Bravo for Outboards? YES!

For those of you who may not know me, I manage Mercury Racing’s propeller department. We offer a wide variety of high performance outboard and sterndrive props. I oversee production and manage our prop offerings. My most enjoyable responsibility is helping customers solve their unique propeller issues.

Pro Finish Bravo I XS outboard propeller.
Allison XB-21 BasSport 2 + 2. Photo courtesy of Allison Boats.

I’ve been getting great feedback regarding our Bravo I XS outboard propeller. The latest is from Allison owners who say it is an awesome prop for their XB-21 tournament bass boats. XB-21’s rigged with an OptiMax 250 Pro XS do best running a 27-inch pitch Bravo I XS. Those who power-up to the OptiMax 300XS say their ride is dialed-in using a 29-inch pitch Bravo I XS. XB-21 owners have found odd-pitch Bravo I XS props provide the best hole shot and bow lift.

How They’re Made
So, I bet your wondering, “Did I just read that right? Bravo props for outboards? I thought they were for Bravo One sterndrives?” Well, you’d be correct on both points. We designed Bravo I XS (new in 2010) and Lab Finished Bravo I (featured 1998) prop for low-emissions, 2-stroke OptiMax outboards. And they are derived from Bravo I props for sterndrives.

Lab Finished Bravo I sterndrive propeller.
Pro Finish Bravo I XS outboard propeller.

Standard Bravo I propellers are cast in even, two-inch pitch increments (22″ to 36″). To use the Bravo style prop on 2-stroke outboards, we needed to expand the range of pitches. We added odd-pitch sizes in one-inch increments. We do that by increasing blade cup height on even-pitch castings — making them behave like “taller” pitches. For example, the 27-inch Bravo I XS (part number 48-831914L80) begins life as a 26-inch pitch Bravo I XS casting.  Additional cup on the trailing edge of the blades differentiates a 27-inch pitch XS from a 26-inch pitch model. The part number for a 26-inch pitch Bravo I XS is 48-831914L60. The base part numbers for 26 and 27-inch models are the same. L80 designates higher blade cup height.

Another birthmark differentiating a Bravo I XS from standard is the addition of four, one-inch vent holes on the prop hub. The holes add prop blade ventilation. The engine spools up faster for enhanced hole shot.

One more difference is the tuned exhaust tube: we’ve shortened the tube for less drag at wide open throttle (WOT), picking up another one mph over a stock Bravo I.

Performance Results

Here’s a good example of an elevated engine height featuring the surface-piercing Sport Master gearcase.
Allison XB-21 BasSport Pro. Photo courtesy of Allison Boats.

You may not think a slight change in blade cup height would have a big effect on performance – but it does. In the case of an Allison XB-21, the performance difference between a 26-inch and 27-inch pitch Bravo I XS is 150 rpm at WOT. If a 26-inch pitch allows an engine to rev to 6000 rpm at WOT, then a 27-inch pitch would typically lower rpm to 5850. The reduction of 150 rpm provides “a window of performance opportunity.” Its like free horsepower! — or a second chance to dial-in the boat for maximum overall performance. A slightly bigger, cupped, 27-inch pitch prop might stay hooked up longer, allowing a tick more trim for additional bow lift and offer higher speeds. It may also allow increased engine height of 1/4 to 1/2-inch. If the motor can be raised, without sacrifice safety or performance, one will usually regain 50 to 75 rpm, resulting in a higher top-end speed and better overall boat performance.

OptiMax 250XS powered Bullet 21 XDC.
The Simmons Custom Boats catamaran flats boat. Photo courtesy of Eric Simmons.

Cup plays an important role bringing a boat on plane and affects bow lift. Running an odd-pitch Bravo I XS, with its tall blade cup, can actually scrub top-end speed on boats that have natural bow lift. For example, air-entrapment tunnel hulls from Simmons Custom Boats typically run best using even-pitch Bravo I XS props.

The Bravo I XS is also popular on Bullet Boat’s 21 XD with OptiMax 250 Sport XS or OptiMax 300XS power. Bullet owners tell me a Bravo I XS provides great planing and mid-range punch while giving up little top-end speed. Tournament anglers say weight doesn’t seem to affect performance as a Bravo I XS “…carries the load, no matter what we throw in the boat.”

The Bravo I XS is available from 22″ to 31″ pitch, see your authorized Mercury Dealer to order.

There you have it. We sweat the details to ensure people enjoy high performance on the water. I’ll be back with more tips, helpful hints and insights regarding high performance props.

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  1. Hi Scott, great article! I actually have a lot of question’s about this prop and the set up regarding it and its modifications. I currently own two performance boats that I will be running Bravos on.

    The first one is a 25 Liberator with twin 2007 300xs’s. I have a set of 32’s on it now that have been thinned and the one inch hole put in them. They are a WORLD of difference from the clever style props I was trying to run. They do tote the load a lot better too, and hole shot is MUCH better as well. I don’t think the hubs have been shortened on these particular props and wondered what the performance change would be if we did shorten the hubs on the 32’s? I am running 5 inch set back on the Liberator (which is suppose to be the same hull as the 24 skater). I am not sure how to set up the engine height with the Bravo props, do they like to be higher, Lower or ?? I have them set at 1″ above the bottom of the boat now and have left it there just to get more seat time in the boat with passengers. I have been very impressed with the Mercs and the Bravos so far, but I think its time to tweak it a little. The motors are on 49 inch centers, and I have turned it around 5700 so far. It doesn’t seem like the boat is airing out like it should from what I can gather from others who have the 24ft hulls. I recently purchased a pair of 30 p Bravos that I want to try, but I need to get the holes drilled and whatever else that needs to be done to them. My 25 Liberator is 1991 that I had to basically restore myself, took me about 4 years because I am a stickler for getting things right.

    I too was raised like you from a young age on boats, my first performance boat was a 14ft Hydrostream Vandal with a modified 140 Johnson, shorty mid section and of course a 26″ Mercury small blade chopper, I sure do miss that boat, even though I still own a Hydrostream, which brings me to my next question.

    This Hydrostream is a 20ft model called a “Vantage XT’ . the XT is the modified tunnel bottom and I just purchased a 250xs to bolt to the transom. This boat has run 87 mph with a 225 ProMax and a “homemade” 4 blade prop (from two 2 blades). I am hoping to get it to go that fast again with the 250xs and was curious as to what your thoughts were on how this setup would perform with a Bravo 1 prop? the boat currently has 10 to 12 inches of set back. The motor has 1.75 to 1 gears and a torquemaster style lower unit with the water inlet holes in the nose. This is NOT a sportmaster. I know I should have a sportmaster if the boat goes much faster than 85mph, and plan to swap it when I find one.

    I have always had the v bottom boats over the years like the Hydrostreams and Allisons, that’s why I have given the big cat boat a lot of seat time before I start playing with the set up. Any and all help will be much appreciated. Thanks for your time and hard work to help us little guys have fun.

    Sincerely Capt. Chuck Darring
    Orange Beach , Alabama

    1. Hi Chuck,

      Thanks for the questions, comments and sharing about your restoration project. Starting with the 25 Liberator and twin 300XS’s, after you get comfortable driving the boat supply me with WOT RPM and GPS speed. The numbers will help me get a feel for your set up. Bravo I vented Lab Finished props are a great for everyday running but if you’re looking for the top number you may end up running 3 blade Cleavers. The exhaust tube flare on the Bravo I can help roll the boat over while planing along with offering stability at WOT. The Bravo I XS family was designed for single outboard applications where typically the flare isn’t required during planing.
      The Hydrostream set up will be allot of fun. The 30″ pitch Bravo I that you already have will be a good starting point provided you install the 1″ vent holes in fact you may even require 4 additional holes to help break the big prop free. But one step at a time, let me know what you get for performance.

      1. Scott I have a 2005 champion 206 2005 250xs 26 tempest 5700 rpm 67mph tourney load 3.5 inches below pad boat is always been hard to lift .I heard good things about bravo1xs would this be good for me thanks for advise

        1. Charles,
          Great choice for your Champion. The Bravo I XS lifts the entire boat (bow and some stern) – carrying the loads exceptionally well. Moving up one inch in pitch to the 27″ Bravo I XS offers similar rpm (5700) to the Tempest. Also, consider raising the engine .5″ to .75″ over the 3-blade optimal height to maximize the 4-blade performance. The Bravo experience will be like driving a new boat.
          Enjoy,
          Scott

  2. Scott,

    I am currently running a Gambler 2100 with an Optimax 225 and a worked 27 trophy. The speed is fine 78-79 mph @5650-5700 rpm, but the holeshot is unacceptable with the livewells full. Also I only get 79 mph with the weed ring removed. The top speed with the weed ring on is around 75 mph (nobody seems to be able to explain why I lose the speed from the weed ring). I am considering moving to the Bravo I xs and was wondering how they compare to the trophy. I have been told they tend to run a little stiffer than the trophy. Should I start with a 26 and then have it worked?

    1. Expect to see a major hole shot improvement with the Bravo I XS; especially with a heavy load. Top-end speed with Gamblers typically drops when comparing the XS versus the Trophy. The difference could be 1-3 mph with light or heavy loads.

      Interesting comment regarding the stiffness of the Bravo I XS. For most applications, you move up 1” of pitch with the Bravo I XS to achieve the same RPM as a Tempest or Trophy. Not knowing what exactly was done with your Trophy, it’s hard to pin point pitch. When comparing stock props, say a 27” pitch Trophy vs. the 28” XS, the XS would be the choice. If cup was added to your Trophy, you may have to step up to the 29” XS. There is no need to have the XS props worked. They are good to go right out of the box. Leading edges are matched, trailing edges are matched and cupped and props are zero balanced. The shortened exhaust barrel minimizes stern lift.

      Did your RPM stay the same when you installed the grass ring?

      1. RPM increases 50-100 with the weed ring removed. I am also able to dial in the PVS plugs better with the ring removed although it is not possible to fish around here without the ring. Although I don’t want to lose too much top end, I am more concerned with the holeshot. With a stock 26 trophy I get a minimally acceptable holeshot but hit the rev limiter at 75 mph. I understand that the 27 Bravo already has additional cup added. Can it still be worked further if it proves to be too light?

        1. The ring appears to restrict the flow of exhaust; a 100 RPM drop is typically 2 to 2 1/2 MPH drop. The 27” pitch Bravo I XS is made from the 26” pitch casting. Making the 27” we leave more cup than the 26”. The cup is already in the casting and it’s typically more efficient if we don’t add cup. The Bravo I props are cast in 2” pitch increments: 22, 24, 26 etc… so to offer 1” pitch increments or 150 RPM change per pitch we either leave or take away the cup. If you can hit the rev-limiter with a good 26” pitch Trophy then you’ll hit the rev-limiter with a 27” pitch Bravo I XS. Prop shops can add cup but in most cases it just reduces RPM and typically doesn’t make the boat go any faster or drops 1-2 MPH. Adding cup to some propeller designs reduces the benefits of the blade geometry/design causing ill handling or lose of speed. At minimum run the 28” but it appears you can run a 29” (remember it’s made from the 28” casting). If you get the 29” and for some reason you need additional RPM you can always turn it into a 28” increasing RPM by 150. Give me a call if you need additional help.

  3. Scott, I am running a 1994 21XD Bullet with a 200 Optimax @ 3″ below the pad w/14″ jackplate. I am running a 27 Trophy and only getting 5500 RPM’s would the 27 Bravo 1 XS get another 150-200 RPMs?

    Thanks,
    Danny

    1. Danny,

      Yes. The Bravo I XS will offer an additional 150 to 200 RPM. I think you’ll see greater top-end speed with the 27″ Trophy versus the Bravo I XS on light loads. The Bravo I XS is more of a work horse for heavier loads. Here, the Bravo I XS will reduce your time to plane, improve overall handling and deliver greater top-end speeds.

      Scott

  4. I have a 2005 basscat puma with a 225ho evinrude di and 26 fury. I am running 5900 rpms at 72-73mph solo. If I add a partner or fill livewells it is a dog out of the hole and speed drops to 67 with little or no lift. I am woundering if the bravo xs would work on my setup. Prop is 3in below pad. Thanks for you time David

    1. Hi David,

      We have a lot of Evinrude owners (bass & walleye anglers) running the Bravo I XS. We tested it with a local Evinrude dealer and his customers. They couldn’t believe how well it performs, especially for heavy loads. If you’re running a 26” Fury, you will want to bump up to a 27” pitch Bravo I XS to achieve the same engine operating RPM. All the best.

      Scott

  5. Hi Scott,

    I am making a new purchase of a 2013 Ranger 621VS and a Mercury 250 Pro XS and a Pro Kicker. Is the Bravo I XS the prop for me or are there others to consider? As usual I want best all round performance but top end is up there on the list. I won’t get the boat for another 6 weeks so I don’t have any data to give. I was hoping to go on others experience as I am ordering the prop with the boat/motor.

    Thanks,

    Chris

    1. Hi Chris,

      Typically, the Tempest comes with the boat. If you’re like others, you’ll load the boat up and suffer the drawbacks that come with it. Some go with the Rev 4 to help carry the load, but suffer a drop in top-end speeds. The Bravo I XS provides the best of both props, even under a heavy load. It lifts both the stern and bow for maximum performance. The 22″ pitch Bravo I XS is the prop of choice for your new rig.

      Scott

      1. Scott,

        Here are the numbers and would like a recommendation from here. Boat was loaded fully with two people and 64 gallons of fuel.
        25 Fury
        5550 rpm’s
        24lbs water pressure
        70.2mph
        26 bravo 1 Fs
        5525 rpm’s
        24lbs water pressure
        69.7mph

        I am thinking a 25 tempest or 25 bravo 1 xs? How does xs compare to xs in rpm’s?
        Thx
        Todd

        1. Todd,
          To take advantage of the Bravo I FS or XS design consider raising the engine .75” higher than the 3 blade set up. You should see a 150 rpm increase in engine speed which will offer faster planing and increased top end. The Bravo I FS and the new Bravo I XS are the same prop except the XS has (4) more vent holes. The vent holes are used to plane the boat. Once on plane they don’t do a thing. The 25” pitch Bravo I FS or XS should increase engine speed by 50 rpm over the 26” FS. The Tempest should run at the same height as the Fury so plan on increasing engine speed by 150 rpm.
          Have fun testing.
          Scott

  6. Scott,

    Strange question for you on an outboard prop blog. I have a 24ft Silverhawk CC deep vee with a 240hp yanmar hooked up to a Bravo I sterndrive @ 1.65:1 swinging a Bravo I 24 pitch prop. Prop slip at WOT is a whopping 28% and I’m above the max recommended wot by ~200 – 250 rpms. My instinct tells me to strap on a 26, but I was warned by one of the boat’s designers that a 26 pitch may not allow the prop to slip enough to get RPMs high enough for the turbo charger to spool up if I’m fully loaded. He recommended a 25 with a heavy cup, but that sounds to me like a 26 anyway. Others have tried higher pitched 3-blade wheels and smaller diameter / higher pitched 4-blade wheels with less than stellar results

    I’ve been considering giving a 26 XS a try, but think the vent holes are probably too big for my set up. If PVS plugs worked on the XS, I was thinking the right amount of ventilation would let the turbo spool / prop bite on acceleration, get my RPMs down into the right range, minimize slip and optimize top-end mph. That said, PVS isn’t compatible with this wheel, right? Any suggestions on what I might try?

    Many thanks,

    RMB

    1. Reid,

      Good question. You might want to consider trying the Bravo I FS. It’s the same design as the Bravo I XS – less 1″ vent holes. The 26″ pitch prop has been modified to perform like a 25″ model which appears to be what you’re looking for. A concern I have is with all the slip you are experiencing with the stock 24″ pitch Bravo I. The Bravo I FS, designed for gasoline engine applications, features a smaller blade cup height for enhanced engine RPM. Diesel’s usually perform better with more cup. It’s one of those things where you won’t really know until you try it.

      Thanks,

      Scott

      1. Many thanks, Scott.

        I’ll be certain to post an update with results as soon as I switch out the prop and splash the boat in a few weeks.

