MAX5 Street Party!

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A scene from the 2015 Desert Storm Poker Run Street Party. Our Mercury Racing Experience truck has a fresh look. Official Mercury Racing merchandise is available for purchase as well!
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The 2016 Mercury Racing Desert Storm event Tee and a variety of official Mercury Racing Merchandise is available for purchase at the Mercury Racing Experience truck.

It’s party time! The Mercury Racing Experience truck is front and center at the Desert Storm Poker Run Street Party. Our temporary address is easy to remember…1550 McCulloch Boulevard! 🙂 We are excited to once again be a part of the largest performance boat gathering West of the Mississippi.

MercuryRacing_Max5_Logo_LABELPerformance prop  guru Scott Reichow is on site to talk props and reveal our latest wheel, The Lab Finished MAX5.

Satisfy Your Drive 

Performance boat builders and dealers are finding the Sport Master gearcase enables them to achieve significantly higher boat speeds by allowing Verado 400R outboards to run at higher transom heights than models fitted with a production style case. To date, maximizing efficiency of the surfacing, low water pickup gear housing had only been limited by propeller slip.  Customers have been eager to find a solution to take full advantage of the Sport Master’s capabilities.

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The 15-inch diameter MAX5 is offered in a pitch range of 23 to 34 inches in one-half inch increments.

The custom five blade MAX5, developed and hand-crafted by the Mercury Racing Propeller Lab, is custom designed for single and multiple Verado 400R Sport Master applications.  The Lab Finished prop provides a measurable reduction in propeller slip, (up to a staggering 12% in some applications). In fact, MAX5 props were the thrust behind Nor-Tech Powerboats’ milestone center console performance run, clocking repeatable 101 MPH top-end speeds from their quad Verado 400R powered 39-foot hull.

MAX5s were the thrust behind Nor-Tech's milestone 101 mph performance out iif this quad 400R outboard powered 39 foot center console.
MAX5s were the thrust behind Nor-Tech’s milestone 101 mph performance out iif this quad 400R outboard powered 39 foot center console. Photo credit: Speedonthewater.com

The 15-inch diameter prop is offered in a pitch range of 23 to 34 inches in one-half inch increments. The one-half inch pitch offerings enable engines to be dialed-in to their maximum rpm operating range for enhanced throttle response, optimized cruise fuel efficiency and top speed. The stainless steel prop features the Mercury patented Performance Vent System® (PVS). PVS® enables the user to fine-tune the amount of venting needed for quick planing. MSRP is $2048.61.

Come See for a FREE Tee!

Here's your chance to win a FREE Mercury Racing Tee! The MAX5 Satisfy Your Drive promotion starts a 2 p.m. Quantities are limited.
Here’s your chance to win a FREE Mercury Racing Tee! The MAX5 Satisfy Your Drive promotion starts a 2 p.m. Quantities are limited.

We are so pumped about the new prop that we even had a custom promotional T-shirt made.  We got a bit carried away with that and well – have a few to give away. Quantities are limited.  The MAX5 Satisfy Your Drive promotion begins at 2 p.m. Stop by the Mercury Racing Experience truck for details. 

 

Steel Wheels Tour 2016

Official Steel Wheels 2016 Tour shirt.
Official Steel Wheels 2016 Tour shirt.
We're excited to show off our updated Experience Tour truck featuring the Fastest TV on the planet!
We’re excited to show off our updated Experience Tour truck featuring the fastest TV on the planet!

Desert Storm is the opening stop on our 2016 Mercury Racing Experience truck tour. The truck interior got a complete makeover during the long Wisconsin winter. We’re excited to have you stop by and check it out.  We have additional display updates in the works. It will be a show stopper for sure!:)

See you in the Desert. We’ll leave the lights on! 🙂

 

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32 thoughts on “MAX5 Street Party!”

  1. Hi Rick
    Could you expand on what the design and application differences are between the max 5, Maximus, and the high 5 props?
    Could you also comment on what types of engine/hull combos are likely to see a benefit from the 5 blade props as opposed to the 4 blade props?

