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Michigan Wheel Apollo Propellers

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Apollo Stainless Steel Propellers are top of the line outboard propellers, known for ultimate performance. Apollo stainless steel propellers are designed by the leading replacement boat prop manufacturer (Michigan Wheel) for the past 100 years. Michigan Wheel Apollo props provide a proven combination of performance and durability that will wake... Prices Starting At: $180.99

Michigan Wheel Vortex Propellers

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Michigan Wheel Vortex propeller, high performance aluminum outboard propeller utilizing the XHS™ hub system. Vortex Aluminum Propellers include features such as high performance blade geometry, precision balanced blades, and high powdercoat finish. Designed by the leading replacement boat propeller manufacturer for the past 100 years. Vortex ... Prices Starting At: $47.99

Michigan Wheel Ballistic Propellers

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Michigan Wheel Marine produces various lines of outboard propellers, each with its own distinct characteristics and applications. The Ballistic Propeller, for instance, is designed for those who need explosive speeds and reliable performance in aggressive environments. It is made of premium quality materials that have been selected for their superi... Prices Starting At: $210.99

Michigan Wheel Michigan Match Propellers

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Michigan Wheel Michigan Match propellers are among the finest propellers available, made from superior materials and by superior craftsmen. In the Michigan Match prop, you'll find high-strength, fine-grade alloys that ensure longer prop life. Michigan Match props have a high gloss black powder coat finish that minimizes speed loss from drag and ... Prices Starting At: $60.99

SOLAS Amita Aluminum Propellers

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SOLAS uses a state of the art squeeze casting process to make their Amita aluminum propellers stonger and tougher than traditional die cast props. SOLAS Amita aluminum propellers have 4 layers of paint. Using superior coatings on the Amita props ensures excellent anti-corrosion performance. Solas Amita Three Blade Aluminum Propeller - Exclusive So... Prices Starting At: $47.99

SOLAS Saturn Stainless Propellers

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SOLAS Saturn stainless steel propellers feature the industry's highest percentage of chromium, nickel and molybdenum. These materials resist corrosion and increase the stability of the Saturn's propeller blades. Performance and durability are the characteristics of the SOLAS Saturn stainless steel products. General Purpose Solas Saturn Propeller -... Prices Starting At: $110.99

SOLAS New Saturn Stainless Propellers

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SOLAS New Saturn stainless steel propellers feature the industry's highest percentage of chromium, nickel and molybdenum. The New Saturn materials resist corrosion and increase the stability of the propeller blades. Performance and durability are the characteristics of the SOLAS New Saturn stainless steel products. Solas New Saturn - All Around Pe... Prices Starting At: $153.99

SOLAS Lexor Stainless Propellers

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SOLAS Lexor stainless steel propellers feature the industry's highest percentage of chromium, nickel and molybdenum. The Solas Lexor materials resist corrosion and increase the stability of the propeller blades. Performance and durability are the characteristics of the SOLAS Lexor stainless steel products. Solas Lexor Prop - All Around Performance... Prices Starting At: $321.99

SOLAS Titan Stainless Propellers

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SOLAS Titan stainless steel propellers feature the industry's highest percentage of chromium, nickel and molybdenum. These materials resist corrosion and increase the stability of the SOLAS Titan propeller blades. Performance and durability are the characteristics of the SOLAS Titan stainless steel products. SOLAS TITAN Props - High Power Applicat... Prices Starting At: $253.99

SOLAS HR Titan Stainless Propellers

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SOLAS HR Titan stainless steel propellers feature the industry's highest percentage of chromium, nickel and molybdenum. These materials resist corrosion and increase the stability of the SOLAS HR Titan propeller blades. Performance and durability are the characteristics of the SOLAS HR Titan stainless steel products. SOLAS HR Titan - High Speed Ap... Prices Starting At: $262.99