        Best regards,

  7. Scott,

    One last question. My set up can get ~3550 rpms with the 25 pitch / heavy cup bravo mentioned above. With the 1.65:1 drive, moving pitch up will drop rpm ~150 per inch. If I strap on a lab finished Bravo I 26, do you have a sense of how that will affect rpms? Reading up on it, some say you can pick up as much as 300 rpms. If that holds true, perhaps the 26 with cup added will wash out and get my to ~3550 with better speed and efficiency. I know my rig will never get close to 50 mph, but I run offshore / up coast alot and want to find right speed / efficiency set up.

    Thanks again for the help,

    Reid

    1. Reid,

      Yes. There is typically a 300 RPM gain when comparing stock vs. Lab Finished Bravo I props. Depending on the boat, the Lab Finished Bravo may gain RPM when used on bow heavy vee-bottoms. In the Lab Finishing process, we remove some of the cup which can decrease bow lift. If your 24″ pitch Bravo I has added cup, I would suggest moving up to a Lab Finished 27″ Bravo I to realize the same engine operating RPM.

      All the best,

      Scott

  8. I have a 20XF bullet with a 225 Promax sportmaster low water pick up will Bravo 1 XS work on it. If so what pitch? Currently running 26″ pitch Pro ET, good hole shot but does not handle well gets loose at high speed.

    1. Chuck,

      Yes. The 27″ pitch Bravo I XS (equivalent RPM of the 26″ pitch Pro E.T.) would work great. You would experience strong planing, incredible mid-range throttle response and respectable top-end speed. I’m curious about your issue with Pro E.T. slip. Has the prop been damaged, cups worn, or is the engine too high? Bullets running the Pro E.T. are typically 2 -3 MPH faster than the Bravo I XS. Even so, it’s tough to beat the overall performance of the Bravo I XS.

      Scott

  9. Scott. Prop looks new but I bought it used. Engine is set from factory. It had a 26 Trophy when I bought it. I won’t get out hole without blowout. Bad.

    1. Chuck,

      It’s hard to tell what you get with a used prop. Some look good but just don’t run. Used props that are damaged can be welded and cleaned to look like new. Unfortunately, not all repair shops pay attention to the details. The leading and trailing edges of the blades are often rounded, causing poor performance.

      Bolt on a Bravo I XS. You will experience a hole shot like you’ve never felt before.

      Have fun.

      Scott

  10. Scott,
    Your blog sparked a question. I’m currently running a 26″ Tempest Plus on Merc 250 Pro XS bolted on a 2000 Triton TR21PD with a 6″ set back. Prop shaft is centered 2.75″ below pad.
    Good speeds….at light tournament load including partner…..5900 RPM @ 79 mph. I can turn the engine a little higher rpm with this prop on cool/dry days, but don’t prefer to.
    Which, if either of the Bravo I props might give me better or equal top end without over revving. Or, is the Fury 27″ a good possibility?
    Thanks for your input.

    1. Tom,

      The Tempest typically works best on your 2000 Triton. The way you’re boat is set up, the propeller slip number is so low I wouldn’t change a thing. If you had an issue with a heavy load, I would move up to the 27″ pitch Bravo I XS, Normally, you would see a 2 mph drop when in light loads. This doesn’t appear to be the case with your setup. The Fury is a fast prop designed for newer hulls. If you have an opportunity to run one; step down to the 25″ pitch to match the same rpm as your Tempest. Even with stepping down in pitch, guys are picking up 2 – 3 mph on the top-end. But again, your slip levels are perfect – I would stick with your Tempest.

      Scott

  11. Scott one more thing, would a 3 blade prop make my XF Bullet handle better than a 4 blade?
    Thanks for your time, Chuck.

  12. I have a 2011 talon f20 flats boat that was custom built and is fairly heavy 2100lbs dry weight. I’m running a 300x with a 1.62:1 sportmaster on an 8inch detweiler hydraulic jackplate turning a 26pitch pro et 6300 rpm at 71 mph. I’ve run a lab finished 28 bravo 1 and could only turn 5800 rpm at 69 mph but it carried the boat better than the pro et. Would a 26pitch Bravo 1 xs be a good prop to run to get a lil better top end and stay in the rpm range of the motor?

    1. Mark,

      The Bravo I XS will be a good overall prop, but your top-end will most likely not match what you get with the Pro ET. Hard to tell what you’ll see for speed but I can estimate it to be around 67 to 68 mph. Take a look at the Pro Max blog post. The prop is new for Mercury Racing. Production starts in April for the 27 and 28″ pitch followed by the 25 and 26″ pitch. I think you’re a good candidate for this prop. It features the best attributes of the Bravo I XS and the Pro ET.

      Scott

  13. Scott, a few weeks ago I talked with you about my 20 ft XF Bullet. I was running a 26 Pro E.T. I bought a 27 Bravo XS. I just wanted tell you how it worked out. BEST prop I have ran. It handles great. I like it. Thank for your input. Chuck.

  14. I am running a 2011 Nitro Z8 with a 250 ProXS and a 26 Fury (10″ jp set at 3″ BP). I get great numbers with 1 person and a 1/2 tank of fuel (78+ @ 6050 rpm), but I really lose it when I add a second person, fill the livewells, etc. Last weekend, I was struggling to break 70 mph @ 5750 rpm under those conditions. I have heard on other boards that some people have been having luck with my setup and this prop. Is the Bravo 1 XS really a viable option to carry the load better than the Fury with this boat/motor?

    1. Seth,

      Glad you’re asking the question. There are a lot of Z8 owners with the same performance issue. The Fury is an awesome fast prop in a lighter load but you and others experience a major drop in speed when the boat is fully loaded. If we look at what to expect for weight with a fully loaded Z8; add 200+ lbs. of water, 300+ lbs. for fuel, 440+ lbs for 2 guys, and another 200+ lbs. for gear and we’re talking 900 to 1200 pounds (not including batteries) added to the boat. The Fury unfortunately cannot carry that big of a load. Switching to the 27″ Bravo I XS will bring your boat to its full potential.

      The 27″ XS will turn a similar RPM to the 26 Fury. You will see a 1.5 mph drop (78+ to 76.5 mph) in top-end speed in lighter loads, but full load top-end speeds will increase from 70 to 74+ mph. The Bravo I XS doesn’t care about weight, it will muscle through to bring the boat on plan quickly and offer respectable top-end speeds. Keep in mind, the Bravo I XS is a larger diameter prop so consider raising your engine 1/2″ to 3/4” You most likely won’t want to go up any further. You will know when you hit the sweet spot. The Bravo I XS likes to run a little higher. The hole shot improves – even at the elevated transom heights. Have fun getting your boat speed back.

      Scott

      1. Thanks Scott!! That’s exactly what I was hoping to hear! I think that a 27 pitch Bravo 1 XS will be on my boat in the near future!

  15. Scott I’m running a 2000 Stratos 21SS Extreme with a 2009 250 pro xs with 6 inch jack plate. Currently running a 27 Tempest. Top end GPS speed with just me in the boat is 78 in the 5700 range on cool mornings but suffers in the hot days, with a partner and tournament load speed drops to 73. Hole shot is aweful with a tournament load. Would a bravo 1 xs help me out and what pitch would you recommend.

    Mark

    1. Mark,

      I’d like to see your rpm closer to 5800 to 5900. Dropping to a 26″ pitch Tempest will get you there. The only problem is your speed will drop from 78 at 5700 rpm to 77 at 5850. In the heavy load, instead of 73 it will be more like 72 mph. The Bravo I XS doesn’t care about weight and it allows you to move up 1″ of pitch to equal the same rpm. For your set up, I’m thinking the 27″ pitch XS would work best. It will bump your rpm to 5850 or higher, depending if you can raise you engine .25″ or .5″ (you will need to experiment to find the sweet spot). The added rpm will offer you a better hole shot and carry the load when your rig is tournament loaded. I would expect you to see 75 mph with tournament load and, depending on engine height, 77 to 78 mph top speed for light loads.

      Scott

      1. Thanks Scott. I’m going to get one on order as soon as possible. I notice there are two finishes available, which one do I want. Thanks again for your help.

        Mark

        1. Mark,

          You will see greater durability with the Pro Finish version. The Lab Finish is geared for the racer or weekend warrior focused on top-end speed.

          Scott

  16. I am struggling to find the correct prop for my boat. I really like how the 25p Trophy drove, however it was slower and blew out on hole shot. I have not had a chance to try a 26p Trophy either. Here are my numbers as of now. The 27p Tempest is brand new with my first run today, still have to try different settings yet. It comes out of the hole pretty good. Will raise jackplate ane retest. I would like to here your recommendation as to a prop and if the Bravo 1 XS is a viable option?

    Triton 19×3 w standard 225 Optimax and 8″ manual jack plate:
    *25p Tempest (stock) – 5700 rpm at 68.4mph at 3.25” below pad. Water pressure at 25psi. Lift is okay.
    *25p Tempest (stock) – limiter at 69.1mph at 2.5” below pad. Water pressure at 25psi. Lift is okay
    *26p Tempest (stock) – 5700 rpm at 69.1mph at 3.25” below pad. Water pressure at 25psi. Lift is okay.
    *26p Tempest (stock) – limiter at 69.4mph at 2.5” below pad. Water pressure at 25psi. Lift is very little.
    *27p Tempest (stock) – 5400 (3/4 trim) @ 70.5 at 3” below pad. Water pressure at 25psi. Lift seems to be really good. I am going to move motor up and test more. This is a new prop, and only 1 test run. Runs best about 2/3 trim.
    *25p Trophy (stock) – 5600 rpm at 68.1mph at 3.5” below pad. Water pressure at 25psi. Lift is good.
    *25p Trophy (stock) – 5700 rpm at 68.4mph at 3.25” below pad. Water pressure at 25psi. Lift is excellent.
    *25p Trophy (stock) – 5700 rpm at 66.8mph at 3” below pad. Water pressure at 25psi. Lift is good. Lost all prop bite.

    Thanks for your help.

    1. Steve,

      Thanks for providing the test data. We’ll look at the stock propeller data to try and answer your question. When you get a chance, check out our “Bravo on the Bayou” post. It features the Triton 19XS with Mercury 200 ProXS. It may give you some insight to your set up. The Bravo I XS is a great prop for the right conditions. If you’re looking for top speed under a light load, the 26 Fury is probably the ticket. Your 27″ Tempest will most likely be fine for medium loads. It is under heavy loads where the Bravo I XS shines. The Bravo I XS pitch depends where you want to end up for RPM. Today, you’re hitting 5400 rpm with the 27″ Tempest. If you’re okay with that RPM, then you will want to run the 28″ Bravo I XS. If you need 150 more RPM, move down to the 27″ Bravo I XS.

      Scott

  17. I am running a 2008 Triton 20HP with Mercury 250 Pro XS with a 26p Fury. With this set up, a light load and one person (3/4 or 1/2 tank of fuel) i am seeing speeds from 77-78mph (6050-6100rpm). When i add a second person and full of fuel i lose a tremendous amount of speed and only run around 71-73mph and hardly lose much rpm (5950-6000). The boat doesnt lift well either. Would the Bravo 1 XS be a better option for this boat/motor? I know some of the Nitro Z8 guys have tried this prop but i would like to have a professional opinion if this would be a good option to try.

    Thanks!

    1. H Lamb,

      The Fury’s are fast under a light load. However, it struggles lifting the bow when the boat is loaded with gear. This results in a loss of speed and affects overall performance. I would agree with you if you’re looking for a prop that doesn’t care how much weight you toss in the boat. It’s going to be tough to beat the Bravo I XS. The Fury’s run tall in pitch, so the 28″ Bravo I XS will be your pitch of choice.

      Thanks,
      Scott

  18. Hi Scott. I have a 2013 Nitro Z9 with a 250 ProXS verado style gearcase. I equipped the boat with a 26p Fury. Holes hot is fine but top end is lacking. These boats are very now heavy. What pitch Bravo should I consider for this setup?

    1. Justin,

      Thanks for the interest in the Bravo I XS. The Fury’s run tall in pitch. The 27″ Tempest will typically get you the same RPM as the 26″ Fury. The Bravo I XS is designed to move up in 1″ increments of pitch. With the Fury being tall in pitch, you will need to move up 2″ of pitch and go with the 28″ Bravo I XS.

      Scott

  19. I have a Bullet 21XDC with a 250 XB. I am now in Colorado and the altitiude is 5000. When in Texas I ran a 26 TXP to 5950 at 79 (GPS) at 3/4 below pad. Needless to say it doesn’t work at this altitude. Would a BravoXS in a 26 work here? I need hole shot and mid range as the lakes are too small here to “air” one out.

    1. Larry,
      The general rule for naturally aspirated engines is for every 3000′ change it’s a drop of 2″ pitch. At 4500′ it would be 3″ pitch drop, meaning you would go from a 26″ pitch to 23″ pitch prop. The Bravo I XS enables you to move up in one inch increments. Your probably going to need a 24″ pitch Bravo I XS.
      Scott

  20. Hey Scott,
    I am running a 22′ Sterling flats boat with a 300xs, running a 24 Fury. i have tried a few props. A 26 Fury,24 Bravo1 that was ported 3/4″. When I add weight to the boat,live wells full and another body. The 24 Fury blows out, the 26 blows out at hole shot. The 4 Bravo1 hooks up the best but I am on the pins in a hurry at 62mph.
    24p Fury at 6000 rpm 70mph
    26p Fury at 6050rpm 73mph
    What would be your recommendation for the BravoXS as far as pitch ? I really would like to get some bow lift, this boat seems to run bow down with any kind of weight. The rough water ride is wet because the bow stays so low.

    1. Brad,
      To answer the pitch question, let’s look at how the Furys hooked up. The 24″ pitch came in with 10% slip and the 26″ pitch had 14% slip. It appears that the 26″ pitch might have been trimmed out further than the 24″. Typically, we see a 300 RPM difference between 2″ of pitch change. Let’s use the 24″ pitch Fury as our benchmark. The Furys run 1″ tall in pitch, so a 24″ rpm is similar to a 25″ pitch when compared to the Tempest Plus prop line. The Bravo I XS has a unique attribute which enables you to move up in 1″ increment of pitch to achieve your desired rpm. The 26″ pitch Bravo I XS should come in around 6000 rpm but I think you should consider the 27″ pitch BI XS. The 27″ will drop 150 rpm at WOT to approximately 5850. If you have a jack plate, you might get some rpm back by raising the engine 1/4″ at a time until you find the sweet spot (providing you have enough water pressure). You should get the bow lift you’re looking for along with a dryer ride.
      Scott

      1. I am a little concerned with the 27 being too tall for shallow water hole shot performance. This is a pretty good chunk of change to put out and be wrong. The 26 hitting 6000 rpms should not be a issue with the 300xs, the tag on the side of the engine says max rpm 6400 or is this not accurate. I am ready to pull the trigger on a new prop, just want it to be the right one. Thanks for the information.

  21. I have a 2010 Bass Cat Cougar with 250 Pro XS, 8″ manual jack plate, prop shaft 3″ below pad. Currently running a 26 Fury. At WOT i am turning 5800 rpms, 74 mph, with 22 psi water pressure (probably need to come up with engine). I want to get a second prop and am really interested in the Bravo I XS. What pitch would you recommend?

    1. David,
      The Fury’s run tall in pitch. The Bravo I runs low in pitch. When compared to the Bravo I XS, you’ll have to go up to 28″ pitch to get the same rpm. Careful with raising the engine. Boats have limitations and we need to have the prop stay hooked up.
      Scott

      1. Thank you Scott,
        I am not getting the numbers I would like out of the 26 Fury, but i think it needs to be worked. Has good hole shot, but lacks on top end.

          1. finally got to test out the 28 bravo I XS. Had a full tourney load in boat, with about 35 gallons gas, by myself, and got 76.8 mph at 5700 RPM’s. Running 2.25″ below pad. I am very happy with these numbers especially with the heat and humidity we are having in south Louisiana right now.

  22. RUNNING A 2011 TRITON 20XS WITH 250 PRO XS AND 10 INCH JACK PLATE. 25 FURY AND
    RPMS 5700-5800 . BEST SPEED OF 72-74 LOOKING FOR BETTER PROP TO REDUCE FURY STIFF STEERING AND GAIN SOME SPEED AND BETTER HANDLING WITH LESS TRIM.

