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    Prop Testing New Boat

    Don't know about your motor, but many have pretty good data logging. IF a problem later develops, an abusive "break in" period might be an issue. Also, a number of high-tech engines (marine and other) have shown early oil-burn or make-oil issues of over the years. Those generally get fixed by...
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    Fuel Separator on Yamaha 90VF?

    Several questions there, may be able to help a little bit. Our Yamaha 90F has a small translucent bulb that can capture a small amount of crud/water. It has a float in it to show if something other than fuel is present with out removing it. I check occasionally and have found nothing (have also...
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    Argh! Just added $3,000 to my build!

    Yup, wish our pontoon had one.....
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    Question regarding Pitch and 3 versus 4 blades

    Nope. Yeah, Keowee is a fine lake, at a little more than 18,000 acers, it's about a third the size of Harwell, but plenty big enough for us.
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    Question regarding Pitch and 3 versus 4 blades

    Ahhhh....why settle for just one, a prop and the scotch, well played! The source you linked only shows the 12p in the larger hub diameter (4 3/4" intended for the CT Command Thrust motors, interesting). I thought there was a 12p in the 4 1/4" hub too...guess not. Do a little shopping for a...
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    Question regarding Pitch and 3 versus 4 blades

    As you look into some prop tinkering, be sure you are looking at the pontoon version of the Spitfire/Nemesis. The Spitfire line is so popular that there are several somewhat different versions/focus. Also for modest power, intended use really matters because we can't just blow away a mismatch...
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    Question regarding Pitch and 3 versus 4 blades

    That's really good news! Even at a low weight, 26 MPH is very good and no better proof that 25" tubes with lifting strakes work. As noted above, additional load, and it's distribution, will reduce top speed. With only 90 HP on tap, expect to loose 4-5 MPH with, say, 6 adults + beer (scotch?)...
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    My new 22sxp is a BIG disappointment

    I haven't noticed it mentioned that the Merc 115 CT (Command Thrust) has the larger lower gear housing (same as most 150 HP and larger motors), not the smaller lower diameter of most 115 HP motors. As you are looking for props, be sure to mention that. Sounds like the general purpose Black Max...
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    Prop test data

    Yes, caution is well advised! I have "adjusted" the height or our motors several times with the pontoons in very shallow water (have never owned a pontoon trailer) using blocks, prybars, etc. and the hydraulics of the motor itself, by myself. However, I would not recommend solo "shade tree"...
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    Prop test data

    Yup, and the similar problem with a jack plate too. All it takes is a little ripple to cause the prop to unload and a functional test of the rev limiter. As for log scum, I carry two polypropylene stiff-bristle brushes (long and short handles). While having lunch at some island beach, I spend...
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    Prop test data

    You may already know all you need to about an SWS17, but I hope to have some better recon for you later....OR....is that SWS19 still laying around? Clean tubes and the new mounting height might throw a different light on it.....
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    No PADS here. Ever. (Finally!)

    Yup, we spend a lot of time just enjoying the scenery at 4-5 MPH. What we have now is the third 20 footer at this house and it has more HP than the other two at only 90. The beauty of a smaller/simpler pontoon is that the wife and I can leave the house and be at any one of a dozen island beaches...
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    My new 22sxp is a BIG disappointment

    Yeah, fun stuff. I guess you aren't going fast enough to be of much concern. But if you are generating some good crossing speed, be ready for a ski like that to fly like a wakeboard...don't ask me how I know that.....
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    My new 22sxp is a BIG disappointment

    Congrats, you must be using a "big boy" ski. Attempting to slalom on my regular ski at anything less than ~32 MPH is very tiring and just asking for a crash!
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    My new 22sxp is a BIG disappointment

    Wow, could it be that someone not only put the wrong type motor on the pontoon, but mounted it up one hole too?????? That would seem to be a rather significant QC issue.....
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