Props and Hardware

Tohatsu Outboard Propeller Chart

Propellers have two basic dimensions; diameter and pitch. Diameter is the distance measured across the propeller hub line from the outer edge of the circle that is made by the propeller's blades during rotation. Pitch is the distance that a boat will travel if rotated one revolution without any slippage. When describing a propeller both the diameter and pitch are given. The diameter is referenced first and the pitch is second. Therefore, a 12" x 9" propeller would have a 12-inch diameter and a 9-inch blade pitch.

Theoretically, a propeller with a 14-inch pitch, when rotated one full turn, would advance a boat 14 inches through the water. In reality, no 14-inch pitch blade will advance a boat 14 inches with one full turn. This variance is referred to as slippage.

In general, changing to a higher pitch prop will increase your top-end speed but reduce your acceleration (reduce your "hole-shot" power). On the other hand, decreasing the pitch will increase your hole-shot but sacrifice some of your top-end speed. If the hole-shot speed is important to you, for example if you pull water skiers most of the time, then you would want to go with a lower pitch prop and sacrifice some of your top-end speed but increase your hole-shot speed to get the skiers up faster.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU EVER USE A PROP WHICH WILL ALLOW YOUR OUTBOARD
TO OPERATE ABOVE THE OUTBOARD'S RECOMMENDED MAXIMUM RPMs!

The propeller selection chart can be used to help you in selecting the correct propeller for your Tohatsu outboard. Remember that in any application, discrepancies in performance can result due to the different boat hull designs, the final carrying load and your particular needs.

NOTE: It is highly recommended that the outboard be checked with a tachometer to ensure that the engine is operating within the correct MAXIMUM RPM RANGE.

The selection of the correct propeller will allow the engine to obtain it's full RPM as well as the designated horsepower. Engine horsepower is very closely related to the RPM that the outboard can obtain. In other words, if the outboard can not reach its specified RPM, it cannot reach its specified horsepower. We hope that this selection chart helps you in making the right decision when choosing a propeller for your Tohatsu outboard.

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