    1. Scott,
      The Fury is typically the fastest for light to medium loads. Check your engine height. With your boat, the Fury’s like to run around 3.5″ (measurement is center of prop shaft to the bottom of the boat). If you are running toward the heavy side, consider running the 27″ pitch Bravo I XS. The Fury’s run tall in pitch. The Bravo I runs light in pitch, thus the 2″ pitch difference. If you get the Bravo I XS, consider raising your engine .25″ to find the best height for rpm and speed. If you get too high, you’ll see an increase in rpm and a drop in speed or it could stay the same. Drop down to your last setting and try again.
      Scott

  23. Scott,
    I have a 2007 triton 215x with a mercury 250 pro xs. I am looking at running a 22p bravo 1 xs prop. What performance have you experienced with this set up? Just wondering if that is the prop for me. Do you normally run vent plugs in this prop? Thanks

    1. Jake,
      We just tested a 215X with 225 Pro XS this week. The owner fishes the Lake Winnebago system with some high speed river running. He also fishes the Bay of Green Bay and Lake Erie – large bodies of water that can get very rough.

      The results were impressive. The boat was set up with full closed windshield, 6″ hydraulic jack plate, loaded with gear, 45 gallons fuel, one person, tall rod holders (wind resistance), and bow mount. In flat calm water, we ran a consistent 62 mph turning a 24” pitch Bravo I XS at 5530 rpm. The boat will pick up speed with some chop to get the hull off the water.

      The hole shot and throttle response was impressive and acceleration to wide open throttle was noticeably faster than a stock prop. The owner was impressed with top-end speed. He was equally impressed with throttle response and the prop’s ability to keep the boat on plane at slower speeds.

      Under the same conditions, a 22″ pitch Bravo I XS would enhance engine speed by 300 rpm but the overall boat speed would drop by 2 mph. Boats set up with a jack plate enable you to find the sweet spot for engine height. In this case, the distance from the bottom of the boat to the bottom of the cavitation plate (with motor trimmed so the cavitation plate is parallel to the boat bottom) was 5″. The jack plate typically offers the opportunity to increase 1″ or 2″ of pitch for that added 1.5 to 2 mph on the top end.
      Scott

  24. Scott,

    I have a 2012 Basscat Eyra with a 2012 Mercury 250 Pro XS, an 8 inch manual jackplate, two power poles and 4 batteries in the rear. The 26 Fury (6000 rpms wot) that came with it is wicked fast however I can’t come out of the hole with it when I have a partner and his tackle. I have tried a 26 Tempest with similar results. I have also tried a 24 Fury (6100 rpms wot) which was better on the hole shot but still very sluggish. What prop do you recommend and what pitch to make the holeshot work but not sacrifice too much top speed. Oh BTW…I typically run at an elevation of 1700 to 2200 feet…occasionally dropping down to 450 feet in elevation. Thanks!

    1. Dave,
      The Fury and Tempest are the two best 3-blades on the market. However, in many cases, they don’t do well under heavy loads. Many have found the Bravo I XS improves bow lift and provides just the right amount of stern lift for enhanced top-end speeds with fully loaded boats. Take a look at my Pro Max blog post and comment #88 regarding the Bass Cat Puma set up. I would recommend you try switching from the 26″ Fury to the 27″ pitch Bravo I XS. You will want to consider raising your engine height as 4-blade props are capable of running higher than a 3-blade without losing rpm or performance. This reduces drag for enhanced top-end speed and overall boat performance.
      Scott

      1. Thanks Scott,

        I will look at the post. So between the Bravo and the Pro Max…which one do you suggest? And if it is the Pro Max…what pitch????

        Thanks again.
        Dave

        1. Dave,
          At this time, I’m not sure which one to go with. Currently we don’t have any data. We’ll be doing some Pro Max prop testing with Bass Cat in July. As soon as we get the results we’ll post it for the readers.
          Scott

          1. Thanks Scott. I decided to try the 27 Bravo XS. I ordered it, it arrived, I installed it. With the approximate same load I’ve been carrying previously, here are my results. Elevation 1670, air temp was HOT…110 to 115 degrees and dry air. Started with the prop shaft 2.5 inches below pad and hole shot wasn’t any better then the Fury. Raised the prop til it was 1.5 inches below pad and the hole shot improved slightly. The mid range and handling were really good, WOT was about 74 gps which I thought was pretty good considering the air temps. I was turning 6050 rpms at that speed. This hole shot issue vs. WOT rpms is really driving me crazy. Any other suggestions? I’m thinking I may have to go with a hydraulic jackplate?????

          2. Dave,
            Thanks for the information. For your conditions, it’s probably best to go with the hydraulic jack plate.
            Scott

          3. Scott…as an FYI…I had additional vent holes drilled and the prop works very well now. Thanks for the help.

  25. I know this is a Mercury site but I was wondering if you could give me a good idea of what Bravo 1 xs I would need on my boat. I have been shopping for a 4 blade and every recommendation points me to the Bravo 1 xs. I have a 2009 Skeeter 21i w/ Yamaha series 2 250 w/ 12″ atlas jackplate turning a Yamaha vmax series vented 25 t1 prop. Numbers are 73.5 to 74.0 mph @ 5850 rpm with medium load. I know the Skeeters are heavy boats. The dealers in my area will not let you test a prop since it’s a special order. Hate to spend that kind of money and be wrong on what pitch I need. What pitch Bravo 1 xs do you think I should go with?? Thank you for your help.

    1. Chad:
      Scott is out of the office. He will respond to your question upon his return later this week.
      Rick

    2. Chad,
      Great question. While we would prefer to see you with a Mercury on the transom, we’re glad you’re boating and interested in a Bravo I XS. If memory serves me correctly, the 25″ pitch VMax is similar in rpm to the 25″ Tempest. That said, the Bravo I XS design allows you to move up 1″ of pitch to a 26″ pitch to equal the same rpm as the 25″ pitch 3 blade.
      Scott

  26. Just changed from a 280 ss to a 300xs and as a result all of my props were too small. Tried several over the hub props but all had terrible hole shot. I had better results with a txp ot4 in 29p but the hole shot is slow. added extra holes that helped some but still too slow. I am currently running my old txp ot4 25p which is way too small. This is on a Stroker with a hyd. plate. I normally run about 3/4 to 1 inch above the pad. The best fishing prop that i read about is a Bravo one with 8 hole in the hub and the hub shortned.
    The boat seems to need bow lift to run well. What pitch would you recommend at 1000 to 1800 ft elevation?
    thanks,
    Robert

    1. Robert,
      The Bravo I prop you should lean towards is the Bravo I XS; the XS has 1″ vent holes, wedged leading edge, zero balanced, cup heights reduced and the barrel shortened. Pitch is going to be difficult to select because mph and rpm are required to help me understand how well your current props are hooking up. If I guess, you could come between a 29″ and 31″ Bravo I XS… that’s a guess. You may have to install (4) additional PVS holes to improve planing.
      Scott

  27. Scott,

    I have run four blade props with great success in the past and am considering a Ranger Z520 w/ 250 Pro XS. I see most guys are running this hull with either a 25P Fury or 26P Tempest, I was wondering how a Bravo 1 XS would perform on the Ranger Z520 with a normal fishing load and two men? Everybody seems to complain of chine walk with the three blades and I believe the four blade would reduce or eliminate this problem.

    1. Steve,
      Typically the Fury runs the best with the lighter loads, the Tempest with the medium loads but I’m not sure if the Bravo I XS has made its way on the Ranger’s as it has with the heavy loaded Nitro Z7 and Z9.
      Scott

  28. thanks Scott, a 29 is what I thought would work the best. I am not looking for max. top speed but need good hole shot and good speed at cruise.

  29. I’ve got a 98 gambler w/150 on the back about 3″ under pad. It has a 24p ballastic on it now, has decent hole shot but gets pretty loose at 62-3 mph. I’m only at 5250 rpms at 62 and don’t really care to go much faster with that prop. Would the 25p bravo 1xs be the right choice for that setup?

    1. Ladd,
      The Bravo I XS might be a little too much prop for a 2.0 liter engine. Consider the Tempest 3 blade or Trophy 4 blade.
      Scott

  30. Scott,
    I need your help on a prop decision without the benefit of any running information. Easy for you…hard for me. I own a 1999 TritonTr-21 that I will be repowering with a 2014 250 HP Mercury ProXS with a Generation 2 Torquemaster lower unit. The older Tr-21 hulls weighed 1440 lbs. I want to use a Bravo 1 XS prop so that I can take advantage of the full benefits of the new style gear case. I want to try to get the right pitch prop on the first try. Would you recommend a 26 or 27 pitch? or something different? I have read about other hulls that weigh 300-400 lbs more running 26 pitch Bravo 1XS prop2

    1. Keith,
      We can get close – but I’m not sure if we’ll be on the money. If we can make an assumption that the boat can run 73 to 75 mph using a 1.75 gear ratio with 10% slip, then a 27 pitch Bravo I XS should be the closest.
      Scott

  31. Scott,

    I need your help choosing a prop without the help of any running data. I own a 1999 Triton TR-21. The hull weighs in at 1440 lbs. I will be re-powering with a Mercury 250 HP Pro XS with a Generation 2 Torquemaster gear case. I want to take full advantage of the new style gear case.
    I want to use a Bravo 1XS prop. I have read about boats that weigh 300-500 lbs. more than my hull using a 26 pitch Bravo 1 XS. Should I get a 26 or 27 pitch Bravo 1 XS ? or something different?

    Thanks for the help

  32. Hi Scott. I’m running a 2012 legend alpha 211 with a 250 pro xs. It came with a 26 fury and as stated many times it doesn’t do well with a load. Currently it’s running 5700 and 74 is the best I’ve hit with the little time I played with it. I really feel a 25 fury is the right prop and will try one this weekend that a friend has.
    However I’m looking for a four or five blade to run on the Great Lakes that can handle a tournament load and when fishing tournaments on other waters when loaded up. Would like to get your opinion on pitch size and if the bravo xs would be the prop for me.

    1. Jason,
      You’re probably right about the 25″ pitch Fury. It enables the engine to turn up an additional 150 rpm, bringing it to peak power. I can appreciate you’re Lake Erie prop dilemma. I’ve been on Erie numerous times – always with a 4-blade. If we use the 25″ Fury as a benchmark, I would move up to the 27″ pitch Bravo I XS. This will get you in the 5800 to 5850 rpm range (the Fury’s run tall in pitch and the Bravo I XS run light in pitch). You may have to raise the jack plate 1/2″ to 3/4″ when running the Bravo I XS to achieve optimal performance. Be sure to monitor water pressure when raising your engine height.
      Scott

  33. I need help I’m running a 20 foot flats boat hull weighs around 1790 pounds. I currently running a 250 pro xs with a 24 tempest prop loaded down I’m hitting 5800 rpms and 6000 light. I’m getting ready to purchase a 300 xs trying to find right prop and pitch for bow lift and top end. Boat has good bow lift with tempest I’m almost hitting 70 with 250. What prop and pitch would be good for this set up and what speeds will I see? Hearing the pro max prop is good to. Thank you

    1. Armando.
      The Tempest is a fantastic propeller that offers a tremendous amount of bow lift. You may want to stay with that style because you already know how it performs on your boat. With a 300XS, you could start with your 24″ Tempest before buying a new prop. Running the 24″ will provide you with a benchmark, a place to start. For heavy loads, instead of hitting 5800 with you old set up you’ll be some number higher without hitting the rev-limiter. The Tempest design is such that 1″ of pitch change results in a 150 rpm change in engine speed. Once you get you bench mark, you can select the right pitch.
      Scott

  34. Hi Scott Jaco here from South Africa
    I had a 28 blueprinted Bravo 1 which was absolutely destroyed. ……Best figures was 86mph at 6080 rpm @ 3600ft elevation with a 2008 250 xs on a local boat called a viper.My question is if I should get a new lab finish bravo 1 or a bravo 1 xs…..I would like more top end….and then how big should the extra ventholes on the xs be seeing that it already has 1inch holes….my blueprinted bravo 1 had xtra ventholes added but the person who did it [ in the USA ] has retired.
    Sorry for the longwinded question:-)

    Kind regards Jaco ( the biggest MERC fan sout of the Sahara)

    1. Hi Jaco,
      If you’re all about speed, stay with the Lab Finished Bravo I. Although the XS is a more durable propeller, it could be up to 2 mph slower. The Lab Finished Bravo I also comes with 1″ vent holes. A number of prop shops can install install additional holes. Let them know the number and size of holes on the destroyed prop.
      Scott

  35. Scott,
    I have an ’07 Ranger Z-20 with an ’06 225 ProXS. I have run several different props and have really liked the Bravo1 xs. I borrowed a friends 26 XS and ran 65 mph at 5500 rpm’s by myself. Hole shot was good. With a partner, I ran 63 at 5500 with a 1 sec bog on hole shot. I bought a 25 Bravo1 XS and actually slowed by myself to 63 at 5600. Add a partner in the boat and I had no change in the performance. This prop lifted the bow and stern great. I was wondering if a 24 Bravo1 would be better with the tunable pvs system or should I just go with a 24 Bravo XS. I loved the way that the prop carries the boat with a heavy load.

    1. JD,
      Thanks for the information. The Bravo I XS is an amazing load carrying prop. The 225 ProXS has a lot of torque and, in many cases, can swing the larger pitch prop. The engines rpm range is 5500 to 6000. People prop their boats to get maximum performance within the appropriate rpm range. Moving to the 24″ pitch will increase engine speed by 150 rpm, but you will see an approximate 1 mph drop in speed. The Bravo I XS with the 1″ vent holes is designed for maximum hole shot. I’m afraid your hole shot would not be as good if you were to move to the Bravo I FS with 3/4″ PVS holes.
      Enjoy!

  36. I have a 2005 Ranger 521VX with a 2004 Mercury Racing 250xs running a 27 Tempest B&B. I normally run with a heavy load. Which of the new props would you recommend and what pitch?

    1. Bill,
      If you are looking for a workhorse prop, go with the Bravo I XS. It doesn’t care what the load is. For light loads, 3-blade props will typically be faster on your Ranger/Mercury 250XS. Moving up one inch in pitch with the Bravo I XS should produce similar engine speed as seen with the stock 27″ Tempest. If added cup was pounded into the Tempest (making it more like a 28″ pitch) – and you lost 150 rpm (compared to the stock Tempest) – you might consider moving up to the 29″ Bravo I XS.
      Scott

  37. I have just re-powered a 30-ft deep V rib with twin 300 XS OptiMax. What would be a good prop to start with and pitch ?

    If I had 1.4tonnes of fuel on some journeys what pitch would you drop down to.

    Tks steve

    1. Steve,
      What powered did you have on the V rib before the 300 XS and what was the gear ratio, pitch and style of prop, the speed and RPM (light and heavy load)at WOT?
      Scott

  38. I have a 2013 Ranger 620 with full windshield and a 250 ProXS. The boat came with a Tempest 23. Two men and full gas gets me about 56 mph at 5550 rpm. I talked to someone with an identical setup to mine and he claims 61GPS with the same setup and engine height. I know hulls can be different but that is way off from mine. I noticed you had recommended a 22 Bravo I XS for a 621 with 250 in an earlier discussion. I also noticed that you had a situation that you actually lost speed while picking up RPM on another discussion. What do you recommend and is there a way to test and fine-tune different pitches? I run Winnebago a lot myself and watch you folks testing in the river.
    Thanks,
    Jim

    1. Hi Jim,
      Consider switching to the Bravo I XS (Bravo I FS if you have the Torque Master II gearcase). The Tempest just isn’t hooking up well with your set up. A move up in 1″ of pitch from the 23 Tempest to a 24″ pitch Bravo I XS will result with the same rpm, i.e. 5500. If you have a manual jack plate, consider raising .25″ at a time until you find the best performance. Typically, you can raise the engine height .50″ to .75″ higher than the 3-blade set up. Your engine rpm will also increase 50 to 100. A local Mercury dealer with a prop testing program located on Lake Winnebago is Merten Marine; 920-231-6751.
      Scott

  39. I have been reading about the bravo xs and I think it would be a great prop for me to try. I would like a pitch recommendation for a nitro 929 with a 2004 225 opti, a 10in hydraulic jack plate. The 929 is a big heavy bass boat. I am turning 5200 rpm with a 24 fury getting 58 mph. I am also using trim extenders ( which I would like to get rid of) since the fury only goes to 24 pitch. This boat is being used between 3700 and 6000 feet in elevation. The fury has given me the best performance but still lacking in the rpms (5750 max rpm for this motor) and is slow in holeshot with gas and live wells full. I am thinking either the 22 or 23 pitch would be right but at the cost would like to try and get it right the first time.

