The different types of sailboat propellers

Choose propeller for sailboats

 

A propeller is the rotating fan which is mostly used on propels ship and it works based on power generated and transmitted by main engine of the ship. If you are a beginner to buy the sailboat propellers then you must concern about certain things which is sufficient to pick the best one. Before you dive into selecting propeller, you must understand your boat intended use. You can consider about your boat average speed, load and boating location. Once you choose the right prop then it will provide excellent performance out of your boat. Always match your propeller to your application like cruising or water skiing. The propeller has hub which is surrounded by the blades of same size and length.

Things to know about sailboat propeller

Marine propellers are designed from corrosion resistant materials and most of the popular materials are used in the propeller such as aluminum, alloys of nickel and bronze. If you are struggling to choose the best sailboat propeller then you must follow some tips such as:

  • Stopping power
  • Drag under sail
  • Speed and power in forward
  • Power in reverse
  • Vibration
  • Maintenance
  • Cost

Propellers are mostly classified by certain factor and propeller blade might vary from three blade propeller to four blade propeller. Sometimes it has 5 blade propellers so that you can choose the best one according to your requirements. Apart from propeller blade, different types of the propellers are there based on the boat usage or engine type such as:

Outboard propellers are mostly used on outboard
Outboard propeller motors and it could be designed with unique materials but stainless steel and aluminum is the best choice.

On the other hand, inboard propellers are installed on inboard motor. In a present world most of the people are willing to buy stern drive propellers because it is offering certain advantages over outboard and inboard props. First and foremost it could be trimmed with the controls at your fingertips which can provide better fuel efficiency, amazing handling in the rough waters and safer shallow water boating.

Four blade sailboat propeller

Three or more than three blades are offering better balance when compared to two blades. Diameter of the prop might play crucial role in how much power it is produced. Fixed blade pros are the best option that you found on all kinds of the boat.