I have a 2006 22' Weldcraft OceanKing with a 225 Honda on it. I misjudged the entrance to Harrison Lagoon the other day on a super low minus tide and dinged my prop pretty good. The current prop is a 3 blade 15 x 17 Solas aluminum. My question is what to replace it with - alum vs. SS; and 3 vs 4 blade. I was looking at these options:
- status quo direct replacement with a 3 blade 15 x 17 Solas aluminum
- Solas 3 blade stainless steel 15.25 x 17
- Solas 4 blade 14.5 x 17
Performance with my current prop was good (before I hit the rock that is....). Jumped up on plane nicely, and I usually cruised at 3200 -3500 rpm. Top end speed is unimportant to me as I rarely go above 4000 rpm. I am getting decent fuel economy, but with the gas proces, an increase in fuel economy with a differennt prop would be very helpful. I was getting approximately 6 - 7 gph at 3200 - 3500 rpm with my old prop.
This looks like a great forum with lots of experience. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.