    Thanks

    1. Ty,
      I think you’re spot on with the Bravo I XS for your Nitro and Opti. As for the pitch, let’s look at the Fury first. The Fury prop line runs tall in pitch and the Bravo I XS line runs low in pitch. To equal the Fury’s rpm, you would step up to a 26″ pitch Bravo I XS. The Bravo I XS line is designed so every 1″ of pitch change results with a 150 rpm change. If you want to gain rpm, the 25″ pitch Bravo I XS would be the prop – enhancing engine speed by 150 rpm. Moving down to the 24″ pitch Bravo I XS would result in a 300 rpm gain in engine speed. From hole shot to WOT – your going to really like this prop!
      Scott

  40. Scott could use your help on best prop selection on 216 Triton fishhunter. Just ordering boat with 250 pro XS and the 6 manual plate. The boat will be pretty heavy usually 3 or 4 anglers. Also a Kickers on back. Any recommendations on which side to mount Kickers also?
    Thanks
    Cody

    1. Cody,
      Typically, the 216 was sold with the Tempest but that’s changing. More customers are switching to the Bravo I XS or FS for improved performance. Take a look at my post, Bravo I FS Performance Update. Using the 216/Pro 300 application as a benchmark, we can figure out which pitch you’ll need. The Pro XS produces 50 less horsepower with an rpm range of 5500 – 6000. The Verado Pro spins 5800–6400. Both have the same gear ratio. Calculating for the difference in power, a 22.3” pitch on the Pro XS would equal the same rpm as the Verado Pro. A move up to a 23” pitch Bravo I XS should drop the Pro XS rpm into the 5900 to 5950 range. In regards to kicker location, it’s personal preference. Take a look how the 216 Triton is set up. The kicker is on the starboard side and the power pole is on the port side. Comments from other Triton owners running the Bravo I XS (for the Pro XS with the black gearcase) and Bravo I FS (for Verado Pro and Pro XS with silver Torque Master II gearcase) is that it wakes the boat up. They notice an improved ride in both rough and calm conditions, under heavy or light loads. The props lift the complete boat out of the water, not just the bow which is what you get with a 3-blade.
      Enjoy your new rig.
      Scott

  41. So what pitch would you recommend to try and get a better hole shot but also maintain if not increase my top end. Thanks

    1. Ty,
      At your elevation, with the 24″ pitch Fury hitting 5200 rpm at WOT; I’m leaning toward the 24″ pitch Bravo I XS. Your engine speed will bump to 5500 rpm. You should realize enhanced hole shot performance and I would expect your top-end speed to increase as well. You may need to adjust your engine height (.5″ to .75″) higher than the Fury set up.
      Scott

    2. I just wanted to thank you. The prop works awesome. Holeshot improved quite a bit. My top-end improved by 4 mph at 5400 rpm. The prop does like to run high really high; even on take off. I had to raise my hydraulic jack plate almost all the way on take off. Once I did, the prop worked great!

  42. Hi there, I’m about to order a Legend Alpha 199 with a 225 ProXS. People I’ve talked to with this boat generally recommend a 25 Fury and seem to be fairly satisfied.

    That said, I’m interested in possibly ordering it from the factory with a Bravo 1XS because I will be running fairly heavy loads (36v, 2 poles, lots of gear) regularly and I also fish big water a fair amount.

    From reading above, it seems that the 26 Bravo 1XS would turn comparably to the 25 Fury?

    Does this make sense, and is there any experience with the Legend A199/225 and Bravo 1XS props?

    Thanks!

    1. TJ,
      The Fury is an excellent (and fast) prop for light to medium loads. However, with all of the gear and equipment on board, the bow will drop – scrubbing 5 – 6 mph off of your top-end. I think you have the right idea regarding the Bravo I XS. It’s a workhorse that loves to carry a load. Unlike the Fury, the Bravo I XS runs low in pitch. You should be able to go with a 27″ pitch Bravo I XS. Keep in mind, the Fury likes to run deep and the Bravo I XS is at its most efficient state when running at elevated transom heights. This enables the engine to turn higher rpm and thus swing the 27” pitch. Part of it also depends on where the 25″ Fury is running for rpm. If it’s a little too much pitch to begin with then you’re right – the 26″ pitch is the way to go.
      Have fun,
      Scott

      1. Thanks Scott-
        So if I were to order a prop with it and won’t be able to run it first, do you think a 26″ or 27″ would be the way to go?

        Also, are there any dealers that do prop testing/exchange close to FDL? I live an hour away and would be more than willing to help out with some testing…

        Thanks!

        1. TJ,
          You will need to check with Legend Boats Regarding the style of Bravo I. It’s either the XS or FS. It’s important that you get the right one. The XS has (4) non-adjustable vent holes which is ideal for the Torque Master or Verado gearcase. However, if your engine comes with the new Torque Master II, you’ll probably need the FS. The Bravo I FS comes with (4) 3/4″ adjustable (PVS) holes. The Torque Master II vents as the boat gets on plane. The PVS holes enable you to adjust the venting as needed. Your amount of gear and weight makes me lean toward the 26” pitch Bravo I FS. Legend has been ordering both styles (XS and FS) so I have to fall back on them for some guidance. Locally authorized Mercury dealer Merten Marine does prop testing. Check them out.
          Scott

          1. Hi Scott-
            It’s been a while, but I have been running the boat enough now to have some numbers for you. Again, this is on a 2014 Legend Alpha 199 225ProXS TM 1.75 Gearcase. Right now I’ve got a 25 Fury on it, but want your thoughts on getting a Bravo 1 XS.

            With 2 guys (450lbs), 2 poles, 36v system, 3/4 tank of gas, all our gear I had the following Numbers.

            69.3 MPH, 5550 RPM and I was at “12” on my Atlas Plate, which looked to be about 3.75″ below pad (on the jackplate tape measure).

            It feels like I’m not getting enough lift, so I’m thinking I’d like to get into the 5800 range. Would a 26 Bravo 1 XS accomplish that?

            Or, should I try a 24″ fury?

            Thanks!

          2. TJ
            Thanks for the data. You can expect to gain 150 rpm and a drop in speed to 68 mph with the 24″ Fury. The 26″ Bravo I XS or FS would enhance your engine speed by 150 rpm over the 25″ Fury at the current height. The Bravo I XS/FS will enable you to raise your motor for enhanced rpm and speed. The performance gain is supported by elevating the engine height until you reach a sweet spot for optimal performance. You will want to keep an eye on water pressure throughout the testing process. Running the 26” Bravo I XS/FS at the current transom height would enable the engine to turn 5700 rpm, resulting in speeds in the 68 to 70 mph range. Elevating the engine could turn the engine up to 5800 rpm, with speeds reaching 69 to 71 mph. It’s hard to nail the exact speed because of the various variables such as engine height, set back, boat weight and weight distribution. I recommend the Bravo I FS for those running the new Torque Master II gearcase. The gearcase can produce too much ventilation on some boats as they roll on plane. The Bravo I FS, with its tunable Performance Vent System (PVS),is more versatile in addressing the ventilation issues on select Torque Master II applications. if you were running the first generation Torque Master, the Bravo I XS with its large 1″ vent holes is the only way to go.
            Scott

  43. I have a Shoalwater Cat 23 with a Yamaha 250SHO. The hull weighs 1650, the boat has a 16″ raised platform and a t-top, 60 gallon gas tank.
    Which prop Bravo 1 or Bravo 1 xs. Which pitch.
    I would like decent to good hole shot and good top end.

    1. Cliff,
      What pitch and style of prop are you running today? Also, what rpm and speed are you getting at wide open?
      The Bravo I XS, with its non-adjustable 1″ vent holes, produces too much venting for most Yamaha applications. Go with the Bravo I FS with adjustable PVS vent holes.
      Scott

      1. Thanks, Scott. The dealer included a Bauman 19″ 4 blade prop. At wot it’s 5600 rpm and 49mph.
        Previously I had an Evinrude 300 E-Tech on the boat, with a Turbo OS1 21″ that would do 5500rpm and 57mph. Had many, many problems with the E-Tech, so I sold it and re-powered. I was not familiar with the FS, but now have researched it and you are right, thanks. Any sugestions as to which pitch?

  44. I know this is a Mercury site but I was wondering if you could give me a good idea of what Bravo 1 xs I would need on my boat. I have been shopping for a 4 blade and every recommendation points me to the Bravo 1 xs. I have a 2014 Pathfinder 2300 HPS (step hull) with a Yamaha F300 w/ 10″ atlas jackplate turning a Powertech RK3 14.5×23, my Numbers are 63-64 mph @ 5850 rpm with medium load. The current setup doesn’t seem to give me much bow lift and the boat is sluggish getting on a plane.

    Thanks for any input.

    1. Robert,
      Thanks for looking at our product. Instead of the Bravo I XS, take a look at the Bravo I FS. The props are identical except for the venting system. The Bravo I FS has the adjustable PVS vent system whereas the Bravo I XS, designed for Mercury OptiMax low-emission 2-stroke outboards, has large 1″ non-adjustable vent holes. The Bravo I FS is shipped with the solid plugs. We include the large vent fittings with the prop so you can adjust how much venting you’ll need. Now for the hard part; what pitch? The Bravo I FS is designed for you to move up 1″ of pitch. Since you are looking for a little better planing, I think you have to start with the 23″ pitch. Your engine may turn an additional 100 to 150 rpm resulting in a speed gain of 1 – 1.5 mph.
      Scott

  45. I have a 2008 Triton 215 with a Mercury 250 Pro XS 9.9 no jack plate using a Tempest Plus 23P. Hearing and reading good things about the Bravo 1 xs prop, I read an old message from Darren Townsend with the same boat as me put a Bravo1xs 22 and loves it. Still not sure which would be best.

    1. John,
      The Bravo I XS runs low in pitch and thus we ask you to move up 1″ of pitch when comparing to the Tempest Plus. In your case, a 24″ pitch Bravo I XS should be the ticket unless you’ve had the Tempest repaired or tweaked (let me know if you have). Keep in mind, the Bravo I XS likes to run higher than the 3 blade. If you have a jack plate, consider testing .5″ to .75″ higher than the stock setting.
      Have fun.
      Scott

  46. hi I have a 1998 stratos 201 pro elite I have a 2006 250xs with 1.75 gears on a gen 1 torqmaster
    I ran it last yr 1 time with a 27p tempest plus. I want to buy a new pro that will give me fast hole shot and better top end speed. I don’t remember my rpms and I have a atlas 12″ jackplate I need to get over 75 mph but as you know my boat will get lose at high trim or jackplate heights. please help asap.

    1. Keith,
      Can you supply your rpm and GPS at at wide open throttle? This will help me get a better idea if the Bravo I XS is the prop for your application. In the meantime, try taking one of the black vent fittings out of the Tempest Plus, The added venting may enhance planing performance. Try pushing the fitting through the prop with a deep well socket. This will enable it to be reused, if needed.
      Scott

  47. Scott,
    I’m running a 2012 Phoenix 619pro with a 200 optimax pro XS and a 25p fury. I’m at 3 3/4″ prop to pad, 8″ Z-lock jack plate and getting around 60-61 mph WOT @ 5400 rpms with 2 guys, a heavy load, 3/4 gas and 1 live well full. I have gotten 65 mph out of the Fury by myself with a light load in the cooler months. I know this a 70+ mph boat but can’t seem to get her dialed in. I’ve had her up to 67 alone with a light load running a 25 Tempest plus but she gets real squirrelly. I am really thinking of trying a Bravo I and was hoping for some input on which one to go with. I would like to see the rpms go up out of the hole and at WOT along with being able to raise the jack plate another 1/2″….hopefully. HELP! I’m lost here.

    1. Greg,
      Good to hear from you! Let’s see what could happen with the Bravo I XS. The Fury runs tall in pitch compared to the Bravo I XS. To equal the rpm with the 25″ Fury you would run the 27″ pitch Bravo I XS. This Bravo lifts the entire boat, bow and stern. With your heavy load – added stern lift is critical for getting your speed back. The Bravo I XS should run a little higher than the 3 blades so do your homework by raising transom heights at .25″ increments (while keeping tabs on your water pressure) until you find the sweet spot (could be .5″ to 1″). Installing the Bravo I XS is like getting a new boat. Have fun.
      Scott

      1. Thanks Scott!!
        So…I want to run a 27p Bravo I XS and get the same RPMs as the 25p Fury while relying on prop to pad height to get the RPMs up a bit out of the hole and at WOT…is that correct or do i possibly need to go with a smaller number pitch to get those higher RPMs?

        1. Greg,
          It’s your call what pitch you want to run. If you want to stay at the same rpm as the Fury 25″ pitch, go with the 27″ Bravo I XS. If you want to gain 150 rpm over the 25″ pitch Fury, consider the 26″ pitch Bravo I XS. I’m just trying to educate people on the importance of engine height. The XS performs better than 3-blade props at elevated transom heights (not to be confused with enhanced trim).
          Have fun,
          Scott

  48. Scott I just purchased a Nitro Z-7 with 175 Optimax ProXS with 24p Tempest Plus. I was looking at the Bravo I XS and was wondering if it would give me a better hole shot and possibly better top end? Top speed I had it up to was around 67mph and I am turning around 5400rpms. I have a CNC hydraulic 6″ jack plate on the boat and 1 power pole. Thanks, Terry

    1. Terry,
      Thanks for checking. With the weight of the pole and battery – along with the use of a jack plate – you should benefit from the Bravo I XS. The Bravo I XS runs better than the 3-blade at elevated transom heights – even during planing. The jack plate is critical for that added performance. Before I can comment on the difference in performance – something’s not adding up with your numbers. At 5400 rpm @67 mph – you have a negative 2% slip which can’t happen. Is the tachometer not reading correctly? Could the engine be hitting 5900 rpm?
      Scott

      1. Hi Scott, I will have to check on the RPM and probably incorrect with my number. Next time I go to the river where I can open it up I will let you know.

        If I order the Bravo I XS should I go with a 23 pitch?

        Thanks
        Terry

        1. Terry,
          The Bravo I XS run light; 1″ of pitch compared to the Tempest Plus. SO if you want to gain approximately 150 rpm, then run the same pitch as your Tempest.
          Scott

  49. Have a 07 champ 210 elite / 250 proxs with a 25 fury running wot 5800 71mph. Do you think the bravo 1 xs will work?

    1. Lee,
      The Fury is typically the fastest prop in a light to medium load. The Bravo I XS offers better speeds with medium to heavy loads. The XS provides bow lift similar to the 3 blade with just enough stern lift to support the heavy loads.
      Scott

        1. Lee,
          Usually a 2″ pitch move up offers similar rpm as your existing Fury. The Fury props run tall in pitch and the Bravo I XS are light in pitch. Be sure to check engine height. This 4 blade likes to run higher than a 3 blade. If you are a little low in rpm – use pitch to increase it. Stepping down 1″ in pitch results in an approximate gain of 150 rpm.
          Scott

  50. I just bought a Berkshire 250 sport with the merc 250 supercharged 4 stroke. What is best prop for me. Top sped !

  51. Hi Scott,
    I am running a 250 Pro XS on a Z-9 Nitro. I am running a 25 fury at this time. In the winter I get a good hole shot and am running around 69mph. My problem is now that the water and weather has gotten hot I have a terrible hole shot and am only running around 64-65 mph. The Nitro Z9 is a heavy boat and I also need more bow lift. Do you recommend the Bravo1 XS and if so what pitch?
    Thank you,
    Ken

    1. Ken,
      Many are running the Bravo I XS on the Z Nitros. Usually the Fury is the fastest in a light to medium load and the Bravo I XS out shines it in the medium to heavy loads. Ideally, in regards to pitch, I need to know the engine rpm at the 64-65 mph speeds you are seeing with the 25″ pitch Fury. The Bravo I XS run 2″ pitch light compared to the Fury. However, if you’re low in rpm – then move to a 26 pitch instead of the 27 pitch. Also the Bravo I XS like to run higher so plan on testing your engine height.
      Scott

  52. Hi Scott-
    I’m running a 2006 Z21 with a 250 etec HO. I just changed from the L2 to the M2 lower unit with a 1.85:1 ratio. The normal 25 raker 2 that I run blows out at take off with the new LU. I switched to a 26 raker 2 and much better. 5800 rpm @ 68 mph with a full load. I want to go to a four blade. What B1XS would you recommend and is there a way to try it out. Thank you.