    1. James,
      I think we covered this via the phone but I thought I would share for the benefit of the group. The MAX5 is nothing like the HighFive. The MAX5 has an enhanced rake (carries the boat better), a larger diameter (allows for running the engine at elevated transom heights which reduced drag for enhanced efficiency and speed) more blade area (increased fuel economy in the mid-range and faster top speeds). The MAX5 was designed as an alternative to the Bravo I 4 blade for both outboards and sterndrives up to 600 HP. Applications includes outboard center consoles, twin outboard catamarans, single Verado 400R outboard with Sport Master gearcase applications, twin outboard sport boats, single and twin engine Bravo One or Bravo One XR Sport Master/Sport DWP drive applications.
      Scott

  2. I was wondering if I could purchase a steel wheels T-shirt or a max-5 T-Shirt as I am not able to make it to desert storm this year. If someone could email me back at the email address above it would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank You for your time..

    1. Hi Brad:

      I’m checking with our vendor regarding your question. I’ve provided them with your e-mail address. They will be contacting you directly.

      Rick

  3. I’m currently using a bravo xs 28 in a Verado 400R … which step recomedaria me of max5 … Verado 400R Bass boat 21 feet
    with the bravo 28 top speed of 92 mph at 7000 rpm

    1. Elias,
      You’re generating some impressive numbers with the 28 Bravo I XS. If interested in the MAX 5 consider running the 27” pitch. Adjust you engine height accordingly.
      Scott

      1. And as I am using a bravo 1 xs 28 … that step you recommend me the max5 …
        and the hole shot you think you will get better with max5 as compared to bravo 1 xs

        1. Elias,
          The MAX5 is an awesome prop for the right set up. if that set up is incurring high slip like 18% or higher. Typically slip increases with a step hull or when running an elevated Sport Master gearcase. Tell me what’s your boat and motor you’re running with WOT rpm and speed and I can tell you more about how the MAX 5 would perform.
          Scott

          1. Good night … I know a little crazy, but I’m using a Nitro Z8 with a Verado 400R …

  4. I AM RUNNING A 28 SKATER WITH TWIN 300 XS MOTORS, 34.5/ 14 1/2 4 BLADES, 6100 RPM, 113 TO 115 MPH TURING OUY. DO YA THINK THESE MAX 5 PROPS WILL INCREASE THE TOP END SPEED ? FORGOT TO MENTION 15 TO 20 LBS OF WATER PRESSURE.
    WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR FEEDBACK. TXS CARL

    1. Carl,
      The Max 5 props were designed for the 400R equipped with the larger Sport Master gearcase. I would pass on them for your 28 Skater.
      Scott

  5. Scott have a 2014 triton trx bass boat I was trying to get more speed bought 25 pitch pro max , only getting about 67 to 70 mph wot with 250 pro xs 5700 rpm. Can you help.thought of upgrading to a 250 or 300 xs.?????

  6. Hi Scott,

    Any experience with the max 5 on a single engine straight v bottom (no steps) with relatively high prop shaft height? I’m running a bravo 1 non labbed at 4.25″ below the bottom with a 12″ extension box. The bravo does good now at about 9-10% slip but I would like to be able to put a Sportmaster lower on to raise the propshaft another 2″ which I where I would feel I’d need a 5 blade. The only thing I would fear is too much stern lift which could result in a chine walk at high speeds when what I need is bow and overall boat lift. Your thoughts?

    1. Torey,
      Installing a 2” Shorty Sport Master would require a 5 blade prop to reduce the amount of prop slip generated by the 4 blade. I don’t think there will be a handling issue with either the MAX5 or the short tube Lab Finished Maximus. Both have shortened exhaust tubes for minimal stern lift. The MAX5 worked well on a 29’ Fountain featuring our 565 with the dual water pickup Bravo One drive. The Lab Finished Maximus, in most cases, carries heavier boats better.
      Scott

  7. Scott, I have a 20XDC Bullet, with a fresh modified Merc 260; 1.87 Sporty 1.5″ above pad with a 14″ setback.
    Haven’t ran it to WOT speed yet but it pulls a ProMax 26P 89gps at 7600rpm, loaded to fish inc. dual ProPoles. Needless to say the boat is heavy on the rear having 3 batteries, poles and pumps, oildyne trim pump, fishing gear and fuel all in the rear!
    My question is; I have several friends with similar setups who run High Fives and are getting awesome holeshots but scraping some of their top end performance in doing so. How will the Max5 perform in comparison to the ProMax and High Five?

