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post #7 of Old 01-22-2013
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Re: Bayliner Bucaneer Cruise Speed Under Power

You need to match your prop to the engine. if the mfg has rated your engine to run 2500 RPM's then you have the right prop. So if 2500 is correct, you can easily cruise at 2000-2100 to get more speed and not damage the engine.
Yes, you can put on a larger prop that will give you more speed at 1800, but you will be overloading your engine and only have a WOT of 22-2300. Overloading an engine is NOT a good thing. if you wanted you could put an even larger prop on that will bring your WOT down to 1800, but then you would be running at WOT.
Again, the main question is, what is the mfg's rated WOT for your engine. Until you know the answer to that question, don't do a thing.

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Last edited by chuck53; 01-22-2013 at 10:07 PM.
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