    1. George,
      Thanks for checking with us. Mercury Racing makes two Bravo I hybrids to consider. If running a jack plate – the Bravo I FS with our controlled PVS is preferred. The Bravo I XS is the prop of choice for applications with fixed transom heights. How the Raker 2 pitch compares to the Bravo I FS or XS is sketchy to me. I recommend you contact Jody at Pamps Outboard.
      Scott

  53. I am running a 2012 Ranger Z520 with a 25″ Fury prop on a 250 H.O. E-Tec. Overall performance is quite good, but with a light load I am maxing out rpms (6000+) and I would also like to improve holeshot, acceleration, and top end control when loaded heavy. Clearly I need bigger than 25″ pitch in a Bravo XS, but do I go 26″ or 27″? I am seeking the fastest possible hole shot with heavier loads, but at the same time would like to stay 5800-5900 rpm with all loads. What are my tradeoffs, if any, between the 26 pitch and 27 pitch?

    1. John,
      Thanks for the interest in Mercury propellers. The Fury runs tall in pitch compared to the Bravo I XS. With the help of your jack plate – you typically move up 2″ of pitch. The 27″ Bravo I XS should equal the same engine rpm as with the Fury. With the engine at 6000+ rpm, in a light load, the 27″ should be the ticket. For heavy loads, the 26″ would work but you’ll increase engine speed by 150 to 200 rpm.
      Enjoy it,
      Scott

  54. Hi Scott
    Great job keeping up with all the question. I have a 2010 Triton 202 with full windshield 9.9 Merc kicker and 225 opti. and am running a 21P enertia. Do not think I am close to doing what this boat and motor is capable. I do run at higher elevations 1500 to 3000 ft above sea level. Motor is at center hole for height .. Am only able to get around 52mph at around 5300rpm. As I trim up to get maximum speed get into a porposing situation where I have to trim back down. Will a bravo xs 23 pitch get me going?
    Thanks Paul

    1. Paul,
      Elevation reduces the OptiMax performance. Typically, for every 3000’ elevation change – expect to adjust the prop pitch by two inches. For example, If you were to drop the pitch of your prop down to a 19″, you could expect to see a 300 rpm gain. This would enhance hole shot, but you could sacrifice your top speed performance by as much as 2 mph. The Bravo I XS is designed for you to move up 1″ to a 22″ pitch, with a similar rpm as the Enertia. The OptiMax rpm range is 5000 to 5750. My concern is the 23″ pitch Bravo I XS could drop your rpm down to 5150. Still in the range – but not where the engine is at its peak performance. I’d like you to consider the 21″ pitch Bravo I FS. We don’t offer the 21″ pitch in the XS style with 1″ vent holes because the low pitch works great with the PVS vent system. The 21″ pitch Bravo I FS 4 blade would benefit you in many ways; minimizing bow rise while planing and enhanced mid-range throttle response. The prop lifts both the stern and blwo equally, carrying the entire hull for improved handling and big water performance. All this while turning a greater rpm for higher speeds – potentially as much as 2 – 3 mph. The engine height should stay the same – in the middle or third hole for the initial test runs. If you can, move it up one hole (making sure you maintain adequate water pressure) after you’ve recorded your performance numbers and try it again. Have fun.
      Scott

      1. Thanks for the info Scott. I would like to try before I buy not sure I can do that with the Bravo props. One Way Marine in Helena Mt. has some props I will try the High Five prop and maybe the Rev 4 if they have them in the proper pitch. Is there any way you can send them a demo Bravo prop for me to try I could pay shipping.

        1. Paul,
          Mercury Racing does offer limited quantities of the Bravo I FS or XS props to our dealers at a discount. This is a new program and I’ll contact One Way Marine to discuss this option.
          Thanks for asking,
          Scott

  55. Hi, I have a 1990 Larson Senza with a 454 mag and Bravo 1 outdrive. It also has a oil resoivoir in the engine compartment to fill the lower unit. My prop shaft has a bend as the guy I brought it from hit something with a SS prop on it. I found a used 2000 Bravo 1 drive with the low water pickup on it. Will this drive bolt on and are there anything that I need to be aware of?

    Thanks,

    Andy

    1. Andy,

      Please contact Mercury Consumer Support at 920-929-5040 and have your engine serial number to offer the Mercury technician.

      Thanks.

      Scott

  56. Hi Scott, i have the opposite problem. will your new Fury “bass boat” (OB? prop) work on my customized 350 mag mpi supercharged with comp cam and exhaust headers etc 24 foot 4600 lb campion. I am running a 23 mirage plus that was finished and thinned and tuned down to a 22 pitch to give me around 5050-5100 rpm. over the winter i freshened and added AFR c and c heads a few other things and balanced it. I probably gained 70 hp (530-540)at least as its 7 mph faster but i am at at least 5400-5500 rpm (i haven’t had it flat out yet and seen over 5400). I need 2 more pitches and thought the Fury 14 by 24 would do this . i want to stick with 3 blades and there is no other 24 pitch 3 blade. If i go to a 25 pitch mirage i will lose too much rpm. Even a Bravo one 24 pitch would probably drop me 600 rpm as the extra blade will mean an additional 200 rpm loss (i understand if you swap mirage to bravo 1 you have to go down 1 pitch so a 24 bravo is like a 25 mirage.

    Dalton

    1. Dalton,
      The Fury prop runs tall in pitch. So, when compared to a non-worked 23″ Mirage – a 22″ Fury (if we made one) would offer similar RPM. With the 24″ Fury you could expect to see a 300 RPM drop compared to the stock 23″ Mirage. When compared to the worked 22″ Mirage you’re looking at 450 to 500 RPM drop. If the Mirage style works, consider a stock 25″ pitch Mirage. If you need more RPM, you can have it modified to gain up to 300 RPM.
      Scott

  57. Hi Scott,
    I’m seriously looking at a bravo 1 xs for my nitro z9 but I’m wondering what pitch I should go with. I have a boat with an exceptionally heavy hull, and I’ve been having speed issues from the get go. In currently spinning a 24p tempest plus only in the 5700-5800rpm range with two guys and a tournament load. I have a 26p fury that only spins about 5400 with two guys and a load. 58 to 61mph is all I get out of it with two guys. With just me, the tempest spins 5800-5900 and will run 65ish. These numbers are all at around 3.5″ below pad – and I have a 10″ hydraulic jack plate. So the boat is very load sensitive. I’m thinking I should try either a 24 or a 25p bravo, but am leaning towards the 24. Any thoughts? Thank you

    1. Mike
      You’re not alone in regard to load struggles. Many Z9 owners have switched to the Bravo I XS. In your case, I’m leaning toward the 25″ instead of the 24″ pitch. The Bravo I XS is made so you can move up 1″ of pitch to generate similar rpm as the 24″ pitch Tempest. Keep in mind – you may end up raising you jack plate 1/2″ to 3/4″ which will increase rpm as well. Have fun with the new prop.
      Scott

  58. Hi,

    I have a 2001 Javelin Renegade 20, running a 08 mercury 250 pro xs. I am getting 76 mph(2 people) 5950 rpm with a tempest 26 pitch that has little scuffing on the leading edge but nothing bad. prop to pad is 2.75″. I still need to add two trolling motor batteries and fishing gear. was only running 1/4 tank of gas. The boat get a little squirrely around 74 mph.

    do you think the Bravo 1 xs will benefit me any?

    1. Steve,
      Good question regarding the Bravo I XS. Get back to us with performance numbers once you have had a chance to run the boat loaded with gear. Added weight, dependent upon where it is distributed, can scrub 3 to 6 mph. I’m curious to learn how you boat reacts to loads.
      Thanks, Scott

  59. I got a 929 dual consul w/ a 225 opti on 04 model. It has trophy plus 4 blade prop. When I bought the boat approx. 4 yrs ago the guy had a hydrofoil on it. Boat had a super fast holeshot and rpms would top out 55-5600. That was w/ two people w just me I would be instantly on plane. The hydrofoil broke off about a year ago and my hole shot has went to lack luster to say the least. With a full load and two people I have to let out of the throttle to get on plane because it wants to blow out. Ecspecially if I hit a wave while doing so. My rpms went up to about 5800 and speed is about 63 on a perfect day loaded. I had to have my partner climb up front this weekend just to get it up because of the waves I have a factory fixed jackplate, the only adjustment is on the motor mounts and I can see where the previous owner has moved them at one point. I know my prop is wore and It is time for a new one but is one of these bravo’s what I need? I am on Lake erie a lot 3-5 footers and I have to get good bite climbing the waves I will sacrifice the speed on the smaller lakes for I cannot afford two props. anyhow if the bravo than what pitch would you recommend and a part # so I can look it up to purchase it.
    I measured the motor to pad and got 3 3/4.

    1. Dusty,
      Good question. For a big water prop with great planing, mid-range ride and good top speed, I would recommend the Bravo I XS. I’ve ran the Trophy Plus on Erie… just once – never again. The small barrel allows exhaust to flow over it into the blades – causing cavitation during slow speeds. Not good for navigating 3′ to 8′ waves. Exhaust flows through the large Bravo I XS barrel. This enables the prop to hook up while under slow speeds and provide a quick throttle response when needed to run the waves. The Bravo I XS is designed for a move up 1″ of pitch. Click here for a listing the available pitch sizes and part numbers. We have a lot of demand for the Bravo I XS so you may have to wait a couple weeks before we ship.
      Scott

  60. Hi Scott,
    i am using an Evinrude ETEC 150 HO on an Ranger Prestige (Italy) RIB Tunnel (light and most weight in the back half), CMC Jack Plate, Spinning an Enertia 13,75×20″ at nearly 6000 RPM (should be 5600) and an Evinrude Raker II 14,5 x 22″ at 5600 RPM, both at about 60 mph.
    Playing with the Bravo I XS Outboard, or what would be your choice for highest Speed and choice for best overall Performance?
    Thanks in advance, Andi, Germany

    1. Andi,
      If you stick with the Enertia style propeller, move up 2″ of pitch to a 22″ and expect the engine to drop 300 rpm. Consider the 23″ pitch Bravo I FS with the controllable PVS vent system verses the Bravo I XS with the fixed 1″ vent holes. E-TEC’s don’t require as much venting during planing. The Bravo I FS runs better at elevated transom heights – even during planing. Your jack plate will help maximize performance.
      Thanks,
      Scott

      1. Scott,
        thanks to you. I dont need bow lift at all, better would be stern lift. I read that the even pitches have more Cup und more bow lift ? Which prop would be the best (4 blade no or nearly no bow lift)???
        Thanks,
        Andi

        1. Andi,
          The even pitch Bravo I XS and FS have less cup in the trailing edge compared to the odd pitch. The even pitch would offer less bow lift. The 3 blade props typically offer more bow lift, Four 4 blades offer added stern lift. The Bravo I XS or FS with the shorten barrel lift the entire hull evenly. The stock Bravo I, with the flare on the barrel, can affect bow lift, pushing the bow down at WOT. Hope this information is helpful.
          Scott

  61. Scott, I’m running a 2013 bullet 20xdc with a 225 ProXS. I have 1.75 gears and with my current prop a 27 tempest I am running 81mph gps at 6000 rpms. I’m wanting 4 blade control and acceleration. I ordered a 28 bravo xs but want to get your opinion on if I should go with a 28 or 29 pitch. Boat comes out of the hole fast loaded or not and engine wants to run….would going from a 27 tempest to a 29 be too much? Also I see the odd pitches are worked even pitches, do I need an odd or even? You can email me or reply on here, I’ll get the email quicker.

    1. Chris,
      Let’s start with the 28″ pitch Bravo I XS which should give you similar rpm as the 27″ Tempest. In your case, I’m leaning toward the 29″ pitch. The odd pitch Bravo I XS retains more trailing edge cup compared to the even pitch. The added cup should offer an opportunity to increase engine height. Typically 1/2″ to 3/4″ higher than the 3 blade set up. The cup in the 29″ pitch should support holding at high speeds. If you can raise the engine expect to gain 50 to 100 rpm which should still give you good rpm.
      Scott

      1. Mr Scott, I received my 29bravo XS today. Had to put it on and try it out…….love it! A bit more bow rise than the tempest but out of the hole just as quick with no blowout, acceleration is better at any speed. It cured the problem with chine walk and porpoising and will not lose bit in corners even at very slow speeds and sharp turning. I haven’t topped it out or messed with my jack plate but high speed handling is much more stable. I got it to 80 gps at 5800rpms and I let off and didn’t have it trimmed all the way up. Now to see how it does with two people and a full tank of gas…today was me, my gear, live wells full and half a tank. I’m really liking everything the prop does to my rig. Thanks to you and all the guys on Fastbass, hopefully I hit it on the head the first prop I put on it! Thanks very much for the help!

  62. I am another one of those Yamaha guys looking for a four blade prop. I am currently running a 2006 skeeter 20i class with a same year 250 hpdi. I am currently running a blueprinted yamaha 25T1 at 5900-6000 rpm depending on load. I just had Hydro Tec Marine install a new powerhead and phase II kit which took my outboard to 300hp at the crank. My top end is good with this prop but my holeshot with full fuel and livewells full is terrible. A Bravo 1 xs was recommended but i have no clue as to what pitch I should start with or would a differnt option be better for a heavy load.

    1. Joe,
      Good idea running the Bravo I XS or FS. The HPDI typically doesn’t require as much venting during planing like the Mercury Pro XS. In some cases the 1″ vent holes in the Bravo I XS might allow for too much venting during planing. Consider the Bravo I FS with the .75″ PVS adjustable vent holes. The FS and XS props are made the same. It’s only the size of the vent holes that’s different. It’s hard to make a call on the pitch when shifting from a modified prop, but from the stock 25″ pitch you typically would move to the 26″ pitch Bravo I FS or XS. If the 300 HP upgrade was done after your performance numbers consider moving to the 27″ pitch.
      Scott

  63. I have a blazer 625 with 250 pro xs/hydro jackplate and power poles. i have a 27 fury that i run when i am alone. doesnt carry a load very well. hole shot is ok. i recently bought a 28 bravo 1 xs. it really blows out badly taking off. just barley can get on pad. runs good once going. however a 29 i think would be better for me on rpms as i can spin this one to 6100. anyway, wonder why im blowing out so much on take off. just about every other combo with a merc motor is running a XS with the big vent holes. any ideas???

    1. K Dennis,
      It could depend on the gearcase. In some cases, the new Torque Master II can increase the amount of venting during planing – causing excessive ventilation. If you do have the Torque Master II, the excessive venting – coupled with the 1″ vent holes – can cause the blow out. The Bravo I FS, with the adjustable PVS vent system, would help cure this. If you’re not running the Torque II then it could be the prop. The Fury runs tall in pitch compared to the Bravo I XS or FS. Typically, a move up 2” in pitch is needed. I agree with you running the 29” pitch. Back to the prop, it could be the issue. I would be glad to take a look at it to see if there are any issues. Please reply and I’ll contact you with an address it to.
      Scott

      1. Thanks for the reply. Also thanks for the offer to look at it. However I have since sold that prop. im either going to look at trying a 29 FS or a Pro Max. What size do yall think. 26 or 27 as I know they run stronger. BTW my motor is a 2010 model. so what ever lower unit that would be. Regular TorqueMaster…

  64. Scott, I have a 2000 TR 21 w/ 2002 Optimax, hydro jackplate. The boat came with a 26 trophy(not plus) I have tried numerous props, fury, tempest, tempest plus, turbos. I bought a 25 Tempest plus, had it and the trophy blueprinted. The trophy is a little faster, 70-71 at 5500 rpms, tempest 69 at 5600. I know these are good numbers, but the trophy at 67 or so gets a little squirrely, actually a little better control with the tempest. These #’s are by myself, loaded I lose 3-4 mph with trophy, only ran the tempest by myself. Wondering if there might be a prop that will give me a little higher rpm’s and control at wot?

