to enjoy the water this summer is to go boating and fishing. In fact many people are choosing to become boat owners in order to enjoy an
afternoon out on the water. During the winter season you may choose to buy a new boat or you may decide it
is better just to repair and restore your old boat. If you choose to restore then you will likely need to
look for new boat propellers.

When it comes to choosing boat propellers you want to make sure you make the right selection, especially
since you are purchasing the part responsible for moving your boat. The choice you make will depend on
the size of the boat propellers your require or the horsepower of your boats motor. These are the two main
factors that you will have to consider when choosing boat propellers to buy.

The first thing to consider when choosing boat propellers is the diameter or the width of the circle
on the rotating blades. You should also carefully study one revolution of the propeller to see the pitch
or distance that the propeller moves forward during the revolution. You want to choose boat propellers
that have a pitch which allows the engine to gain the maximum rotation each minute which has been suggested
by the manufacturer without actually going over the limit. Finally you want to pay attention to the
rotating cup or the ones that help reduce ventilation, slipping and gaining you a better hole shot.

While the above tips will help guide you through the process of busing boat propellers you should also
remember that you should never buy a propeller size or engine combination that operates outside the
recommended operating range when your engine is at full throttle. To gain this information you will need
to look in your boat manual or ask a boating professional for this information.

However, choosing the right boat propellers also means that you need to be prepared to avoid propeller
related injuries. Propeller injuries can be very terrible and is one of the most traumatic injuries you
can see when out on the lake. Although propeller related injuries can also be avoided very easily if
you follow the following tips to avoid propeller injuries.

Make sure everyone who is on your boat wears a lifejacket or at least has them easily accessible
should they need it. Wearing a lifejacket is important to increase visibility in the water while also
preventing a drowning. And before you start the boat make sure everyone is seated and ready to go. If you
have children on board make sure there is an adult assigned to watch them.

Next make sure you never operate your boat while you are under the influence of any alcohol or drugs and
never let a friend do so.

When operating your boat make sure it is outside of any marked or well known swimming and diving areas. To
avoid this zones make sure you know how to correctly identify any markers and buoys that will be used to
signal these zones. You also want to learn to identify the two common flags used by boaters to signal a diver
down.

If possible try to avoid areas of water where they are a lot of people in the water so you can avoid the
chance of encountering another individual.

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