I just got the boat and it is fitted with a rebel 22" pitch. boat is running 5780 rpm at 63mph. Do these numbers sound right to the prop guys? anyone else running the rebel on a bay boat and could I benefit in switching to a raker?
Running your numbers through a propeller slip calculator show that the propeller is operating efficiently for your application. That probably is the best all around prop for bay boat type of use where you may have to quickly get up on plane in shallow areas.
If you are only looking for top speed and not worrying about efficiency at cruise or quick acceleration in skinny water, a Raker combined with engine height experimentation may yield a few MPH more.
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