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fabtech
08-15-2005, 06:00 PM
I have both the factory 3 blade Michigan and an aftermarket 3 blade OJ prop for my '85 Stars & Stripes, but wanted some feedback on four blade props. Better or worse, thinking of buying one. I have noticed that the Michigan Prop seems to Run smoother after I have it tuned. The OJ seems to vibrate all the time. The guy who tuned our props is gone and I can't find anyone who can come close to his work. Any suggestions as to prop tuners as well.

MarkP
08-15-2005, 06:17 PM
You might find some help at one, http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=3462&highlight=Prop+test or the other link, http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/search.php?searchid=168283 ..

Good luck and, Welcome aboard

6ballsisall
08-15-2005, 06:20 PM
Fab, hands down get a CNC Prop. I had a ACME CNC 541 on my 86' MC (same hull as you) and it was incredibly better than the OJ Legend 4 Blade

jimmer2880
08-15-2005, 06:48 PM
** Edit - I originally said 95 S&S - I meant to say 1985 S&S - Georgouse boat! **

I just loaned a buddy with an 85 S&S my 4-blade OJ. (non-CNC). He did slalom only comparisons between his old 3-blade (non-CNC) and a 12x13 ACME CNC. He liked the hole shot improvement of the Acme, but his wife & daughters did not like the additional lip it put on the wakes & the increase of rooster. My 4-blade gave smaller wake & same hole-shot as the 3-blade CNC. He's sending back the Acme & they are going to send him a different CNC to try.

This is the first and only anti-CNC story I've heard, but this guy used to (many years ago) consistantly win the regional amature slalom torneys - so I trust his observations as gold.

I'll let you know what he ends up with. The folks at Acme say they'll keep swaping till they give him something he likes. He can't say enough about the pre-sales support.

CoFooter
08-15-2005, 07:30 PM
Your OJ should not vibrate unless it's been dinged. Once had a vibration problem on a new prop and found it was not completely seated on the shaft (i.e. the key was too far back). Make sure the key is completely under the prop bore. Sounds fundamental, but new CNC props should never vibrate.

jimmer2880
08-16-2005, 06:38 AM
as far as prop guys - I can't say enough about the quality of work that Curtis' prop repair does. They're on the DC beltway, but I have used UPS with them before. They do real good work, they handle many of the off-shore racing boats in the DC/Baltimore/Annapolis area.(301) 899-2220

fabtech
08-17-2005, 07:44 PM
Thanks for all the insite guys. Your info will definately help in my decision.

bfinley
08-17-2005, 11:14 PM
If you're interested, I'm selling a 541 on ebay right now:

Ebay Site (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1,1&item=4568611090&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT)

6ballsisall
08-17-2005, 11:19 PM
If you're interested, I'm selling a 541 on ebay right now:

Ebay Site (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1,1&item=4568611090&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT)

B, who did the repair work on this one for you? I am looking at getting one, this might save me some bucks?

bfinley
08-18-2005, 12:12 AM
Jeff,
I sent it in to Acme.
Brandon

dog paw
08-18-2005, 09:25 PM
I can also give "props" to Curtis propeller. They do awesome work! VERY busy place in the summer months

sten76
08-18-2005, 09:27 PM
Get an Acme. Call the guy up and he will hook you up. I am thinking of buying another Acme just as a spare. Now that I have had it on the boat, I can not imagine going back to the original prop.

MarkP
08-18-2005, 10:16 PM
as far as prop guys - I can't say enough about the quality of work that Curtis' prop repair does. They're on the DC beltway, but I have used UPS with them before. They do real good work, they handle many of the off-shore racing boats in the DC/Baltimore/Annapolis area.(301) 899-2220I'm goin to have to keep that phone number..

jimmer2880
08-19-2005, 07:13 PM
I'm goin to have to keep that phone number..

They've always treated me good. I am usually good for having 1 prop a summer fixed. :(