    1. Keith,
      You have a couple of the best props for this model year boat. It’s going to be hard to beat. There are a couple other props to try (not to buy at this point). If you could get your hands on a 24″ pitch Fury I would recommend giving it a spin. Not sure what it will do. The Fury was designed for the newer boats where as the Tempest was designed for the older boats. The other prop that would be fun to try is the Bravo I XS 26″ pitch. With its large diameter you would have to adjust the engine height. The Bravo I XS typically likes to run .5″ to .75″ higher than the 3 blades and 13.75″ higher than a Trophy.
      Have fun.
      Scott

      1. Yea, the 25 fury I tried had a ton of slip after it planed, even lowering it. With the hydro jackplate, easy to adjust. I can run that trophy high, not sure where I can “borrow” a Bravo here in S. Louisiana. Is 9-10% slip as good as this boat will do? Does the pro max have better bow lift than this trophy?

        1. Keith,
          In most cases, the Pro Max would enhance bow lift. The lift is created by the added blade length (14.5″) as well as the parabolic rake design.
          Scott

          1. Scott, think you had a typo on how high to run a bravo. It runs higher than a trophy? I’m running a 26 this weekend, will let you know how it does.

          2. Keith,
            The Bravo I XS does offer the opportunity to raise the engine because of its large 15.25” diameter verses 13.75″ for the Trophy.
            Testing is the only way to tell for sure.
            Scott

          3. Scott, update, got a Bravo 1 xs, 26p, and loaded down it’s the best prop I’ve tried. 2 ppl, livewells full, 25-30 gallons of gas, 68 mph at 5600 rpms. I’ve hit 71 by myself @ 5700 rpms. Love this prop. JUMPS on plane!!

  65. Hello Scott,I have 196 champion that weighs 1650 lbs . Engine is a 200 efi 3.0 liter with a 25″tempest plus and 3.5″ below the pad , with me alone ,tackle , and 30 gallons of gas I gps 63 mph @ 5400 rpm and I believe my engines operating range is 5500 rpm hole shot is not real bad but it could use improvement this is a heavy boat with limited hp. And I would like to improve the performance of this boat and would the bravo 1 XS be a good prop choice ? And if so what pitch would you recommend an or any other changes. Thanks’ Jim B.

    1. Jim,
      The Bravo I XS works well with heavy loads by lifting the whole boat out of the water (lifting the blow and stern equally). To achieve similar rpm to the 25” Tempest, move up to the 26” pitch Bravo I XS (part 831914L60). Your at a good engine height. I don’t think you’ll need to go up any higher when switching to the Bravo. If you have a jack plate, our test data shows raising the engine ½” to ¾” provided increased performance.
      Scott

  66. Have a 2015 Ranger z119c with pro xs 225 optimax. Running 24 Fury. 67 mph at 5900 rpm. I have poor hole shot but have 2 heavy Talons and 4 batteries in rear. Would a 25 Bravo 1 xs help on hole shot and top end. I do have hydraulic Atlas jackplate.

    1. Richard,
      The Bravo I XS lifts the entire boat (bow & stern) – supporting the added weight of the Talons and batteries for improved performance over the 3-blade. When comparing the Bravo I XS to the Fury, plan for a 2″ pitch difference – to experience similar rpm to the Fury. When upgrading to the XS, you need to go with a 26″ pitch. Running the 26″ pitch should offer an additional 2+ mph. Let us know your results.
      Scott

  67. Hi Scott, I have a 2015 Bullet 21XRS 250 pro xs gen ll torque master 14″ jack plate 3/4 below pad 5800 rpm 76 mph loaded and 2 big boys 27 txp ot4 it will hit 5200 rpm before lock up at break over don’t care for that! Had 26 txp ot4 on it first was hitting 6100 rpm at only 73 mph also not best handling prop. looking at the Bravo 1 FS would 28 pitch be what i want you had said odd # have more cup? Bullets like cup.

    1. Eric,
      The new gearcase changes the lifting characteristics from the original Torque Master. In the past – I would agree to go with the odd pitch Bravo I XS with 1″ vent holes; not the Bravo I FS with .75″ PVS vent holes. Both the XS and FS (in odd pitch with the added cup) did work best. The new gearcase offers the opportunity to run the even pitch. Bullet Boats has been ordering the 27″ and 28″ pitch Bravo I FS to run on the Torque Master II. It’s hard for me making a pitch call without a Mercury prop as a benchmark. The TXP props have such a wide rpm gap which doesn’t offer us the most opportunity to use as a benchmark. If we use the TXP 26″ pitch, hitting 6100 rpm, I’d recommend the 28″ pitch Bravo I FS. But if we use the TXP 27″ hitting, a low of 5800 rpm, then the 27″ pitch Bravo I FS should do it. Have fun running the Bravo I FS.
      Scott

  68. I’m running a merc cruiser 22 bravo with extra cup holes at 6000 rpms 59-60 mph light load on a xri efi 175.
    I also have a Tempest 23 with little extra cup 64mph 5900 rpms.
    I think the 22 is to small what prop and pitch would you recomend xp or fs.size?

    1. Brad,
      I’ll try – but it’s going to be a guess for the pitch of the Bravo I XS. The difficult part is we don’t know how much extra cup was put into both props. A shop, when adding cup – typically increases the pitch 1″. Your Bravo I is more like a 23″ and the Tempest os more like a 24″ pitch. If we use the Tempest as a benchmark; to get to 5900 operating rpm – move up 1″ of pitch to the 25″ pitch Bravo I XS. If you want to dial down engine rpm (5700 to 5750 range), consider the 26″ pitch Bravo I XS.
      Scott

  69. Scott,
    With the new design of the Bravo1 XS with dual PVS and 1/2″ pitch increments, what would your pitch recommendation be for a 2012 Triton 21HP with 250 ProXS Gen1 TM?
    Thanks,
    Tom

    1. Tom,
      The upgrade to the dual PVS holes will be a 2015 running change with a goal of April implementation. We are making it easier for prop selection on OptiMax XS and ProXS models – no matter what gearcase style (Torque Master, Torque Master II or the Sport Master). To figure out what pitch Bravo I XS you’ll need, I need to know the current prop style and pitch your running as well as WOT rpm and speed for both light and heavy loads.
      Thanks,
      Scott

  70. Scott,
    Running a 05 Triton 21x with a 250 Pro XS. Currently running a 27 Tempest Plus, light load running 78mph but heavy loaded only 73mph. Running 5800 rpm, any suggestions? I’d like to try a Bravo 1 XS just not sure of the pitch.

    1. Barry,
      A move up to the 28″ pitch Bravo I XS will provide similar rpm as the Tempest – assisting with the heavy load. If you used a 27″ pitch Bravo I XS; expect a 150 rpm gain; from 5800 to 5950. Be sure to test engine height. You may need to go up .5″ to .75″.
      Scott

  71. I am running a 2007 Triton X2. Have tried most props on the market. The Bravo I XS is, from holeshot to the top end – absolutely magnificent performance. Good job guys. Best prop I have ever put on my 225 ProXS.

  72. I am presently running a 25 pitch tempest plus on a 2006 ranger 519 with 200 horse optimax. With 2 talons, no jackplate. I am wanting to go to a 4 blade for ruff water and better hole shot. What pitch bravo1 xs do you suggest?

    1. Mike,
      If you are getting good rpm with the 25 Tempest Plus then move to the 26″ pitch Bravo I XS. If you need to gain a little rpm, the 25″ pitch Bravo I XS will give you an additional 150 rpm.
      Scott

    1. Larry,
      Great question. The Bravo I XS is the only Bravo I getting the upgrade to the dual PVS vent holes. The (8) hole upgrade will enable fine-tuned adjustments of the venting. This is particularly handy when dialing-in the prop for enhanced hole shot. The previous Bravo I XS, with 1″ vent holes, doesn’t offer as much control over the venting. The difference between the FS and XS is purely the number of vent holes. The FS has (4); The XS has (8). The Bravo I XS is only offered in right hand rotation and it has a greater pitch offering with the new half pitch. Thanks again,
      Scott

  73. Scott,
    I think the 27.5 Bravo 1 xs is the prop for me, just curious is it a 26 double cupped or a 28 turned back. If it wasn’t quite write what would be my options for fine tuning? Meaning having it reworked.
    Larry

    1. Larry,
      The 26″, 27″ and 27.5″ pitch are all made from the 26 pitch casting. The 27.5″ pitch is the Bravo I with as much cup on the trailing edge as possible. The 27″ pitch has some of the trailing edge removed. The 26″ pitch has even more trailing edge removed. Bottom line; we are not pounding additional cup into the propeller. We’re taking advantage of the material that is already cast into the propeller.
      Thanks,
      Scott

  74. Hi Scott,

    I just wanted to get your thoughts on my set up. Previously I had a 2010 Ranger 620 with a 2012 Pro XS and went with a 22 pitch Bravo XS. Now I have a 2014 620, also with another 22 pitch XS. For whatever reason this boat came with a 23 pitch Tempest originally. The measurables increased nicely on the 2010 when I switched from a 21 pitch Tempest to the 22 XS, but the 22 XS on the 2014 hasn’t seen the same results. I believe the 14′ is 20 or 30 pounds heavier, but other than that it’s pretty much the same boat with the same motor and running the same average loads. I had my RPM’s and top end drop with the 22 pitch XS. I figured it would drop compared to the 23 pitch Tempest, but I’m not even close to the numbers on the 2010 hull/2012 motor set up. Any thoughts on this? I’m also running the motor at the same height as I did on the old boat. Any insight would be appreciated

    1. Scott,
      The Bravo I XS is designed for you to move up 1″ of pitch to achieve similar rpm as the Tempest. For example, your last 620 came with the 21″ pitch Tempest – hence the change to the 22″ pitch Bravo I XS. With the new 620 being equipped with a 23″ pitch Tempest – you will want to move up to the 24″ Bravo I XS.
      Scott

  75. Scott, I just ordered a 27.50 Bravo 1 XS WITH 8 pvs plugs. For my Yamaha hpdi 250. Now I have been told the Yamaha has trouble getting on plane with the flare removed on the short barrel. They say that to much exaust flows over the tips of blades causing blow outs. I am hoping this is wrong, have you received any reports on how this prop is performing on the HPDI. I cant find any blogs of success or not. Thank you.

    1. Larry,
      Thanks for running a Mercury propeller on your rig. The Yamaha motors typically do not require a great deal of venting. The blow out isn’t caused by the short barrel. It’s because of too much venting. It’s one of the reasons why we are moving away from the (4) 1″ non-adjustable vent holes to the (dual) .75″ adjustable PVS vent holes. The Bravo I XS, with dual holes per blade, come with a bag of large vent hole fittings. You may need to install these in the rear vent hole location. If you still experience excessive venting during planing then pick up a bag of the solid PVS fittings. Try installing (2) solid & (2) large hole fittings (in alternate locations) in the real holes. Keep the front holes (toward the gearcase) open. It’s awesome that you can now dial-in the correct amount of venting for both cool and warm weather.
      Enjoy,
      Scott

  76. Scott,
    I just bought a Nitro z7 and have just finished the break in on the motor. Now that I can really run the motor I find it chine walking pretty bad at higher speeds. I have ordered a 6″ hyd jack plate to raise the motor an inch or two but am not confident this will fix it all. would you suggest this bravo sx prop for me? and which pitch?

    1. Jason,
      To minimize the chine walking bring the boat up to speed without much trim. Slowly trim the motor out one bump at a time. Each time you bump the trim let the boat settle and just repeat the process to wide open throttle. Hopefully this will help with some of the chine walk. What are running for an engine and what style and pitch propeller are you running?
      Scott

  77. Hi I have a 2011 Nitro Z9 with a 2011 Mercury 250 Pro xs with torque master gear box I lack top end I run a 24 Fury and a 24 Tempest will the Barvo 1 help my top end my hole shot is oky but I lack top end !!!

    1. Frans,
      The Fury and Tempest are typically the faster props for light to medium loads. It’s the heavy loads where the Bravo I XS shines. It carries the entire boat (lifting the bow and stern) resulting in greater top-end speeds. Depending on your rpm, the 25″ pitch Bravo I XS will offer similar rpm to the 24″ pitch Tempest. A 26″ pitch Bravo I XS runs similar rpm as the 24″ pitch Fury. Typically, the Bravo I XS likes to run .5″ to .75″ higher than the 3-blade engine height setting. You’ll have to test raising your engine height for optimal performance (be sure to monitor your engine water pressure). If you would like performance specifics, I will need your engine rpm and speed at wide open throttle.
      Thanks,
      Scott

  78. I have a 2005 Triton SF21 with a 2008 250 Yamaha HPDI on a 6″ manual jack plate. Propshaft height is 3.75 inches below pad. Currently running a Yamaha 21M prop hitting the rev limiter at 6200rpm without much trim. I just bought the boat and I think it’s under proped. I am looking for a fast prop for when I’m running the boat with two people and a light tackle. I am torn between a tempest and a Bravo 1 XS. I am thinking somewhere in the 23″-24″ pitch range? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    1. Dustin,
      With your light load set-up go with the 23″ pitch Tempest. This should reduce your engine speed approximately 300 rpm (if the 21″ pitch is similar to a 21″ pitch Tempest). Your engine rpm should end up at 5900 to 6000 range.
      Have fun,
      Scott

  79. Hello Scott,
    I just bought a 2014 Z7. No jackplate but will be adding one very soon. I am at about 5800-5850 rpms WOT and doesn’t matter what load I have in the boat. don’t have GPS yet but showing 67-68 on speedo. I have blown out a few times getting out of the hole and the boat wants to chine walk pretty bad with little trim at WOT. Tempest plus 24 prop now. Id like to stay around that RPM or maybe even drop it 100 but don’t want to sacrifice speed. I haven’t measured prop centerline to pad yet but that will likely change when I install the jack plate. My main focus is get rid of the walking so I can trim higher than 1/8th of the trim gauge. What would you recommend?

    1. Jason,
      One step at a time. Install the jack plate and run with your existing 24″ Tempest to get a bench mark rpm and speed. The jack plate will change the angle – pushing the engine further aft. This should benefit your set up. The 3-blade Tempest is a great prop and, for every 1″ change in pitch, expect to gain or drop 150 rpm. With your current set-up, a 25″ pitch Tempest will drop your engine speed by 150 rpm. Use this general rule to select the correct pitch Tempest after you’ve achieved your bench mark numbers.
      Scott

  80. The 27.5 worked out perfect on my 250 hpdi, 2800 rpm 72 mph great all round prop. A little slower than my worked t1 but has enough advantages to make it worth the trade for 2 miles per hr.

  81. Hello Scott, I just bought a yarcraft 209 with a mercury 250 pro xs, with a 9.9 kicker. It came with a 21pitch tempest. I get 55mph with 5500rpm. I tried a 20pitch and about 56mph and 5600rpms. The motor is set in 4th hole up. Have the normal walleye gear with 3/4 fuel tank and livewells full. Has pretty good hole shot. I have talked to 2 walleye pros and they suggested the bravo xs. I’ve been told that this boat/motor setup should top 60mph.

    1. Rod,
      The 209 with a 250 ProXS is a great set up. The Tempest Plus is offered in 19″, 21″ and 22″ and up, so my comments are based off the 21” pitch achieving 5500 rpm. Many of the Pros have switched over to the Bravo I XS or Bravo I FS – depending on the pitch required. If the 21″ pitch Tempest offered 5500 rpm, running a 22″ pitch Bravo I XS should offer similar rpm – increasing speed by 1.5 to 2 mph. If you were looking to gain rpm – consider a 21″ pitch Bravo I FS which should offer an additional 150 rpm with a speed increase of 1 mph. The 22” pitch is the lowest Bravo I XS and as off May 1, 2015, the XS’s are equipped with (8) .75″ PVS vent holes. The Bravo I FS offers a pitch range down to 20” and 21” pitch which can be used on your OptiMax. The lower pitch 20” and 21” typically don’t require the (8) holes just (4) PVS vent holes offer the right amount of venting for the OptiMax. Be sure to remove all (4) solid PVS fittings to support an awesome hole shot.
      Scott

      1. Hi Scott. I tried a bravo 1. 22 pitch. Got 5600 rpm with a top speed of 56mph. I also tried a bravo 1. SX 23 pitch and got 56mph with only 5250 rpm. I haven’t tried a bravo 1. SX 22 pitch ayet. Just cant seem to get more rpm or top speed.

