Basic Sailboat Propeller Theory

Understanding parts of the propeller and its basic theory can be useful when researching propeller upgrades or solving problems when your boat is not performing under power. Hopefully this article will provide you with some of the basics when it comes to understanding how your propeller works.

Parts of the Propeller

Propeller Basic Characteristics

A propeller is normally described by :-

So, a 16×12 propeller will have a diameter of 16 inches and a pitch of 12 inches. A “16″ 3B Featherstream” will normally describe a 3-blade Featherstream propeller with a 16-inch diameter.

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