How To Increase Your Boat's Top Speed On The Water: Part 1

How To Increase Your Boat's Top Speed On The Water: Part 1

October 05, 2018

For many boaters, reaching top speed is a cause for concern either because of unpredictable rough-water handling or the boat won't plane as quickly as you'd like it to.


Fortunately, in most cases, you can improve the speed of your boat regardless of what's causing it to have trouble. Here are a few tips you can use to boost your boat's acceleration with a little elbow grease.


Start by documenting your progress so you know what's working


Before you can work on your boat's speed and acceleration, you first need to figure out what exactly is keeping it from reaching top speed in the first place. 


Have a friend or family member record your boat as you drive at its highest speed. The video will be able to help shops determine what may be happening.


Look for visual cues in the video. For instance, your boat's rooster tail (if there is one) ought to be low and long. The bow ought to be riding at a 3 to 5-degree positive incline at the max.


If you notice anything in the video other than these visual cues or if your boat looks different than these queues, your boat-and-motor setup may be incorrect.


Determine if your boat's propeller is in good condition


Your boat's propeller is what converts power into motion, so it's a good idea to check to see if its blades are in optimal condition. 


Your propeller blades ought to be sharp, clean, and free of dings. Propellers that look a little worse for wear may need a tuneup.


After you've checked the condition of your propeller, determine what kind of propeller you have. It may not be the best choice for your performance application.


Propellers with small blades and surface area won't be able to carry larger hulls. Larger blades with more surface area may be a better choice if you have a heavier, larger hull.


Boats with a natural lift built in may work best with cleaver-style propellers. Cleavers may not accelerate well, but they do give you optimal top speeds. 


Round-ear propellers have a strong performance under different conditions and work well with boats with overall lift.


Keep in mind what needs to be changed about your boat and what results are realistic. If your prop shop recommends a different propeller, give it a chance and try it out.


Stay tuned for part two and be sure to light up the water!


Stay tuned for part two on how you can improve the speed and acceleration of your boat with a few boating tips. Until then, consider how waterproof LED lights for boats and marine light bars can make a big impact on your marine vehicle.


As the days get shorter and you improve your boat's top speed, you'll want to be sure you're using RGB rock lights and marine LED light bar strips to be seen on the water. LEDs convert 100% of their energy into light, making them incredibly energy efficient.


RGB rock lights and waterproof LED light strips for boats ensure you're safe, secure, and ready for the water. To learn more about RGB rock lights and other LEDs, contact Plashlights today.


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