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3-Blade vs. 4-Blade Stainless Propellers.    
3-Blades
3-blade Stainless props are great on most boats as they offer good all around performance, better efficiency, and can achieve higher speeds. Switching from 4 to 3-blades generally requires a 1" pitch increase.
3-Blade vs. 4-Blade
4-Blades
4-blade Stainless props work well with bass, pontoon & high performance boats as they provide better acceleration, keep a boat on plane with fewer RPM's, and produce less vibration at high speeds. Switching from 3 to 4-blades generally requires a 1" pitch decrease.

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Aluminum vs. Stainless Steel Stainless Propellers.    
Aluminum
Aluminum Stainless props are a great choice for small and medium sized boats. They are inexpensive and under normal conditions can last for many years. When running your boat in an area where striking the bottom is likely, aluminum blades can flex, helping prevent damage to your engine.
Aluminum vs. Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Stainless steel Stainless props are ideal for large or heavy boats and boats running in saltwater. Although more expensive than aluminum, stainless steel Stainless props are more durable and will last longer. When running your boat at speeds over 50 mph, stainless Stainless props will perform better than aluminum.

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Differences in Propeller Diameter.    
Diameter is the width of the circle that the Stainless prop would make when rotating.

Prop diameter does not affect the fit of the prop on a boat.

The diameter of your Stainless prop can vary by up to 1/2" with no discernable change in performance.

Caution: Before increasing the diameter of your Stainless prop, make sure there will be enough clearance between the blades and cavitation plate or anode on your engine.
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The below Stainless propeller brands are designed for maximum performance. Please use the 'Works On My Engine?' listed with each Stainless propeller to ensure the prop works on your specific engine. Please CLICK on the below brands to see the list of products associated to that brand.

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

For boaters around the globe, Deep Blue Yacht Supply is your trusted source for all size Stainless Steel boat propellers. We are committed to providing the best stainless steel props, at the lowest prices; with superior customer service.

Deep Blue Yacht Supply has the largest inventory of Stainless Steel Propellers; you will be sure to find the best props for your boat.

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Trust Deep Blue Yacht Supply to help equip your boat with the best possible stainless steel props. Deep Blue Yacht Supply is able to provide the ultimate sales and service experience, when it comes to selecting the best stainless steel propellers for your application.

Deep Blue Yacht Supply carries the entire line of Michigan Wheel Apollo, Ballistic, Michigan Match, SOLAS Saturn, New Saturn, Lexor, Titan, HR Titan, Rubex, Rubex HR4, and Rubex NS3 propellers. You will be sure to find the best stainless prop for your boat. Our easy to use boat propeller selector guide will assist you in finding the perfect fit for your outboard or sterndrive engine. If you have any questions on any of our stainless props, our sales team will be glad to assist you in selecting the correct propeller.

Design Features of Ballistic Propellers

Ballistic propellers produced by Michigan Wheel Propellers are designed for high performance in all categories.  Key features of Ballistic props include the use of stainless steel in all major lines: the 3-blade, the 3-blade XL, and the 4-blade XL.

Tapered Edges

All Michigan Wheel Ballistic props feature leading edges that are tapered.  This not only helps to cut down on drag, but also serves to help the blade design have the ideal amount of strength as opposed to thickness.  Overly thick blades, of course, can cause weight issues that make the motor less efficient. Blades that are too thin are also a disadvantage due to the problem of warping under stress.  Michigan Wheel has used advanced manufacturing techniques to create a blade geometry with optimal thickness across the entire volume occupied by the blade.

Luster Finish

Ballistic props by Michigan Wheel also feature a mirror finish that is polished to a high shine.  This adds aesthetic appeal to the propeller to be sure, but it also has a practical advantage. A quality finish lends itself to improved resistance to the corrosive forces of fresh water and, in particular, sea water.

Other Specifications

Ballistic propellers are available with pitch measurements that range from 13″to 27″.  In addition, all blades feature the “Power Tip” system, which improves efficiency by carefully aligning blade cup and tip contours so that an optimal design profile is achieved.  This feature serves to reduce the loss in power that can result from cavitation.

Why Boaters Choose Stainless Steel Propellers

Three excellent makes for stainless steel props are Apollo, Michigan Match, and Ballistic.  All are manufactured to exacting specifications by the Michigan Wheel company, and meet the needs of a wide variety of boating situations.  To understand why these stainless props are in such demand, consider the advantages that stainless steel propellers offer.

Benefits of Stainless Steel Props

Stainless steel is a metal that can be cast into thin, light shapes while retaining great strength and durability.  This strength means that stainless propellers will maintain their shape and remain completely stiff even when subjected to considerable stress.  Boaters find this an invaluable feature — after all, churning through water for hours at a time is an inherently stress-laden activity that can deform a propeller over time, causing, for example, blades to change their angle relative to the hub.  When this happens, a replacement propeller may be called for — but stainless propellers are tough enough to withstand a great deal of use even in adverse conditions such as stormy weather and rough seas.

Another advantage of stainless steel is that it is non-corrosive by nature; hence, it does not need to be kept fully painted at all times.  Since most boating enthusiasts live a busy lifestyle on and off the water, a prop that needs less maintenance is a definite advantage.

It is true that stainless steel is more expensive than some of the alternatives are, but the old saying of “you get what you pay for” is certainly true in this case.

Purchase Options for Johnson Boat Propellers

Johnson boat propellers are available in both aluminum and stainless steel varieties.  One of the first decisions any boating enthusiast must make when considering propellers is this very issue – choice of metal.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Aluminum

Aluminum is generally considered to be an “all purpose” metal appropriate for a wide variety of recreational uses.  This is because it is less expensive than stainless steel.  Johnson propellers that use aluminum are, therefore, more affordable for the average boater.

Although aluminum is indeed less strong per cubic inch than stainless steel, it is fully strong enough for most common boating uses.  Pleasure crafts generally come equipped from the factory with aluminum propellers already installed.  As long as a boater is careful to check that the propeller is from a reputable company and meets quality standards, it will be able to live up to the demands commonly placed on it during family fishing trips and other casual outings.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Stainless Steel

Stainless steel, on the other hand, is a much stronger metal than aluminum.  This not only makes it more durable and long-lasting, but it also means that stainless steel can both survive more abuse and remain reliable under more trying circumstances.

High-end boating is the kind of situation where stainless steel Johnson Props are preferable.  This is because a stainless steel propeller will allow boating enthusiasts to accelerate much faster and will also permit higher top speeds.

The major disadvantage of stainless steel, however, is that it is a more expensive option than aluminum.

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