    1. Willy,
      I’m thinking the same way. I’d like to see what the Max 5 would do on a set up like yours. I did get a chance to run it on a 520 Ranger with 250 Pro XS but it was too much prop. The MAX5 5 was designed to run up near the surface with the 400R Sport Master so it just might work for your 260 Sport Master. Plan to drop down to the 24” pitch Max 5 to achieve similar rpm as the 26” Pro Max.
      Scott

      1. Thanks for the reply Scott!
        I was even thinking of maybe a 22″ as I’m more interested in Low and Mid performance, up to around 80-85mph, instead of absolute top end speed. You know that 70 year old men ain’t pose to be runnin 100 anyway! lol

  8. Scott, I have a 20XDC with an 05′ 300X and a sportsmaster. I’m running both a 29 pitch bravo 1xs that runs very well and a worked hydromotive 27pitch that runs well also. I was curious if this prop would handle, accelerate and come out of the hole decent on my rig. Im running a 1.62 gear ratio. I wish i had numbers for you but 95mph 2 people full tank and all our gear is all ive ran it up to and i wasn’t looking down at rpms….lol any thoughts on how it would work on my rig.

    1. Chris,
      Your rig is running fantastic. The 5-blade Max 5 is just too much prop for your set up. You’d have to run a 27” pitch to achieve similar rpm to the 29” pitch Bravo I. Running the lower pitch would drop your speed substantially.
      Scott

  9. Hello.
    I’m running a 24 4 blade bravo 1 behind a 2000 502 mpi 415hp. Bravo outdrive with low water pickup only. Boat is a 26′ commander cat. single step hull. The center sponson is deep and has a good V. Boat runs good about 73 @5000rpm(rev limiter). It porpuses at top speed what I have read it can be caused by the diffuser ring. Takes off good but it does have planning or trim tabs in the tunnels. My major problem is my cruising speed. The boat doesn’t pack good air until about 50 and that is about 4000-4500rpm. Depending on how many ppl are in the boat. Looking for a better cruising speed was going to buy a 26 4 blade to try or Maby the new 24-26 max or even the Maximus. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks Charles

    1. Charles,
      I like the idea of the 24 inch pitch Max 5. The 24 should lower the rpm just off the rev-limiter offering incredible mid-range cruise. Top-end is going to be close to the Bravo I. Please contact Bob Teague from Teague Custom Marine in California to get his opinion about the Max 5 on your Commander.
      Scott

  10. Scott– I have just purchased a 2017 32′ yellowfin –The boat came with the 3 blade prop on twin 400s.–
    (I max out at 60- 62MPH on my GPS) – What will be my advantage to the 5 Blade prop on that boat with the stepped hull and will it hurt at trolling speed 7-9 mph

    1. Pete,
      What 3 blade prop and pitch are you running? What rpm are you hitting at 60-62 mph? You might be better with the Rev 4 XP or Bravo I FS. The Max 5 may be too much prop.
      Scott

  11. I am the designer and owner of skipper-bsk.com. I have two of Skipper NC100s (33ft) with 2x400R/Sport master installed in 660mm distance. I have Bravo 1 fs 26picth, reaching 82 miles in 6950RPM. The cones of drives are 2cm lower of the hull, because I need bow lifting and with bravo props I cannot reach it in higher level. I want max5 props because I think that I will install engines in higher level (2holes above) with the trim and bow lifting I need. Please let me know what pitch I need. Looking forward for your reply. Thanks in advance.

