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Old 03-06-2017, 06:59 PM
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Pictures of the boat out of the water, particularly showing the engine area, might help. What kind of props are you running, stainless or aluminium ? The latter will give a lot of cavitation and/or ventilation problems on cats. The smoothness of the hull is not a factor for this. Even if your cav plate is running level with the bottom, and there is no appendage causing turbulence, alloy props usually let go, particularly in turns.

EDIT: I just looked at the pics in post #173. Seems to be aluminium props. Unfortunately testing with stainless won't be cheap. Some people have resorted to five-blade stainless on some cats. Three-bladed worked well for me though. Check you are getting the revs into the recommended max rpm range before choosing any props, you may need to come down in pitch.
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Old 03-06-2017, 08:22 PM
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Pictures of the boat out of the water, particularly showing the engine area, might help. What kind of props are you running, stainless or aluminium ? The latter will give a lot of cavitation and/or ventilation problems on cats. The smoothness of the hull is not a factor for this. Even if your cav plate is running level with the bottom, and there is no appendage causing turbulence, alloy props usually let go, particularly in turns.

EDIT: I just looked at the pics in post #173. Seems to be aluminium props. Unfortunately testing with stainless won't be cheap. Some people have resorted to five-blade stainless on some cats. Three-bladed worked well for me though. Check you are getting the revs into the recommended max rpm range before choosing any props, you may need to come down in pitch.
They are Aluminium Props. I want to go to four or five blades, stainless would be good, but as you say expensive. Ill get some pics next time I take her down. I don't really care for speed, just want a reasonable cruise, and lots of bite. Can the ventilation be that noticeable with rubbish props?
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Old 03-06-2017, 08:39 PM
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Yes, aluminium is far from ideal where there is a tendency for the prop to lose grip. Is it happening in turns only ? If it is, I'd say stainless will be the answer. Don't spend money on more alloy. Stainless gives you better turning, more trim range. The difference is surprising.
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Old 03-06-2017, 09:07 PM
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Yes, aluminium is far from ideal where there is a tendency for the prop to lose grip. Is it happening in turns only ? If it is, I'd say stainless will be the answer. Don't spend money on more alloy. Stainless gives you better turning, more trim range. The difference is surprising.
Ok will do. I'll need to start calculating pitch/diameter vs revs, and that's going to be hard if I keep getting Ventilation.
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Old 03-06-2017, 09:17 PM
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To re-iterate, the main thing is when this problem occurs, is it happening in straight-line running, once on plane, or only in turns, no matter if they are gentle turns ?
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Old 03-06-2017, 11:06 PM
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Straight line when I throttle up too much. At low speeds no issue, as soon as it comes on the plane seems to lose bite and then start to over rev and lose speed. On one motor no cavitation. In turns cavitates at the same rate as throttle up.
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Old 03-06-2017, 11:19 PM
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You mean only one of the engines does this ? If that is so, you may have a slipping prop hub, which is easily repaired by a marine shop. To test that, clearly mark both the rubber hub and the propellor boss at the same spot on the circumference, if after use the marks don't line up, it is slipping under load. Alternatively, that prop may have blade damage. Inspect for that.
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Old 03-07-2017, 12:19 AM
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You mean only one of the engines does this ? If that is so, you may have a slipping prop hub, which is easily repaired by a marine shop. To test that, clearly mark both the rubber hub and the propellor boss at the same spot on the circumference, if after use the marks don't line up, it is slipping under load. Alternatively, that prop may have blade damage. Inspect for that.
Nah, I mean it does not cavitate when under power with one motor only.
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Old 03-07-2017, 02:09 AM
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I'd have thought it would not plane on one motor.
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Old 03-07-2017, 07:00 PM
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I'd have thought it would not plane on one motor.
Correct, it's not planing on one motor.
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