best propeller

3/8/15 @ 10:12 PM
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witz1
witz1
USER since 3/8/15
I have a 2005 Tracker Targa 18WT with a 115hp optimax. I would like to put a stainless prop on it. Just talked to local marina and they are looking at charging $700.00 plus for prop and installation. This is out of my price range. Does anyone have this same boat and if so what stainless prop are you running? PS The boat is loaded light and usually only two fishing. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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3/10/15 @ 2:28 PM
The Fishinnut
The Fishinnut
USER since 8/11/10
witz1, Check out www.Brainardprops.com Ricky knows his chit, also has used and demos ;)

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3/10/15 @ 9:18 AM
Cold Front
Cold Front
USER since 7/9/01
I have a 3 blade SS on my 18.95 ft Yarcraft[200 horse Opti}. Love the boat but am wondering if a 4 blade would keep the bow higher and keep it from diving into waves in rough water. Thxx Mrt.

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3/9/15 @ 10:08 PM
wet-net
wet-net
USER since 1/8/03
call this guy up he will be 1/3 of that price and he knows his stuff.http://www.rapidspropeller.com

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3/9/15 @ 9:48 PM
rks
rks
MEMBER since 1/22/06
Good place to buy props and motors too.

http://www.jacosmarine.com/new_mercury_propellers_for_sale.cfm

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3/9/15 @ 7:05 AM
JethroBodine
JethroBodine
USER since 12/21/01
Use iboats to buy a prop for $300, install it yourself in 10 minutes.

You need the shaft grease as noted, I've always used a crescent wrench on the prop nut. (but for what the prop nut wrench costs it's worth it)

You have to straighten the kotter pin with a pliers first, I've always removed by putting a Philips screwdriver in the back end and tapping with a hammer.

There are likely videos on Youtube showing the whole process.

Spend the $400 you save on a good rod/reel. :-)http://boatpropellers.iboats.com/Mercury/115_HP_(1978Newer)_17.00-Pitch_Propellers/289/?cart_id=218895562&session_id=806312358&search_material=2&search_blades=&search_rotation=1

Edited on 3/9/15 7:07 AM
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3/8/15 @ 11:21 PM
Major Mark
Major Mark
MEMBER since 5/20/05
my last boat was a 2004 Targa 17WT w/115 Opti. Your T18 should be 18'0", my T17 was 17'4", beams should be the same. I switched out to a Merc Trophy Plus 4 blade SS, 17 pitch. It ran best with 2 solid plugs in, 2 holes unplugged. Hole shot was unbelievable, GPS speed only dropped from 44.2, to 42.6mph going to the 4 blade. My stock prop was a 19 pitch Black Max 3 blade alum (hole shot pooch). Whatever your current pitch is, I'd drop it 2 going to SS (3 or 4 blade). The 4 blade gives you more transom "lift" then a 3 blade and awesome holeshot. My holeshot would literally pin you back in your seat (on plane in just over 3 secs)!!! $700 would be about right for MSRP, but I got mine brand new from Wendt's Marine by Winnebago, shipping to Milw included for $400. Search online, you should find it less than $700. Installing is a breeze. All you need is a prop wrench and a tube of Merc prop shaft grease. Takes all of 5-10 minutes to R&R a prop. You should carry those on-board anyways for emergency switching, fish line removal, annual maintenance, etc.

If you switch to SS, consider a prop lock> http://www.basspro.com/McGard-Propeller-Lock/product/7400/

Mercury grease> http://www.basspro.com/Quicksilver-24C-Marine-Lubricant-with-Teflon/product/12081405323924/

Prop wrench> http://www.basspro.com/RiteHite-Polymer-Prop-Wrench/product/30584/

Edited on 3/8/15 11:23 PM
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