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Offline Fisherdv

4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« on: December 07, 2017, 03:38:09 PM »
I have been very happy with my Powertech 14 pitch SS prop. Great cruise and top end for light to moderate loads in calm water with long distances. I been thinking of trying a 4-blade solas 13 1/4x 13 for more of a rough water bay/ocean prop. I can get it for $96. I would switch between props depending on the season or what I’m fishing. So the main question is will my 60 hp Honda BFP60 have enough low end torque to be able to get the hole shot/other benefits from a 4-blade? I know the 4- blade thing has been beatin to death but most info is on F70 or bigger motors. For $96 shipped, I’m very curious to see what all the hype is about.
« Last Edit: December 07, 2017, 06:10:52 PM by Fisherdv »
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline Fisherdv

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2017, 04:02:54 PM »
If not enough power from my 60 to have good acceleration for keeping up with rough following seas then I would pass on it. If adding a 4th blade = 150-200 rpm less than same pitch 3-blade it should be ok :shrug9:
« Last Edit: December 07, 2017, 05:43:29 PM by Fisherdv »
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2017, 06:17:28 PM »


Worked really good on my 15’ Sea Sprinter 50hp Yamaha 4-stroke.  I Think you will be very happy with the 4-blade.
1987 - 17' Sea Pacer - 2004 Evinrude 90 E-tec
15' Sea Sprinter - **SOLD**

"If a fish will, he will… if he won't, he won't… and that's about it… except… he may take this when he won't take that."

Offline Fisherdv

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2017, 06:26:35 PM »
 I may give it a try. I think that’s the only way I’ll know how it will perform on my boat and motor. It’s a $96 gamble, but I’ve spent $96 on a lot worse things before  :doh: This would be a back up or second  prop to my Powertech SCD stainless steel prop
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline Fisherdv

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2017, 07:33:14 PM »
So, I found a Honda Solas Amita, 4-blade prop (13.25x13 pitch) under the Christmas tree. I tried it out today on my Honda BFP60 and I gotta say, I really like it. I think I’m right on the borderline for power with only 60 HP, but I was able to get good acceleration, good cruise, and max RPM of about 5700-5800, can squeeze out 6K, but only trimmed way up. I was running solo, and had 20 gallons of fuel, and all my fishing gear, food, and bait cooler, tools etc. A really heavy load might be pushing it, but I usually don’t run that heavy anyway. What everyone says about the 4-blades is true, very nice prop, but I did lose a few MPH off top end, but that was made up by the performance at all other RPMS. I can see why people with the Yamaha F-70 motor really like this prop. That would be the perfect match IMO. So I think my prop search may be over with both the PowerTech Stainless steel, SCD3 13x14, and this 4-blade. But, then again, it is a BOAT, so never say never.  :gone_fishing:
« Last Edit: December 30, 2017, 07:37:06 PM by Fisherdv »
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline AJFishin

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2017, 04:27:03 PM »
Nice little Christmas gift you got and it sounds like you're happy with it :applause:
Mine has seen better days and it's about time I upgrade, so I might have to copy you and get one too.  :jester:
'96 Sea Chaser 1511 - Yamaha 70HP - 2 smoke

! Go Kings Go !

Offline Fisherdv

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2017, 05:28:44 PM »
Nice little Christmas gift you got and it sounds like you're happy with it :applause:
Mine has seen better days and it's about time I upgrade, so I might have to copy you and get one too.  :jester:
AJ, when your ready to prop shop don’t hesitate to ask if you need any help choosing a prop. I did a lot of research and trial and error to find my current props diameter/ pitch. Heck, I’m almost a proptoligest like Yat  :jester: Thx Yat! And with the help of the members here also, I’m sure you’d get some good suggestions. Of course the first step would be knowing what size prop you have now, (diameter and pitch), max RPM your getting now at WOT, top end speed, and your motors max RPM range. If your prop has seen better days, you may be surprised at the performance gains with a new one. Just be sure your getting close to your motors recommend max RPM. That will make sure your getting good low end acceleration in case you need to out run a wave in the salt
« Last Edit: December 31, 2017, 08:31:11 PM by Fisherdv »
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline AJFishin

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2017, 07:51:51 PM »
When the time comes I'll be throwing some questions your way.  :beerchug:

"proptoligest" like Yat   :jester:  Almost sounds like something else :jester:
'96 Sea Chaser 1511 - Yamaha 70HP - 2 smoke

! Go Kings Go !

