In process of purchasing a new 2014 Bennington pontoon boat model RL2275 (22') with 2014 Evinrude etec 225HO outboard. Boat has ESP pkg with 3 tubes, lifting strakes, aluminum under deck skin, and will be used mainly for cruising, skiing, and tubing. Looking for the best prop for this combination and use. Any and all help is appreciated.
Choosing the correct propeller for your type of boating is normally a trial and error situation. It is best to work with your dealer to try out different propeller sizes and styles to find one that best suits your needs.
The following link is a performance report on a 2275 Bennington with a 250 HO which is a very strong motor. It found the 18" Viper to work well. Based on that I would start with a 16" or 17" Viper with your 225hp motor. For skiing and tubing, you might want to try a 15" Rebel for a strong midrange and economical cruising.
With a pontoon boat is is advisable to prop it near the top rpm range to allow for additional people and gear aboard without lugging the motor. For your 225, somewhere in the 5600-5800 rpm range works well.
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The factory recommends that a properly trained technician service your Johnson or Evinrude outboard motor. Should you elect to perform repairs yourself, use caution, common sense, and observe safety procedures in the vicinity of flammable liquids, around moving parts, near high-temperature components, and working with electrical or ignition systems.
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Bill, thanks for the good info. All makes sense to me Hopefully the dealer/service folks will work with me in trying different props if necessary to achieve best performance.