Feb 222012

Solas Trade ArticleWe are especially pleased how our company, SOLAS was highlighted in the February issue of Trade Only today – regarding the Solas commitment to quality for marine propulsion. Read the recent article at Trade Only, a boating trade magazine. The article outlines our boat propeller product quality efforts and introduces Solas dealers to our new sales account manager for Brazil and Latin America.

It also gives you a good look at the Rubex display rack that helps local dealers stock propellers for most boat engine brands 30hp and up, without filling a whole room with prop inventory. When someone needs a propeller right away, the dealer who has this display can usually help out on the spot.

  2 Responses to “Commitment to Quality for Marine Propulsion”

  1. I am confused with the large selection of boat props available. Replacing a prop on Honda 50 hp-17 ft console boat- 1000 # or less when loaded. have used 12 and 13 pitch- aluminum or steel? Comments appreciated. Thanks

    • Use what you have as a good starting point. The main thing is to be sure that your engine is operating within the RPM range that is recommended by Honda for wide open throttle under normal usage conditions for the given boat. If it isn’t, but you’re OK with the general performance of the boat, then you mainly need only focus on what pitch will get you into the correct range. You already know what pitch you have as a basis and it very well could be good already.

      If instead your boat has a specific trait that you don’t like, then you might be more inclined to focus on the characteristics of the optional blade styles that are available for your engine to see if they might help. Traits like excessive bow lift, difficulty in getting the boat on plane or one mile an hour shy of the neighbors boat, etc. In this case you’ll want to double-check your decision with a propeller expert before you buy, to help pick the right style for the intended purpose and what pitch to use. In the end, only the tachometer can tell for sure about pitch selection.

      As for aluminum vs. stainless steel, aluminum props have thicker, more flexible blades that are a little less efficient than their stainless counterparts. However, some of this difference is mitigated by Solas’ squeeze cast aluminum manufacturing process. In impact, the aluminum prop will suffer more damage while the stainless steel prop will come off looking better but at the expense of more impact energy reaching the shafts and gears. Either way, both materials should be repaired to restore balance and performance. In a boating area with a lot of submerged objects, experienced boaters will often opt to stick with aluminum and a spare.

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