Fall is hard upon us here in the upper Midwest and there are three types of boaters at this time of year: those lamenting pulling the boat for the season, those who can put on an extra layer of clothing and squeeze several more weeks out of the boating season and those lucky enough to spend the winter in a warm-weather locale with an endless boating season. The boat show season is also getting underway, providing a chance to get out of the chill and chill out while looking at all of the new boats and boating accessories coming for 2014. This is a great time of year for much needed propeller and boat repairs, upgrades and fine tuning, and we have plenty of ideas for you on our Facebook page or at BBLADES.com. Stop by and check out ways to improve the performance of your boat so you’re ready for spring. It’s not as far away as it seems right now!
A Gift From Us to You for the Gift Giving Season
BBLADES appreciates your business and loyalty and we want to say thanks by offering you some seasonal savings so you can give a great gift to the boater in your life…or treat yourself to a little something extra.
During October, we’re offering you 10% saving off the labor rate for any prop repair job, in case there are some dings or dents (or worse) you need taken care of. And in November, from the 1St through “Cyber Monday” on the 2nd of December, you can take an additional 10% off the price of any BBLADES BSAFE Prop Lock to prevent propeller theft, the BBLADES B-Stow to safely store propellers in the bilge of a boat or the bed of a pick-up truck, BBLADES PropSkin Prop Covers to protect your prop in or out of the water or any of our colorful and stylish BBLADES hats & t-shirts. Just enter the promo code BBDEALS13 when you’re checking out from the on-line store at BBLADES.com. We have a lot of unique gift ideas and over 20,000 propeller variations for boaters of all stripes, and really, who wouldn’t want to unwrap a brand new propeller on their next birthday or holiday?
NEW From BBLADES
Sneak Peak at the NEW BBLADES Bravo 1 OBF
Running a big four-stroke outboard? Then you’ll want to check out the NEW BBLADES Bravo 1 OBF, and as a loyal reader of the BBLADES Boating News you can do just that. We won’t be releasing this bad boy to the public until the Miami International Boat Show in February, but here’s the low down: BBLADES has applied our knowledge and expertise to one of the most versatile propellers available, making it ideal for 150 – 300 horsepower four-stroke outboards.
We start with a Mercury Bravo 1, and then wedge the leading edge of each blade for improved acceleration. Next, we match the cupping on each blade for improved performance. Because cupping can increase a propeller’s pitch, engine rpm will generally decrease. The location and amount of cupping determines the rpm and a boat’s personality and attitude changes. The prop is then perfectly balanced, and finally we custom tune the exhaust diffuser for that final little bit of speed.
It’s our own secret recipe cooked up right here in our shop. At just $757.00, it’s like getting a custom propeller at a fraction of the cost. Want a closer look before Miami? Give us a call at 920-295-4435. But, shhhhhh, we’re not talking about this anywhere else until the New Year.
BBlades Spacer Plate Test Program
“Dial-In” Drive Height Affordably with BBLADES Spacer Plate Test Program
If you’re looking for a project to improve your boats performance over the long winter months, BBLADES offers an affordable way to experiment with drive heights for anyone running Bravo, Bravo SportMaster or SSM #VI-Drives: BBLADES Spacer Plate Test Programs.
In addition to its own line of #VI-Drive Spacer Plates available in quarter-inch increments from ¼-inch to 3-inches (other manufacturers only offer half-inch increments), BBLADES offers spacer plates for Bravo and Bravo SportMaster drives offered in .5-, 1-, 1.5-, 2-, 2.5- and 3- inch varieties that can be tested for 15-days. There is a test fee of $100 per Bravo-style plate and $200 per #VI-Drive plate, the test fee is applied to the purchase price if the spacer plate delivers the desired results. If further testing is required, test plates can be traded for an additional test fee until the correct depth is determined. Customers are responsible for the shipping costs in both directions, a modest late fee if the test period time is exceeded, and for any damage to the plates.
A complete line of #VI Drive Spacer Plate parts are available for purchase a-la-cart along with #VI drive Stud Spacers