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Old 05-14-2007, 09:43 AM
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1st Time Out With Acme 3-Blade Prop

Our last trip out on the boat last year resulted in the stock 4-blade prop getting bent. After posting my story, TMC member erkoehler recommended the Acme 3-blade CNC machined prop, so I ordered one from him with the plans of having my stock prop rebuilt. I felt a little uneasy about it after receiving the 3-blade because my local dealer said if a 3-blade was better then that's what would have gone on my 197 TT from the factory. Did I just blow $400+?

The 3-blade has been sitting in a box for about 6 months and I finally put it on Saturday. Comparing it to the stock 4-blade I was impressed with how much lighter the 3-blade Acme was. Yesterday we took the boat out for the first time this year and I can happily say I am extremely impressed with the Acme! I'm still new to the boat culture, so maybe a more experienced person will notice something different; but my impressions were it being every bit as smooth as the 4-blade with just as much holeshot, quicker acceleration, and about 5 mph more on the top end.

So kudos to Eric and Acme - this is a prop I would buy again!
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Old 05-14-2007, 09:45 AM
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Sorry to hear you waited so long, but glad you love it now!
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:15 AM
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This was actually the first time the boat has been out since you mailed me the prop. Seems like something is always going every weekend or we're getting rain.

Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction!
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Old 05-14-2007, 12:14 PM
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I had a similar experience...did you get the 843? It's an excellent prop and well worth the money for the extra performance you get. Once you run the 3-blade for awhile, just for kicks and grins, put the 4-blade back on and see what you think. The difference will be amazing...especially after getting used to the "feeling" of the 3-blade. Our local MC dealer had one sitting on the shelf for quite some time, so they "made me a deal" - got my 843 for $290 !! That made it even more WAY worth it.
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Old 05-14-2007, 12:29 PM
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whats the wake do with this prop?? is it softer?
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Old 05-14-2007, 07:33 PM
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Rod, not sure if the wake is any softer, I'm pretty sure that the 22 off bump is flatter.
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Old 05-14-2007, 08:05 PM
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whats the wake do with this prop?? is it softer?
I'm not a pro-level skiier by any means, and couldn't feel a difference. Ski 15' off but nothing much shorter.
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