SOLAS Rubex Aluminum Propellers

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Solas RUBEX Aluminum Boat Propellers Solas Rubex Aluminum propellers are known for: Exclusive Solas squeeze casting process Wide blade design specifically for 4-stroke engines Outstanding acceleration and top speed Interchangeable with Flo-Torq & XHS Systems Solas Rubex 2-piece propellers are designed to eliminate the chatter and vibration se... Prices Starting At: $52.99

SOLAS Rubex Stainless Propellers

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SOLAS RUBEX Stainless Steel Boat Propellers SOLAS RUBEX stainless steel props are known for: Top notch cruising performance Large diameter and blade area for larger boat loads Awesome high speed performance without sacrificing cruising speeds Excellent fuel economy for offshore boats Interchangeable with Flo-Torq & Vortex Systems Reduce vibr... Prices Starting At: $205.99

SOLAS Rubex HR4 Stainless Propellers

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RUBEX HR4 Stainless Steel Boat Propellers SOLAS Stainless Steel High Performance RUBEX Interchangeable Hub Propellers Interchangeable with Flo-Torq & Vortex Systems Reduce vibration to provide longer life to lower units The SOLAS RUBEX Advantage All SOLAS propellers are developed by a state of the art process. Through a sequence of theoreti... Prices Starting At: $237.99

SOLAS Rubex NS3 Stainless Propellers

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RUBEX NS3 Stainless Steel Boat Propellers SOLAS Stainless Steel High Performance RUBEX Interchangeable Hub Propellers Interchangeable with Flo-Torq & Vortex Systems Reduce vibration to provide longer life to lower units SOLAS Rubex Manufacturing Advantages All SOLAS propellers are developed by a state of the art process. Through a sequence of t... Prices Starting At: $217.99

SOLAS RBX Rubex Hub System Kits

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Solas Rubex Hub Kits fit Rubex Interchangable Hub Propellers. All necessary hardware included with easy to follow instructions. - Hub kit constructed of rubber, no plastic to deteriorate - Annodized aluminum spline - Hub will not spin in propeller Prices Starting At: $24.99

Michigan Wheel XHS Hub System Kits

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Michigan Wheel's Xchangeable Hub System (XHS™) absorbs impact and stress caused by shifting gears and is designed to spin under significant impact to protect your lower end unit. XHS Hub Kits include forward thrust washer, inner hub, and aft drive adapter. These XHS™ Hub Kits are utilzed on the Apollo® Stainless Steel Propellers and Vortex® Alum... Prices Starting At: $11.99

For outboard owners world-wide, Deep Blue Yacht Supply is your trusted source for all size Outboard Propellers. We are committed to providing the best outboard props, at the lowest prices; with superior customer service.

Deep Blue Yacht Supply has the largest inventory of Outboard Propellers; you will be sure to find the best props for your outboard engine. Deep Blue Yacht Supply carries the full line of Michigan Wheel and SOLAS Stainless Steel and Aluminum Propellers for outboard engines such as Yamaha, Evinrude, Johnson, Mercury, Honda, Nissan, Tohatsu, etc.

Need help finding the perfect boat propeller for your outboard? Use our state of the art Outboard Prop Guide to find the perfect propeller for your boat.

Trust Deep Blue Yacht Supply to help equip your boat with the best possible outboard props. Deep Blue Yacht Supply is able to provide the ultimate sales and service experience, when it comes to selecting the best propellers for your application. Several manufacturers create high quality products that churn out excellent performance. Among the best are Michigan Wheel Marine with its Apollo, Ballistic, Michigan Match, and Vortex lines, and SOLAS which boasts of its Stainless Steel Series and Aluminum Series propellers.

Apollo XHS Propellers

Those who need to replace their original propeller should take a good look at the Michigan Wheel Apollo series. The products in this line are commonly used in outboard and sterndrive applications. They come in either a 3-blade or a 4-blade configuration, with the latter producing a superior hole shot effect that is desirable when the boat is carrying heavy loads or is engaged in water sports. These stainless steel propellers are expertly designed using the latest in CAD technology and are precision-machined for smooth operation. They feature the XHS Xchangeable Hub System for ultimate versatility and performance. Diameter sizes range from 12 inches to 23 inches for outboard and sterndrive applications. Larger diameters are available for more demanding applications.

