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    Skeeter SL190 F&S - Planing at Lower Speed
from Kenneth (72.146.22.180)  
1/14/2008 8:06:00 PM

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 I have a 2002 Skeeter SL190 with the 200 HP VMax Yamaha. It has the 25-M 3 blade SS prop. While the boat accelerates really well and has great top-end, it doesn't want to plane until approximately 30 mph. I'd like to be able to plane at a lower speed so that I can pull kids behind it on a tube and use it for skiing as well.


People have mentioned that I need to try a 4 blade prop, possibly a 24 pitch. With just me in the boat and with it trimmed up, I can hit the upper half of the WOT RPM range. If the boat is loaded with 4-5 people, I have seen it only get to 4000 RPMs, which is too low. Anyone out there with this model of boat? What prop would you recommend so that I could have good all-around performance when I'm doing family stuff and when it's just me or one other person fishing?


Thanks.


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   planing from irv (71.193.33.224)  1/14/2008 10:41:00 PM
 It's not clear to me what you are saying about RPM and it's relations to prop pitch but the lower the pitch you will be able to pull skiers etc out of the hole with less effort and more quickly. But I think the answer to your dilemma is a whale tail this should hold you on plane at lower speeds.


   slower planing... from Johnny (70.126.94.81)  1/14/2008 11:45:00 PM
  I have a Triton 190FS with a 200HP Optimax. I installed the Cobra Marine Edge planing stabilizer plate.(http://www.cobramarine.com/ Thisped as much as anything, but I also have smart tabs on the boat. I can plane and pull a tube at 20 mph or less. A four blade prop is much better for pulling and will still perform good when fishing. A five blade is great for pulling but usually hurts top speed quite a bit. You may find that you need a fishing prop(25 pitch) and a ski prop(23 or maybe even a 21 pitch if you're really loading it down).I'm currently running a 23 Trophy with added cup and it works pretty good for fishing and pulling.


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