        1. Rod,
          I’m assuming the 22″ pitch Bravo I was stock. We can tend to over trim to compensate for the flare on the stock Bravo exhaust barrel. For example, let’s use a 1.75 gear ratio running the 22″ pitch hitting 5600 rpm at 56 mph. The slip calculates to be 16%. A 23″ pitch Bravo I XS results with a 14% slip for greater efficiency. The 22″ Bravo I XS should offer an additional 150 to possibly 200 rpm but the speed might not change. It appears you’re right at the balancing point between pitch, rpm and speed.
          Scott

  82. Scott what would be the best prop on a 2014 bullet 22sf with Yamaha 250 who. . Looking for best speeds and overall performance. Just got it .

    1. Haim,
      To help you with this question – what style and pitch prop are you currently running? Also – what’s your gear ratio and the recommended rpm range for your motor?
      Thanks,
      Scott

    2. Scott , just got the boat and it has a T1 Yamaha prop 29 p , 1.75 gear ratio , running around 80 mph at 5400 rpm , it’s chime walking , also got the bravo xs 28p , lift is unbelievable but chime walks even worse. Got the motor on #2 set up on atlas hydralic is I plate . They say this boat can run 81 to 82 loaded and 85 to 87 light . How do I cure the chime walk to get those numbers , thanks

  83. I have 2004 triton 21x with 225 opti on it and running a tempest 25 on it right now and to me the boat is slow out of the hole and very loose on top end getting about 68mph out of it with 2 people and gear and 1/4 tank of fuel and dry live wells . Turning about 5700rmp . I’m not a speed junky so top end don’t matter to me but just wondering If diff prop would help with the chime walking any .

    1. Steven,
      If you want to improve planing, consider the 25.5″ pitch Bravo I XS (part # 8M0100105). And, with this pitch, expect to gain 75 to 100 rpm. If you’re more concerned about top speed – step up to the 26″ pitch Bravo I XS (part # 831914L60). The Bravo I XS typically works best when run .5″ to .75″ higher than the height you run the 3-blade. The 4-blade XS may also reduce some of your chine walk.
      Scott

  84. Scott,

    Last year I bought a 2008 Ranger Z21. It has a Mercury 250 Pro xs mounted on a 10″ jackplate and is spinning a 25 Tempest Plus. After a few adjustments and some test runs, I found the boat to run best at 2.75″ below the pad, turning 5750 rpm and running pretty much right at 70 mph ( give or take 1/4 to 1/2 mph ) My biggest problems are the loss of control at WOT ( tight steering ) , not much lift at all, and a fairly sluggish holeshot. I know with the Bravo in order to run the same rpm I would look at a 26 pitch. However, I feel like I could spin 100 to 150 more RPM so would it be wise to look at the 25 Bravo? Also, what is the difference between lab finish, pro finish? And the XS and FS? Would running a Bravo hurt or help my top end?

    Thanks

    1. Jim,
      A 4-blade will help reduce steering torque and the 25-inch pitch Bravo I XS will greatly improve hole shot. At your current engine height – plan on gaining 150 rpm with the 25” pitch. Your speed could drop by 1 mph. Typically, the Bravo I XS enables engines to be raised by .5”. With your center of prop shaft 2.75” below the boat bottom. You may already be at a good height. The difference between the Bravo I FS and XS is just the vent holes. The FS had (4) and the XS has (8). The Lab Finished Bravo I blades are thinned – allowing for the engine to gain an additional 100 rpm (1 mph) over the Pro Finished Bravo I FS and XS.
      Scott

  85. I have a Legend Alpha 211. After ready post I have same problem as others. I run two Tempest props one is a 24 re-pitched 25 WOT 6000 65mph. Second 27 5650rpm light load 77mph. Loaded boat does not come out of the hole.
    My question should I go with the bravo 1 xs 27 or 28?

    1. Thomas,
      The 27-inch Bravo I XS should offer an additional 150 rpm – bringing the engine speed up to 5800 rpm with a strong hole shot – even when loaded. Consider the engine height might have to come up .5″ to .75″.
      Scott

  86. Scott,
    I have a 2011 Z8 running a 2010 225 PRO XS
    I got the boat used in the fall, and didn’t test it until this spring when our ice went out.
    My set up is 2.75 below pad, with a Fury 25 vent holes wide open.
    Had a great hole shot with no load and two people and about 1/2 tank of gas. Top speed was 65 at about 5600RPM..
    Now that I am loaded with gear and another body, hole shot is so so, but top end is only about 53mph gps @ about 5500rpm and very hard to get on pad. I might also mention, I need to trim very high to get close to being on pad, meanwhile having a rooster tail quite high.
    As I saw you mention in previous posts, the Z series boats are bow heavy? I ask because I tend to run quite flat, very little lift.
    Would the Bravo give me more lift, than say a Tempest Plus?
    If so, what blade would you recommend for my setup.
    Bill

    1. Bill,
      The Bravo I XS. It will do wonders for your set up. It’s a fantastic prop for carrying heavy loads while offering good top speed. The prop is designed to provide bow and stern lift to carry the whole boat; critical for a load like yours. Typically, you move up 2″ of pitch compared to the Fury. In your case – I’d like to see your engine gain 100 to 150 rpm with the 26” pitch Bravo I XS. Take an XS for a spin. You’ll feel the difference in ride and performance. It will be like having a new boat!
      Scott

  87. Scott trying to dial in my Legend Alpha 191 W/175 ProXS

    Legend Alpha 191 W/175 ProXs
    Slidemaster 10″ plate 3 inches below pad

    Tempest 21P (worked) 5750 52.7 mph gps ( 4900 ft. elevation )

    Second run

    Legend Alpha 191 W/175 ProXs
    Slidemaster 10″ plate 3.5 inches below pad

    Tempest 21P (worked) 5670 53.6 mph gps ( 4900 ft. elevation )

    Any suggestions ?

    1. Mike,
      I’m making an assumption that your worked Tempest has extra cup – increasing the overall pitch to 21.5”. In review of your data – it would be interesting to see you run a 22” or 23” pitch Bravo I XS. The 4 blade will stay hooked up (reducing the amount of slip) at 3” – 3.5” for enhanced performance when compared to the 3-blade. The 22” pitch should offer 5700 to 5750 rpm and the 23” pitch should run 5550 to 5600 rpm. If the slip comes down 2 – 3 %, you’re looking at 54 to 55 mph.
      Scott

      1. Scott I had a blueprinted prop when I had an older Champion 184 and a 150 Vmax and I don’t think the cup was adjusted, but I am not positive on that.

        I was actually thinking the 21P Bravo 1 fs might be the choice I also ran a brand new 22 P Tempest stock 3 inches below pad @ 5650 53.1 mph gps (4900 ft. elevation ).

        Does this info on the Stock 22P Tempest help ?

        Given this what would you expect from a 22 P Bravo 1 XS ?

        Thanks for your help Scott

        1. Mike,
          Yes. Thanks for the 22″ pitch Tempest data. Hitting 52.7 mph at 5750 rpm with the blue printed 21” pitch Tempest and 53.1 mph at 5650 rpm with a stock 22” pitch Tempest, the Bravo I XS 22” pitch should offer 5750 to 5800 rpm and hopefully you’ll see 54.5 mph
          Scott

        1. Mike,
          Typically it’s a 150 rpm gain, with quicker planing. You may give up 1 mph on top-end…. hard to say for sure.
          Scott

  88. Scott,

    I own a 2001 31 Fountain TE that was tested new at Lake X and still wheres the Lake X badges. It was originally set up with twin 225 Opti with 22 Bravo 1s. Boat ran out pretty well about 60 with 50% fuel and light load. Since new i have changed engines to twin 300XS and I owen and have run 26 Bravo 1s, Bought new 3 months ago Bravo 1 24’s and now have also purchased a set of new Eco 23’s . I am dissappointed with my 64.5 top end. I was looking for 68mph plus. and have yet to obtain even close. I raised the motors one hole and performance seem to go down. Any suggestions?

    Chris

    1. Chris,
      What are your performance numbers with the 24″ and 26″ Bravo I (are these stock Bravo Is?) How about the 23″ pitch ECO? Send your wide open throttle, rpm and speed for each prop. Also – please let me know your engine height, i.e. where are your engine(s)s prop shaft centers mounted relative to the boat bottom? Your information will help guide my recommendations.
      Scott

  89. I have 2014 19xs with 225 Pro xs 10″ atlas hydraulic with 24 fury half tank of gas loaded with fishing gear 74 on gps at 5800 drops to 69 to 70 two people same rpm will the 26 XS it’s help with the problem thanks
    Also have 4 battery’s and talon running heavy
    Tried 25″ trophy plus it was a little faster same load 75 on gps 5900 rpm had 10″manual jack plate at the time had to raise 1/2 to 3/4 to make that happen boat did not handle as well with trophy
    Any help would be great thank you

    1. David,
      You’re on the right track thinking about the Bravo I XS. It was designed to carry the heavy loads. It’s not going to be as fast as the Fury in a light load but – for the heavy loads, nothing beats it. Check out the 26” pitch to achieve similar rpm to the Fury 24”. Just like you did with the Trophy you’ll be raising the engine .5” to .75” higher than what you ran with the 3 blade.
      Scott

  90. Scott iv been reading a lot of reviews on this xs prop..and I’m a little hesitant on what I need to change..I’m running a 2008 nitro z9 250 pro xs…heavy load..25p fury..great hole shot…terrible top end..5450 rpm 62 to 63 mph.when I jack up or trim up starts walking…I’m would like to see better performance..was thinking 27 bravo xs but I would like to see more rpms..so do I get a 25 or 26 xs..

    1. Brad,
      The 27” pitch Bravo I XS will offer similar 5450 rpm. The sweet spot is 5800 rpm. Running the Bravo I XS enables you to increase the engine height .5” to .75” which should offer an additional 100 rpm. Every 1” of pitch results in A CHANGE 150 rpm in engine speed. So with the change in engine height using the 26” pitch you should see 5700 rpm. A 25” pitch should hit 5850 rpm. It’s hard to say but you may also find added rpm with the ability to trim out further with the Bravo I XS.
      Scott

  91. Hello Scott,

    I sent info a week or so ago. Have been running an 08 alpha 211 pro xs 250 with a 27p tempest plus. 5600 rpm 70mph summertime and 5700 to 5750 cold weather 71 to 73.
    I purchased a 27p bravo 1 xs. I did not gain any rpm. I did loose 100rpm. The hole shot is still not very good. The top end is the same with great boat lift. I raised and lowered jack plate and seem to run the best where it was set with the tempest.
    I worry about ordering another prop. Will a 26p or 25p be the prop?

    1. Thomas,
      It’s surprising the engine didn’t gain any rpm with the 27” pitch. During planing – experiment by raising the engine. the Bravo I does like to run high compared to being buried in the water. As for pitch – the 26” pitch should provide an additional 150 rpm and the 25” pitch would offer another 150 rpm. The 25” pitch would offer awesome planing but top speed would drop 2 – 3 mph.
      Scott

  92. Hi Scott just received my Ixs duel vent I have the torque master II installed the vent plugs that came with it plus purchased enough to install in the other holes plains off best with the holes plugged hole shot not any better than the fury top end with same load same as fury 68 on gps 5800 wot have not tried with light load the load I had was 4 battery’s 1 talon 40 gallons gas live wells full all fishing gear myself at 180 partner at 250 pretty big load should it do any better top end and do the vent holes effect top end and should I completely seal some of the vent holes
    Thanks for your help David all so I have a triton2014 19 xs

    1. David,
      The vent holes are just used for bringing the boat on plane. Once on plane, The pressure from the water flowing past the gearcase alleviates any chance of exhaust coming out the vent holes. The Torque Master II gearcase has some built-in venting for the propeller during planing. However, I would think you would still require some of the vent holes open for a good hole shot. The Bravo I XS also run better higher than the 3 blade so be sure to try raising your engine .5” to 1”.
      Scott

  93. Scott,

    I have a 20TRX with 250 Pro XS & TM II with 10″ Hydraulic Jackplate. I’m currently running a 25P Fury at 3″ BP. Full tank of fuel & 2 person Tournament load I’m turning 5750 rpms with 72 GPS speed. I’ve been reading these post and wondering if a Bravo 1 XS could help my performance for these conditions. I’ve tried a 25P Tempest it turns 5850 rpms with same speed as Fury. Haven’t been able to find anyone local with a Bravo 1 XS to test. If Braxo 1 XS is recommended what pitch should I buy. I appreciate your help. Thanks.

    1. Tommy,
      Using the 25″ Tempest as a benchmark for rpm and speed, installing a 26″ pitch Bravo I XS should offer up similar rpm with speed at or down 1.5 mph. Typically, running the Bravo I XS allows engine height to be increased .5″ to 1″ – depending on your existing height. If the engine height can be raised .5″,expect to gain 75 rpm at that height. Consider a move up to the 26.5″ Bravo I XS. The one half inch additional pitch should offer similar speed as the Tempest with the opportunity to gain 1.25 mph.
      Scott

      1. I’ll check with my dealer on a 26.5″. I have no problem with raising motor from 3″ to even 2″ BP. I’m 25+psi water pressure. I appreciate the help.

  94. Hi Scott- I have been reading a few articles about the Bravo 1 XS, and I have some questions. I have a tuffy osprey 1890. It’s an 18’11”, 1600lb fiberglass walleye boat with a 200 ProXS on it. The console is set pretty far back on this boat so it has a lot of stern weight. I am looking for more stern lift. It came with a 21p tempest (57-58mph at 5600) the prop was great out of the hole and top end, but porpoised at mid range speeds and didn’t hold plane at low speeds. I switched to a 21p high 5 and it was even better out of the hole great mid range,still porpoised but less and hit the rev limiter at 50 mph. I had a 25p high 5 so I tried it to. Slow out of the hole, great mid range, didn’t hold plane too well below 25. (55mph at 5200rpm)

    I just added a 9.9 pro kicker and thought I would just run the 21 high 5 and stay out of the throttle the rest of the season, well the high 5 can’t hold the extra stern weight and boat porpoises severely now.

    I am going to try a 21p rev 4 or a 22 XS next and I’m just wondering which will give me better stern lift and hold plane at lower speeds? Top speed doesn’t matter much to me but I would like to get the best overall performance out of my boat.
    Thanks

    1. Jared,
      Good idea to switch over to the 4 blade. For the Rev 4 – the 21” pitch would be too aggressive. Plan on the 19” pitch to achieve good rpm (2.5 mph loss of speed with the 19”). If you noticed a rpm loss after adding the 9.9 kicker, consider the 21” pitch Bravo I FS vs the 22” pitch XS. The 21” pitch isn’t offered in XS line because there is enough venting when all the PVS plugs are removed, resulting with a good hole shot. I’m leaning more toward the 21” FS for your best all-around performance.
      Scott

  95. Running a 05 tr20x with a 225 pro xs with a 25 tempest, by myself, half tank gas run 74.5 gps at 6000 rpm but when i add partner speed drops to 70. Hole shot not bad, 1 large vent and 2 open. Have a 10 in hydraulic plate usually run prop at 3.75 below pad to cruise then raise it to 2.75 or so for wot. Live wells hold 45 gallons and has a 54 gallon fuel tank. Hull weight around 1700lbs. I like the way a 4 blade handles and wondering if the bravo will help with the hole shot when i fill those live wells and will the bravo allow me to power load the boat on my trailer? Would like to make the loaded top end a little better too.

