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Do I Need a 4 Blade Propeller for Wakeboarding?

A lot of boat owners have a common misconception that 4 blade propellers deliver increased performance and are more efficient than 3 blade propellers. There are quite a few older forum posts and other guides that claim 4 blade props are needed when wakeboarding behind a ski boat or older model v-drive with a 1:1 gear ratio.

This was indeed the case a few years ago but all of that changed when Acme started the implementation of precision CNC Propeller manufacturing. Thanks to Acme Propellers the 3 blade is gaining the reputation it deserves. The Acme 3 blade prop has awesome hole-shot with an unmatched top end. What is truly amazing is the smoothness throughout the rev range unlike the hand finished props of the past.

If your boat does have a gear reduction, typically 1.23:1 or 1.5:1, the transfer of the motor's power to the water will allow a 4 blade or even 5 blade propeller to obtain better performance. Reduction gears also provide the ability to run greater propeller diameters which in most cases are more efficient.

The perfect prop is determined by the specific application and a couple other variables such as elevation, speed requirements and ballast load, not the number of blades the prop has.
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2 thoughts on “Do I Need a 4 Blade Propeller for Wakeboarding? ”

  • Matt Carroll
    Matt Carroll May 1, 2013 at 6:41 am

    I have a 2006 Malibu 23 XTI. We only use the boat for wakeboarding and surfing. Should i use the 231 or the 911?

    • Jason

      Hi Matt- Thanks for your comment. Based on how you're using your boat, I would suggest the Acme 911 propeller. It's slightly more aggressive at the lower end of the speed spectrum (wakeboard and wake surf speeds) than the Acme 231, which should benefit you for how you're using the boat. Please contact us if you want to discuss your options further.


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