Offline Fisherdv

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2017, 08:26:24 PM »
 :jester: :beerchug:
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline Yachter Yat

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2018, 05:54:20 AM »
   I'm a doctor of Proptology?   I like it! :smile1:  In fact, I'm going to ask my wife for a raise.  Wish me luck!

Dr. Yat  :jester:
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16 SC/Honda 60

Offline Fisherdv

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2018, 08:33:14 AM »
Here are the performance numbers with the Honda 4-blade, 13.25x13 prop. Tested with one person, 20 gallons of gas, fishing gear, bait cooler on flat saltwater, no wind:

RPM   vs.    MPH
4000@ 19
4500@ 23
5000@ 26
5500@ 29
5700@ 30  (trim set to level)
6000@ 31  (trimmed up as far as possible)

MAX RPM is between 5700 and at most, trimmed way up, 6000
6 seconds time to plane
« Last Edit: January 03, 2018, 08:41:07 AM by Fisherdv »
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline AJFishin

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2018, 09:40:12 AM »
I like these numbers.
So comparing your 2 posts and converting Knot to MPH from your 3 prop post. It sounds like you're getting pretty much the same speed (WOT) with both props, but a lower RPM with the 4 blade, correct?
« Last Edit: January 04, 2018, 12:29:18 PM by AJFishin »
'96 Sea Chaser 1511 - Yamaha 70HP - 2 smoke

! Go Kings Go !

Offline Rokefin

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2018, 09:40:25 AM »
Those numbers look pretty good, close to the performance of my 17 chaser with 4 blade on a 115 yami.
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Offline Fisherdv

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2018, 09:56:56 AM »
So comparing your 2 posts and converting Knot to MPH from your 3 prop post. It sounds like you're getting pretty much the same speed (WOT) with both props, but a lower RPM with the 4 blade, correct?
AJ, comparing  the 3-blade SS PowerTech prop 13x14, and the 4-blade aluminum prop 13.25x13, the performance numbers are pretty much the same give or take 1 MPH or so. However, the 3-blade with a 14 pitch has slower acceleration and about 9 seconds to plane with a light load. The 4-blade prop with a 13 pitch is about 6 seconds to plane. The 3-blade PowerTech is SS so very little flex compared to aluminum. Overall though they are both very good props on this boat and I will probably just switch between the two depending on what I’m doing. Also the PowerTech prop is $315 compared to $96 for the aluminum 4-blade
« Last Edit: January 03, 2018, 10:04:14 AM by Fisherdv »
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline AJFishin

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2018, 12:26:11 PM »
I like your results with the aluminum 4-blade and that quicker jump onto a plane when loaded is nice too. So I think I'm leaning towards the 4 blade.
Worst thing is I think I have a 4 blade somewhere around that's in decent condition, problem is I have CRS (can't remember sh##) so I'm not sure if I still actually have it :doh: :jester:
'96 Sea Chaser 1511 - Yamaha 70HP - 2 smoke

! Go Kings Go !

Offline Fisherdv

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2018, 12:33:24 PM »
“CRS” don’t you just hate when that happens?  :jester:
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline AJFishin

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2018, 12:30:58 PM »
“CRS” don’t you just hate when that happens?  :jester:


Hate when what happens?  :jester:
'96 Sea Chaser 1511 - Yamaha 70HP - 2 smoke

! Go Kings Go !

Offline Fisherdv

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2018, 12:48:51 PM »
 :applause: :jester:
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline Markshoreline

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2018, 04:28:12 PM »
Thanks for posting your performance numbers, very helpful.
2002 Sea Ranger HT 21, Yamaha 150, Yamaha 9.9

Offline Fisherdv

Re: 4-blade prop on 16 SC w/Honda 60hp
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2018, 04:38:13 PM »
Thanks for posting your performance numbers, very helpful.
I hope others will find the numbers helpful. Not much performance numbers with a 16 and Honda BFP60 out there so I’m glad that others can use this info as well. Seems like the Honda 60’s are a good option for a 16 SC along with the Yamaha F70. I’m very happy that I found out my GPS was set to knots instead of MPH. Now that I’m set to show readings in MPH I’m a lot happier with the performance numbers. The whole time I had boat I thought it was slow because I was reading knots unknowningly. It’s about a 3 mph difference  :doh:
« Last Edit: January 04, 2018, 07:59:58 PM by Fisherdv »
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP