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  • Four Blade Prop opinions needed for a Mako 263

    Any Opinions or thoughts on a four blade Mercury Revolution 4 prop performance for a Mako 263?

    I repowered my 1996 Mako 263 with twin 200 Optimax's which added about 140lbs to the stern. With a full Livewell in the rear and Full Fuel the boat porpoises (in calm water) until I apply trip tabs.

    When going slow sloppy water, I fall off plane and sometimes need to go faster than I would like to get back on a plane. I use a lot of trim tab in these conditions, but don't like having to do that with a following sea.

    My Goal is to stay on a plane at slower speeds in Sloppy conditions and have overall better performance in the mid range without having to use trim tabs as much. I do not care if I loose top end.

    I had a friend with a 29 ft Striper try the 4 blade Rev 4's and he said it lifted his stern too much and created handling issues.

    Would appreciate anyone who has some experience to share.

    Deadrise on the Mako 263 is listed at 23 degrees.

    Thank You
    John[br]1996 Mako 263[br]Vacaville, CA

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    I run merc 4 blade props and love them, great grip and handling along with a little lift, read the thread on getting 261 bow down, you might try some transom wedges and 4 blade props. I dont use my tabs to push the bow down but only to level boat port to sbd.
    David, New Kent, Va[br]



    [br]Project Thread: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=21067[br]

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    • #3
      You can also contact Ken at Prop Gods, he is an expert in this stuff, will let you try as many props as you want until you find what you like.
      David, New Kent, Va[br]



      [br]Project Thread: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=21067[br]

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      • #4
        Thank You Very Much for the Feedback Triple Crown. Glad to know they work well for you.

        I will see where I can test them out here in California.

        Thank You again.
        John[br]1996 Mako 263[br]Vacaville, CA

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by Salmon1


          Thank You Very Much for the Feedback Triple Crown. Glad to know they work well for you.


          I will see where I can test them out here in California.

          Thank You again.


          Ken will ship props back and forth as long as it takes to get you happy.
          David, New Kent, Va[br]



          [br]Project Thread: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=21067[br]

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          • #6
            I ran my 263 with merc 200 efi's for 10+ years with powertech 4 blade offshore props. 16 inch pitch, I think. Ken from prop Gods was very helpful. The great thing about these were that I could run on plane at 18 knots when the North Carolina water got rough. Usually with 4 divers, gear and tanks going 40 miles each way, I would rarely have to monkey with the throttles going up and down the hills.

            I called Mercury b/c the 15" Mirage props weren't cutting it and the rep said he couldn't help me and to try powertech.

            I run powertech 4 blade 15" props on my 30 Hydrasport now for the same reasons.
            Andy[br]Wilmington, NC[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=39991[br]2012 Hydra Sports 3000VX[br]1997 Mako 263 (SOLD)[br]1976 Mako 20 (SOLD)

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by Triplecrownnc


              You can also contact Ken at Prop Gods, he is an expert in this stuff, will let you try as many props as you want until you find what you like.



              I'll second Prop Gods and he nailed my application coming from a 3 blade and dialed me into the REV4 prop and was spot on. Things I noticed:

              - Boat could hold plane at lower RPM

              - Boat backed much better

              - Better steering feedback

              - Far better to plane with heavy loads

              - Stern lift made the boat "feel" better

              D-
              Current Mqko - 1990 Mako 211 w/2006 250 E-TEC. http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6226. [br]- Previous Makos 1987 20C, 1979 23\' IB, 1970s 17 Angler

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