Trying to figure out if my problem is my prop or something else. 2015 75hp ETEC on a 2105 SEAARK RXV 186. Boat is a standard aluminum mod-v 18.5' w/ 15 deg hull like many other on the market (G3, tracker, lowe, etc.). Boat has always run around 1000 rpm below target since new. Had a Power Tech RED 13.25x16p when purchased. Recently ran a Turning Point Mach 4 13.5x15p. Both produced rpms around 4100-4200 depending on trim. The boat does handle better with the 4 blade as it is stern heavy. Have tried raising motor height to the point of exsessive slip with little change. Boat speed is around 33-34mph which seems right for an 18' w/ a 75. So, is this a prop issue or possible something else? By all accounts from BRP the engine should have no problem turning both of these props close to the target RPM range of 5000-5500. Any suggestions would be appriciated.
First have your dealer check out your motor, the fuel pressures, and do a cylinder drop test using the Evinrude diagnostics software and check the tach accuracy. then try different props.
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