Among the new product releases Mercury Racing has slated for the upcoming 2015 Miami International Boat Show in February are Bravo I XS four-blade outboard propellers in half-inch pitch increments. According to Scott Reichow, the Fond Du Lac, Wis., company’s performance propeller manager, Mercury Racing will display 23-1/2-, 25-1/2-, 27-1/2- 29-1/2- and 31-1/2-inch pitch Bravo I XS stainless steel wheels at its booth in the Miami Convention Center. Reichow added that although the props will be officially “unveiled” when the show opens, they have been validated and tested and can be ordered today.
“The new half pitch Bravo I XS owners to fine tune their smaller performance-oriented center consoles and bass boats,” said Reichow. “For example, we’ve run across situations where 29-inch pitch wasn’t quite enough and 30-inch pitch was too much. The new 29-1/2-inch pitch Bravo I XS would be the perfect solution for that particular boat. And, for some applications, the half-inch pitch will offer additional bow lift for enhanced efficiency and to speed. We’re really excited about this latest addition to our popular Bravo I XS propeller family.”
Reichow said demand for new Mercury Racing propellers including CNC five- and six- blade stern drive cleavers, the Bravo I FS, XS, OC & XC families as well as Maximus and Pro Max models is still strong. That demand forced the company to discontinue its customization and repair services for in-field propellers earlier this year, he said, and the company still offers those customization services in-house for new propellers.
“We continue to be extremely busy—even as we enter the “off-season,” said Reichow. “In fact, demand has been so strong that we’ve added propeller technicians this year with plans to add even more in 2015.”
Reichow was quick to emphasize that customers with existing propellers still have a Mercury Racing-approved option for tuning their props, as well as repairing damage to them.
“We certainly haven’t ‘abandoned’ our customers who prefer to customize or repair their existing props,” said Reichow. “Frank & Jimmies Propeller Repair Center in based in Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) is the only authorized Mercury Propeller Dealer focused on repairing and customizing Mercury Racing propellers. They’ve been in the prop repair business for a number of years—and Mercury Marine has been associated with them since 1992—with two locations in the U.S. as well as numerous locations in the Caribbean.”