No matter what type of boating you do, what type of horsepower you run, or what type of propeller you spin, BBLADES has the right prop to help you max-out your boats performance. Better hole shot? No problem. Faster top-end? We can help squeeze out a few more rpm and mph. Improved fuel economy? There’s a prop for that.
But even after consulting with your BBLADES prop pro about which wheel is best for your application, the true proof is how it performs on your boat, and BBLADES Prop Test Program is an easy, inexpensive way to “try before you buy.”
BBLADES offers test props from our own line of quality propellers, as well as those from Mercury, Turbo, Hydromotive and more; BBLADES even offers testing of Hering Offshore propellers , and is the only prop shop to make such an offer available.
After discussing your best options with BBLADES, order prop(s) through the test program. A test fee of $45 per prop for traditional wheels and $200 per prop for Hering Offshore (along with a security deposit on Hering’s) will be charged to your credit card. You then have 15-days to test and record data, and we even give you a handy test form to make sure you’re collecting the right data. If the propeller works, just charge the purchase to your credit card (the security deposit will be applied toward the purchase of Hering Offshore). If you choose to test a different formula, we’ll ship additional demos under the terms of the program upon return of the original(s). The customer pays all shipping charges. The details are available here, for traditional props and here for Hering Offshore.
BBLADES Propeller Test programs give boaters the confidence to buy a new prop knowing how it will work and knowing it’s the right choice before shelling out the purchase price.
So now that you have the perfect wheel for your boat and motor combination, what’s the best way to improve performance without spending a fortune to upgrade horsepower? The answer is simple: engine set-up. The solution, is not so simple, but easier if you take advantage of BBLADES’ Spacer Plate Test Program; and you won’t find another program like it anywhere.
BBLADES offers spacer plate testing
for Bravo, Bravo Sport Master or #6 Drives.
Spacer plates allow boaters to change the depth of the propeller in the water – the so-called “X” dimension. Lowering the “X” dimension can improve a boats attitude and handling while raising it will generally increase speed. Spacer plates lower a gearcase without having to change the drive height, improving overall performance, decreasing prop slip percentage, reducing “time-to-plane,” and increasing bow lift.
BBLADES offers spacer plates for Bravo and Bravo Sport Master drives in .5-, 1-, 1.5-, and 2-inch varieties that can be tested for 15-days at a cost of $100 per plate. The deposit and test fee are 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.
For the high-end performance boater, BBLADES is the only manufacturer offering #6 Drive spacer plates in quarter-inch increments, ranging from ¼-inch to 3-inches. All other manufacturers only offer spacers in half-inch increments. A quarter-of-an-inch may not sound like much, but an experienced boat rigger knows that each boat and each set-up is different. The ‘one size fits all’ mentality of some manufacturers does not meet the needs of the serious performance boater looking for the ultimate set-up and optimum performance. The #6 Drive program works the same way as its Bravo counterpart, but with a $200 per plate testing fee.
BBLADES also offers riggers a complete line of #6-Driver Stud Spacers. This innovative product allows riggers to decrease the size of spacer plates without changing stud length. This is a more cost effective testing procedure.
Are you serious about maximizing the performance of your boat? BBLADES is too, and we’ll consult with you to find the best possible set-up combination and it won’t cost you more than the price of the phone call. What are you waiting for? The boating season is only getting shorter from here forward!
BBLADES’ testing programs are only available the continental United States, unfortunately.
Interested in prop trial program andneed details of what data you need for best choice
2003 nordic heat bravo xr drive 28 pitch bravo 1 prop 1inch drive spacer 4900 rpms at 75- 80 mph.depends on ampospheric temps
Can not use lab prop after I installed 1 Inch drive spacer any recommendations on prop
For more top end or for causing around 50mph
Cruising around 50