As sailors, we can spend hours tuning the rig, tweaking the sheet leads, and searching for that perfect cut of sail to maximize our performance. Once those sails are lowered, however, it often comes down to that tiny little wheel—the propeller—to deliver us safely back home.
The right propeller can determine whether we're back at the club, drinking rum toddies with the boys and girls, or still out there motoring to windward with our egg-beater of a prop churning away, but going nowhere fast. Just because your current prop came with your boat doesn't mean it's the right one for your boat, your engine, or the type of sailing you do. The difference between having just a prop, and having the right prop, can sometimes be dramatic.