Ballistic Propellers

As the name implies, these Michigan Wheel Ballistic props are all about explosive performance. This intention can be clearly seen with their tapered edges that are designed to reduce drag so that the boat can move through the water with ease. Cavitation is not a problem with these propellers as their blade tips and the cup work together to minimize power loss. The blades can cope with the speed thanks to a good amount of thickness and excellent strength that comes from using 15-5ph stainless steel. It is also corrosion resistant and comes in pitch sizes ranging from 13 inches to 27 inches.

Michigan Match Propellers

The Michigan Match series features a tough NAVAL brass spindle and a rubber cushioned hub. The latter is meant to absorb impact and allow the propeller to last longer than usual. The bushing will still spin freely even when subjected to considerable stress. Meanwhile, the enhanced high gloss powder coating protects it from harmful elements that cause corrosion as well as reducing friction to achieve better speeds. Those who need a low-cost aluminum propeller that can provide solid performance should look no further than the Michigan Match propeller line. Michigan Match is one of the top selling aluminum propellers of all time.

Vortex XHS Propellers

The Michigan Vortex series also features the aforementioned XHS Hub System. These aluminum propellers come in 3 and 4-blade configurations with innovative geometries that achieve great balance. Each blade is protected by a high gloss powder coat that reduces drag for more rapid movements. They come in a wide range of sizes and are compatible with small to medium boats. The 4-blade design is particularly suited to tubers, wakeboarders, and towing skiers. Vortex propellers are one of the hottest sellers when it comes to aluminum aftermarket props.

SOLAS Stainless Steel Series

SOLAS produces superb stainless steel propellers that are known for their quality and fair price. The Rubex line, for instance, are great for people who are searching for all around performance. They come in 3 or 4-blade configurations and have large diameters to push heavy loads. Then there are those with traditional hubs like the Lexor which offers stable performance, the Titan which is capable of excellent stern lift and acceleration, the Scorpion which has a cut down blade for reduced drag, and the Saturn which is designed to be a durable general-purpose propeller. The Titan and HR Titan are known for their ultimate performance, and have a huge following in the marine industry.

SOLAS Aluminum Series

SOLAS has several aluminum offerings that are known to be tough and long-lasting due to their squeeze casting process. These include the aluminum version of their Rubex line that uses the exchangeable rubex hub. The other is the Amita line which sports the traditional hub design while producing the reliable performance that customers have come to expect from the SOLAS brand. The Amita is an extremely popular propeller in the outboard community due to price and performance levels.

Understanding Pitch and Slip

Pitch is becoming an increasingly familiar term to boating enthusiasts interested in purchasing aftermarket outboard propellers for their watercraft.  Usually defined as the distance a propeller will move through a soft medium such a balsa wood after one full turn of the blades, pitch is an idealized figure that is rarely seen in actual use of outboard boat props.

Boaters, therefore, might question the purpose of a pitch specification for a given propeller.  If the prop is advertised as offering 13 inches of pitch, but this is a theoretical number, what can a boater expect in terms of real world performance?

Fortunately, there is another term that helps to clear up this conundrum: slip.  When it comes to outboard boat propellers, the word “slip” gives the difference between the theoretical and the actual.  That is, slip describes the degree to which a given propeller usually achieves its stated pitch.  A propeller that is properly installed and appropriate for both motor and boat can usually achieve as much as 90 percent of “perfect pitch,” though in some cases a figure closer to 80 percent is more realistic.

Why Not Just Scale Down Pitch Numbers?