    1. Chris,
      The Bravo I XS would be a good fit for your set up when running the heavy loads. You will want to maximize your performance target of 5800 to 5900 rpm. Use the pitch of the prop to target the rpm. If you dropped 200 rpm when under load then go with the 26” pitch XS. If the rpm only dropped 100 rpm then consider the 26.5” pitch XS. The availability of eight vent holes you should enable you to dial-in the amount of exhaust venting required for power loading. The XS typically runs better than a 3 blade with heavy loads so plan on picking up 2 -3 mph.
      Scott

  96. Scoot,
    Buying the Bravo XS!!! Need recommended size please:
    2008 Triton TR20xHP
    ETEC 250HO (1:85 gear ratio)
    27 Tempest Plus
    Hyd Jack plate, 8″
    Best run: 74.7 MPH GPS at 0.75″ below pad 5900 rpm O2 23 psi
    Loaded down: 72.3 GPS at 0.5″ below pad, 5800 rpm O2 20 PSI
    What size do you recommend?

    1. Mike,
      Thanks for calling in. After talking with Mike we ended up leaning toward the 28.5″ pitch Bravo I XS.
      Scott

      1. Scott, thanks!!!!
        Wow!!! Got the 28 pitch. Will make 28.5 in the morning, a little blow out on holeshot. But, what a huge difference!!!! The prop is unlike anything I ever ran before! Holeshot 90% fixed with PVS adjustments. Neck snapping, plane to 68+ is unbelievable. Was running at 68GPS @ 5600…and hammered it. Raised jackplate and trim. Got to 76.5 and there was still room for more. No chinewalk whatsoever. I am a believer now! My Triton has natural bow lift, but I had no idea how much performance is gained from lifting the transom as well. I now run 76.5 GPS @ 6000 rpm. So, some cup will add speed, reduce blow out, and bring the rpm to 5850! Outstanding prop!

        1. Update: Three solid plugs. Holeshot perfect! Prop is insane! Thanks Scott. Ya’ll have winner with that prop.
          For those of you out there thinking a 4 blade slows you down…wrong! This one is faster in all aspects.

  97. I have a 1996 – 19’3 gambler w/ 225 promax (6500RPM Max) TM lower 1.75, looking for a prop and wondering about this vs trophy or Tempest.

    I have a trophy plus 4blade in 26 pitch that chine walks terrible and currently 5700rpm and 67mph, I need help prop has been raised from 4 1/2 to 3in’ below and slowly getting less chine walk.

    1. 1996 Gambler 225 Pro Max
      Back in the day, the Trophy was the prop of choice for your boat. With your gear ratio and a Pro Max 225, I would think the 26” pitch would be the right pitch. I’m surprised you’re not achieving greater speeds than 67 mph. Has the prop been repaired? if so – that could be some of the problem.
      Scott

  98. I have a bass cat puma Ftd with new 3.2 Mercury 300xs looking for the best prop for combo . The old setup was 250 pro xs 26 fury 6050 78.5 , 79 mph 3 inches below pad. I like bravo 1xs pro finish and fury props any suggestions. I know the 26 fury is to small using it to break in the engine

    1. Charles,
      The 27” pitch Fury might be your prop. I’m not sure you could swing a 28” pitch – even if we offered one (the Fury’s run tall in pitch). On the Bravo I XS side (these run light in pitch), it’s either the 29” or 29.5” pitch. I’m leaning toward the 29.5”.
      Scott

      1. Hey Scott, I have a 300xs on the back of my Lake & Bay. Currently I’m running a 27″ Fury @ 6000 rpm for 74 mph. I would like to run the Bravo xs as I’ve been told numerous times that it will give me more top end speed. What is your take on this and which Bravo xs would you recommend?

        1. David,
          I think we covered this via the phone but for the others, look at running the 29″ pitch Bravo I XS. Check your engine height. You will want to raise it maybe .75″ to 1″ higher than height with the 3-blade. Here’s to touching 77 – 78 mph.
          Scott

  99. Hi Scott 15 202 blazer 225sho 12″ jack plate 26 turbo lite 78-79 loaded including my 200 lb partner 73 what size bravo would you recommend and do you think it will help I run wot most of the time with my partner or what I mean is he’s with me 90% of the time thx bud

    1. Jim,
      Tough call on what Bravo I FS pitch to go with because I’m not as familiar with the competitors’ pitch characteristics like I know our props. Guessing it’s between the 27” or 28” pitch Bravo I FS.
      Scott

  100. Scott,

    I’m about to purchase a new Glasstream 240 CC with a 250 Pro XS. I’m disappointed with the performance number b/c I feel they are using the wrong prop. They are currently spinning a Mirage Plus 19″ at 5800 rpms yielding only 52 mph. My goal is top speed. What do you recommend and how fast should I expect to go?

    Thanks,

    Dave

    1. Dave,
      Actually, the performance is fairly good. The 20″ pitch Bravo I FS is the only other prop I would think to run on this set up. The Bravo I FS should offer a little better cruise fuel economy and top end could see an added 1 mph. If you try the 20″ pitch Bravo I, remove at least (2) – if not all of the PVS solid vent fittings. This will provide a quick hole shot.
      Scott

  101. Hi Scott i have a 2010 Nitro Z9 with a 300XS motor i am looking for the best over all prop. my current set up and results are as follows

    2 people
    -25 Pitch Tempest Plus
    -3 1/4 below the pad
    -1/2 tank of fuel
    -69.7 MPH top speed
    -5900RPM

    Just me in the boat
    -25 Pitch Tempest Plus
    -3 1/4 below the pad
    -Full Fuel
    -72.8 MPH
    -6000RPM

    what would be the prop to buy to outperform these numbers. Any help would be great. Thanks

    1. Danny,
      The Tempest is performing well for you under both heavy and light loads. If you can get your hands on a 26.5″ pitch Bravo I XS, I would give it a spin. Although the Bravo I XS allows for enhanced engine heights, I would start where you’re at and go up .25″ at a time to find the sweet spot. The greatest benefit will with heavy loads where you will pick up approximately 2 mph.
      Scott

  102. Running a New Nitro z18 with the Mercury 150 4s

    Has dual power poles and gets loaded heavy currently running a 23 Tempest

    Slow hole shot
    60 mph at 5800 rpms If I loaded light and by myself I believe I would be on the limiter.
    3inchs below the pad

    Will the bravo offer better hole shot then a Tempest and if so what pitch and how much higher should I raise the motor.

    1. Tim,
      I think you’ll really like the Bravo I FS. It is designed specifically for carrying the extra load. The 4 blade offers bow lift like the Tempest but with a little stern lift to support the added weight of the Power poles and battery. The Bravo I FS seems like it would be too much prop for the 150 but, in this set up, it’s ideal. I’m glad you listed your engine height. Plan on going up one hole (.75”) to get maximum performance with the 4 blade. Plan on running the 24” pitch Bravo I FS. Your hole shot will improve. Your ride will improve as well as the prop picks up the complete boat. You may see an increase of up to 1 mph in speed.
      Scott

  103. Scott I have a 2015 ranger z118c with merc 150 4 stroke with atlas 8in hydraulic and one talon with 3 battles. It came with a rev4 21p. 2 people 25 gallons of fuel and full tackle load I get a poor hole shot and 50mph 5100rpm, please help!!!

    Thanks
    Tom

    1. Tom,
      I think we can help you with a 20″ pitch Bravo I FS. You engine rpm is so low running the Rev 4 21″. Expect to pick up 200 to 300 rpm which will really help with planing and carrying the heavy load. For the best performance, take advantage of the jack plate for maximize planing performance (it’s not always a good idea to bury the motor while planing) as well as top speed. You’re going to love the FS. It will be like having a new boat.
      Scott

  104. I have a 92 Ranger 481v with a Yamaha 250 vmax, the motor came with an OMC 14.25×29 chopper prop on it. With that prop I can barely get out of the hole and wot is only 65mph at 5400rpm. This prop has way too much bow lift for me and no stern lift. Would you recommend the Bravo 1 xs for me? If so what pitch? Thanks!

    1. Chase,
      The 29” pitch prop with a 1.75 gear ratio offers 23.3% slip. Your boat should be closer to 10%. Using the Mercury Racing Slip calculator with inputs of a 1.75 gear ratio, engine speed at 5400 RPM, a top speed of 65 MPH, and 10% slip, prop pitch equates to 24.7”. For the Bravo I XS, go for the 25” pitch.
      Scott

  105. Hello Scott,
    I tried to search to see if you already answered this but just too many to read through. So if you already covered this, sorry. I saw you answered someone running a 300XS but I only have a 250XS to play with …
    I have a 2003 20’ Lake and Bay with a pocket hull. I am running a 2011 250 ProSX with a Bob’s low water pickup bullet, 10” offset Atlas jack plate and currently running a 27” Tempest that has been rode hard burning flats.
    Best speed ever was 74mph but typically I see 66-68 with any kind of load. It seems to be very weight sensitive. The hole shot is very temperamental and seems to suck air if things aren’t just right ( like skiing, slowing to partial plane in rough water or for large boat wakes, or getting up with any jack plate.) I can’t seem to find the sweet spot for engine height with this prop to get a consistent engine RPM range. When I feel like it is running at the peak height and still getting water, it hits the rev limiter.
    I ran a standard Bravo1 26P that seemed to hold water very well but could not hit 70. Great hole shot.
    I have been told that this boat should run close to 80 and it has in the past with a LAB prop. (The prior owner said 84….B.S. I’m sure)
    Can you point me in the right direction?
    Thanks !!!
    Bill

  106. Scott – in follow up to my question last week, I gathered some more details on my set up.
    2003 Lake and Bay 20” Boca Grand (pocket hull) 10” offset Atlas jack plate and a 2011 250 ProSX.
    Ran this weekend with 2 people (about 365LBS) and 30 Gallons of gas in the rear tank.
    27P Tempest prop and running at 72.5 MPH on the rev limiter. 1 ½ inches of jack plate and trimmed all the way out. (But I do have negative trim wedges). I think I need at least 1 more inch of prop just to stay off of the rev limiter as it cuts out at I believe 5800-5900 RPM. Would you suggest a 28P or 29P Bravo 1 FS or XS?
    I tried to run a 30P trophy once but could not spin it up without a ton of jack plate, but could not get up into the 70’s with it either.

    1. Bill,
      The 29″ pitch Bravo I XS would be my choice to replace the 27″ pitch. The 28″ would offer similar rpm. Since you are looking to get off the rev limiter – moving up to the 29″ should lower your engine speed by 150 rpm which will put you where you need to be.
      Scott

  107. I have a new 2016 Ranger 520c with a Mercury 250 Pro XS, Atlas Hydraulic Jack Plate. First problem was boat started walking at 65mph/5400rpms running both a 25″ Fury and a 25 Tempest. Finally found the sweet spot (3.5″ below pad with jack setting at 10) reaching 72mph. Second problem is a terrible hole shot with tournament load. Takes 8-10 seconds for boat to start to plane with prop blowout, turning 4000rpms. Would you recommend a 25 Bravo 1 XS, a 25.5 Bravo 1 XS or a 26 Bravo XS.

    1. Kevin,
      I’d go with the 25.5” pitch, other 520 owners are doing the same thing; the prop really carries the heavier loads.
      Scott

  108. Scott – I’m running a Basscat Jaguar 2000 73mph at 5600rpm in 95 degree heat. The top end is fine with me though I have a little ways to get to limiter, my problem is the hole shot. I have a 26 fury with additional 5/16 holes drilled behind each pvs plug. Hole shot was good through the springrape but the last month it’s gotten worse and almost won’t get on plane loaded workout having passenger move to front of boat. I was reading up on the bravo 1xs and seems guys with similar setups have had good results. What do you think would be a good pitch to try and sm have great hole shot through the summer?

    1. Brent,
      The Fury runs 2″ of pitch taller than the Bravo I XS so your 26″ Fury equals a 28″ Bravo I XS (keep in mind the Bravo I XS will run better at elevated engine heights of 3/4″+ higher than the 3 blade). The 26.5″ pitch model (part number 8M0111149) might be the way to go because the 27″ pitch will only enhance engine speed by 150 rpm. The 26″ pitch may be take your engine speed down too far (as much as 300 rpm). The 26.5″ would split the difference.
      Scott

  109. Scott,
    After reading through the info you’ve provided on the Bravo 1 XS, it may just provide the performance boost my setup needs. Here’s what I have:
    2007 Nitro 288 Sport Fish/Ski
    Optimax 225 Pro XS, 24P Trophy
    5650 WOT, 68 mph top speed
    No Jack Plate, 3.5″ below pad
    This beast is heavy – with 2 passengers, full live wells, 3 Batts, 40 gal fuel + gear you’re looking at about 3,450 lbs. I’m not concerned about top end so much as as better holeshot and holding plane while mid-range cruising (she tends to fall off the pad below 40mph). I’ll be adding a jack plate and am considering a prop change as well. Would you recommend the Bravo 1 XS, and if so what pitch?

    Appreciate your help,

    1. Aaron,
      Yes, I think the 25″ pitch XS would be a good choice. It will offer similar rpm to the 24″ Trophy. If you wanted 75 additional rpm – then go for the 24.5″ pitch. That will give you an even better hole shot – maxing out your rpm at WOT.
      Scott

  110. Hey Scott I got 2002 21xd bullet with 2007 250 pro xs with sport master 1.62 with txp4 26 pitch it’s turning 5750 rpm half inch above pad running 83 it real slow out hole what pith would I need for bravo 1 xs would it be 29 pitch? Or would 28.5 be better

  111. Hi Scott,

    I’m very interested in the Bravo 1 XS.

    The story so far is;

    I have a small 17 foot Dancraft (old Australian design).
    I have an old injected Mariner 225 – 3.0 Litre with a gear ratio of 1.62 to 1 and slightly raised compression.

    The only propeller that worked on this rig was a large hub Trophy. I had a 26” pitch propeller.
    This propeller went from Ski racing to boat racing then social skiing.
    It was an absolutely marvellous propeller.
    The only problem I could possibly say it had was; it was a bit slow to pull out social skiers and extremely slow with tubes.

    Then I hit a rock and cracked the blade.
    I tried to get another and was told the large hub trophy is no longer made.

    I no longer race and am looking mainly for a prop that will pull one skier out easily and maybe 2 at a struggle.
    I’d also like to keep a reasonably quick top end, Just so I can still enjoy driving it quickly.

    So far I have tried using a small hub 24 and 26 pitch Trophy with and without exhaust ring and varying pvs plugs. The results are definitely down on the big hub.

    I’m thinking that the Bravo 1 with the extra pvs holes may provide a better pull out by allowing me to slip a little more when pulling out skiers.

    I’m thinking maybe 24 pitch but would love to get your advice.

    Unfortunately, I have been told it’s difficult to get a propeller to try over here (Australia).
    As they are approx. $1400, over here,I don’t want to make a mistake.

    Your advice would be really appreciated.

    Thanks
    Reg

    1. Reg,
      Sorry about the old large tube Trophy being discontinued. Along the way it was called the Offshore and the Vensura before getting discontinued. I like your idea regarding the Bravo I XS. The 24” pitch XS should achieve similar WOT engine rpm as a 23” pitch small tube Trophy. The (8) vent holes will help rocket the water skiers out of the water.
      Scott

  112. scott i am running a 24″ fury on a Z7 seeing about 59mph at 5500rpm
    i am looseing so much performance with 2 people and full tanks, i am about to change props what do you think would work best for me

    1. Richard,
      Most guys have switched over to the Bravo I XS in 25” pitch. It will be like getting your boat back. Plan for testing engine heights during planing and wide open throttle when you make the switch. Typically, the Bravo I XS like to run ¾” to 1” higher than the 3 blade. Enjoy your new boat.
      Scott

  113. I’m running a 2007 Champion 200 Elite with a 225 Pro XS. I have a 25 Tempest and a 25 Fury, both run 5700 rpm’s, and 70 mph. The boat runs pretty flat, it’s heavy, and weighs 1900 lbs. I would like to try a Bravo 1XS, I believe it would raise this boat up out of the water some, and handle better. Which pitch would you recommend?

    1. Chuck,
      Move up from the 25” pitch Tempest to the 26” pitch XS to achieve similar rpm. You’re right. The complete boat – bow and some stern will be lifted. Awesome ride!
      Scott

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