    1. Alex,
      If you kept the same gearcase height, drop 2” to the 24” Max 5 but raising the engines will increase rpm so you may end up in the 26” to 27” pitch range.
      Scott

  12. how much larger in terms of RPM drop does the max 5 run vs a equal stamping pitch bravo1, I can swing a 24 bravo 1 at 5950 at 20ish % slip 63.5 mph) but a 15 1/18 23 pitch Solas Scorpion runs about 8% at 68.5 mph at 5600 rpm on a 250 Pro XS with a torquemaster, currently I can go up higher with the engine and I gain RPM but no additional speed in about 3/4″ I lose bow lift ability but there is a 3/4″ zone of no loss of water pressure no bow drop and no speed increases just added slip, would the 5 blade be viable to allow this dead spot to actually gain mph or is the 5 bl still to much prop in the 23″ size even though it isn’t exactly designed for this style of gear case or engine per se?

    1. Alanna,
      Plan for 2” pitch drop from the Bravo I FS and the standard Bravo I plan for 3.5” pitch drop. The other prop’s 300 rpm engine drop appears it’s a taller pitch than it’s labeled. It’s like running a 26” pitch standard Bravo I which would drop the engine rpm down from 5950 to 5650. Many boats require the gearcase lower in the water to generate bow lift. The water flowing into the gearcase creates bow lift by applying pressure to the top area of the bullet. If the bullet area is too high, no bow lift is generated and the prop become ineffective. Adding blades to compensate for the added slip works but that doesn’t necessarily offer greater speeds if the style of boat requires bow lift to perform. For surfacing applications, the Sport Master gearcase would be preferred because of the low water pick up and larger skeg for high speed stability. Have fun with your rig.
      Scott

  13. Sir, I have a 2013 Formula Fastech 292. I have a pair of 377-320 hp engines, Bravo 1 outdrives with a gear ratio of 1.65. I’m turning a pair of Bravo One 28 pitch, four bladed props that came with the boat. At WOT I’m at 5000 rpms going 60 mph on gps. With high prop slippage and the lack of speed , are there any other prop options

    1. David,
      I like the idea of running the Max 5 props on your rig to knock the slip down. The Lab Finished Maximus would have too much blade area for the engines. Look at running 26″ pitch Max 5. You should see the slip come down to 12 to 14%; increasing top speed by 3.5 to 5 mph. Give Teague Marine a call. They have them in stock.
      Enjoy these wheels!
      Scott

  14. Hi!
    I hope you are well 🙂

    I have a Phantom 25 feet offshore hull made in 1985. I had several engines, incl Johnson GT 3.6 V8 300 Offshore, Promax 300X, 2 x Merc 2.5 EFI SS, Verado 350 sci and now a brand new 400R.

    Top speed with the Verado 300Sci last summer after strengthened the foredeck was 80,3-81 mph at 6,550 rpms. HD gearcase. REV4 25 pitch, thinned, cupped and 1,5 inch shorter tube. Propshaft approx 2,5 inches below the bottom. The boat needed a little positive trim to free up

    The boat is a classic straight hull. I have added a 8 inch notch last year. I use a 5,5 inch Gorilla Jackplate. So a Sportmaster gearcase is an experiment for this hull.

    The best speed so far after one week with the 400R is 86 mph at 7,040 rpms. If positive trim, the boat slows down. so it has to be run neutral (max 2 degrees positive trim). Best propshaft height is 0,75 above the bottom. Lower, the speed drops. Higher, the slip increases. However, I need chop to get it running, and I am wondering if Max5 could be good choice. REV5 does not like to be run too high.

    I have lost 3 mph at cruise speed as the jackplate needed to be raised 1,5 inches to allow me to drive the engine high enough without pushing the jackplate too high.

    So in an ideal world I would like my cruise speed to increase 2 mph and top speed to be more consistent.

    What do you think?

    Kind regards, Toffen-Norway

    1. Toffen,
      The Max 5 was designed to run with the 400R Sport Master gearcase; it allows for raising the engine higher than the .75”. It’s hard to say the pitch, at the current height maybe 23” pitch and elevated you could expect to increase to 25” pitch.
      All the best,
      Scott

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