The concept of slip usually raises a simple question: why do propeller manufacturers use idealized pitch numbers in the first place? Why not just multiply ideal pitch by 80 or 90% and use that figure as the pitch? The answer to this lies in the complexity of watercraft usage.  Boats will achieve closer to their ideal pitch when conditions are optimal.  Slip, therefore, depends on context whereas pitch values remain constant.

Stainless or Aluminum outboard propellers?

When you are shopping for a replacement prop for your boat you need to do your homework.  With so many different styles and sizes, choosing the right propeller can be a daunting task.  If you know you want a boat propeller with the same diameter and the same style of blades you need to move on to choosing a material.  There has been a lot of debate on whether stainless steel or aluminum boat propellers are better.  To make the best investment, you should understand the pros and cons of each.  Review the benefits and challenges of each and then make your decision.

Benefits of Aluminum Boat Propellers

Aluminum propellers are the most common because they are very affordable and offer good performance under most circumstances.  One reason why many boaters choose aluminum propellers over stainless steel applications is because aluminum weighs about half as much.  These propellers are also very easy to repair when damaged.

The Disadvantages

While aluminum is a great choice it can flex under extremely high rpms and this will cause a drop in pitch.  The blades often tend to be thicker than stainless steel blades so they will cause more drag.  They are not ideal for sandy conditions so you must consider use.

The Benefits of Stainless Steel Propellers

Stainless steel propellers are designed for high performance and they are the most durable choice on the market today.  They have thinner blades which will reduce dragging and will not flex when you are traveling at high speeds.  They are also designed for abrasive environments and can handle adventures in sandy and shallow waters.

The Disadvantages

One of the biggest setbacks has to do with price.  Stainless steel is simply a more expensive material and it is more difficult to repair when damaged.  These propellers weight twice as much as aluminum which means you need a more powerful engine.

Ultimately, the decision depends on use.  If you are not looking for power, the aluminum prop may be the right choice.  If performance is your primary concern, stainless steel props will better meet your needs.  Consider durability, pricing, and overall use when buying your boat propellers.

Outboard Propellers 101

Once you have the outboard motor for your boat it is important that you choose the right outboard propeller as well.  The propeller should be suitable for the type of boating that you plan to do, different props are available for shallow draft boating, for water skiing, trolling and for other types of boating.  You also need to make certain that the prop will allow the engine to reach the manufacturers recommended RPM’s when at full throttle or you risk damaging your propeller and engine.  Choosing the right propellers is critical for the performance of your boat and for your boating enjoyment.

Boat propellers are often described by their diameter and pitch.  The larger your engine is in horsepower, the larger diameter prop you will generally want.  The pitch describes how far the propeller advances with each revolution.  A lower pitch gives better pulling power, however if you use a propeller with a pitch that is too low you won’t be using all the power of your engine.  A higher pitch allows the boat to go faster, but this is only true if you have enough horsepower to keep the RPM’s at the optimum range.  A pitch that is too large makes the propeller heavy and it demands more power than the engine can provide.

After determining the proper diameter and pitch you need to consider how many blades to have on your prop.  Outboard propellers typically come with either 3 or 4 blades.  Unless you are running a high horsepower motor or using the boat for bass fishing, you will most likely want to choose a 3 blade propeller.  4 blade propellers are designed more for high speed usage with less steering torque and vibration at high speeds.  Water skiers can also benefit from using a 4 blade propeller.

The next thing to consider is the construction material of the propeller.  Outboard propellers can be made from aluminum, stainless steel, or composites.  Aluminum is the most common choice for the manufacturer’s stock factory equipment.  They are inexpensive and easy to repair and they work well in a wide range of applications.  Stainless steel propellers are more expensive, but they are also more durable and less likely to suffer damage.  Composite propellers are typically only utilized on very small horsepower applications, and are not nearly as popular as aluminum and stainless propellers.

Your main goal when choosing a propeller is to ensure that it allows the engine to perform optimally at wide open throttle.  Boat dealers and Prop Shops can provide you with formulas to determine the proper pitch, diameter and number of blades based on your engines power or horsepower.

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