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    Trolling Speed/Prop ?
from Joe S (152.163.207.84)  
5/25/1999 1:40:00 PM

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 I have a 1998 Mariner 40hp motor with a 17" pitch prop. The motor idles at 700 rpms and has a speed of 3 mile per hour according to GPS and depth finder. I would like to be able to troll at about 1-1.5 mph. Several people have suggested going to a 15" pitch prop, some say it will not make any difference. Also at wide open tachometer reads 5000 rpms. The manual says 5200 - 5400 optimum. I would appreciate any suggestions.

Thanks!!! Joe


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   prop from NealE (208.239.233.37)  5/25/1999 2:03:00 PM
 a 15" would probably put you at the top of your RPM range (5400 RPMS), but I don't think it would make much difference at idle as far as speed goes. You might want to think about back trolling or adding a trolling plate to slow you down.

neal/collierville, tn

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