Give it Some Umphh!!!
This was a little bit of a shock going from a 14x16 to a 15x12, but very satisfied with the purchase.
A little background. I lost my previous prop to a problem during launch which was the common ACME 1235 14.5x14.25. Fortunately, I had a spare so the week at Lake Powell was not a total loss. The spare was a 14x16; I assume the original prop that was on the boat. The 14x16 was very nice for cruising around Lake Powell, but when pulling me out of the water with ballast full and the wedge down, it wasn't happening. While I was satisfied with the 1235, I had the thought nagging at me that I might like a lower pitch prop a bit better as the majority of our boating is Wake Surfing with around 4500 lbs of ballast, and pulling my 275lbs out of the water.
With the 2315 attached we launched and began a new week at Lake Powell. The prop performed beautifully. We definitely saw a hit to the top end, especially coming from the 16 pitch that we had been using recently, but we saw a significant boost at the low end with this new prop. The first couple pulls were pretty surprising as the boat lifted me out of the water without effort.
Ahh!!! That's what this feels like when the boat isn't challenged to pull your weight.
The surf wave formed much more quickly, and with the ability to fully load the ballast and drop the wedge at the same time, I had what was certainly my best rides ever. I have always struggled to have enough push to drop the rope, as any small error…