Many of us, at the chase of the ideal propeller, have tried quite many of them looking for the ideal one for our rib-engine combination. Through these tests we have noticed that each propeller has different effects on the rib behaviour.
Every year about this time, boaters across the country start to get the itch. The days get a little longer, and a little warmer, and it just seems natural to grab the toolbox and the wash bucket and head for the boat.
Taking into consideration the ancient Greek saying «Prevention is better than Cure», it would be appropriate to check our RIB and our engine every time we get out of the sea. It won’t take more than 10 to 15 minutes, while it may save us from troubles and costs and will certainly ensure our safer ribbing.
As we have seen in the previous article entitled «Engine’s mounting heigh», one of the most important factors affecting a lot the boat’s performance is the engine’s mounting height on its transom.
Nowadays, as the increase of the cost of fuel has become one of the major factors for the choice about the proper outboard, Suzuki has developed a system called «Lean Burn» that enabled their outboards to get even more with less of fuel.
As we have seen in a previous article, the trailing edge of the trim tabs should be slightly higher than their front edge when they are fully retracted. This slight upward inclination is called negative angle and is of great importance.