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Greg Guimond
04-09-2016, 06:53 PM
I am digging through my various props and I have a Hydromotive 4 blade in very nice shape. The stamped data on the prop reads HC-CL23R..Q-IV OT. I'll get a better photo to post but PM me if you are interested.
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Thanks

gcarter
04-09-2016, 07:18 PM
The most tenacious prop I've ever tried.
I had a 22' or 23" on my Minx and I just bought a 26" for the TR.

tmdog
04-09-2016, 07:24 PM
Somebody should snatch it up. Q4-OT 25p for my 18. Best prop yet.:)

Greg Guimond
04-09-2016, 07:46 PM
Somebody should snatch it up. Q4-OT 25p for my 18. Best prop yet.:)

What is the "OT" piece all about?

Magnum Ralph
04-10-2016, 03:22 AM
How might this work on my 18 with alpha ss and being reported with a 406 500 hp? I know very little about propping.

Magnum Ralph
04-10-2016, 08:17 AM
How bout my minx with mild 383 325 hp and an alpha gen 1.

gcarter
04-10-2016, 08:24 AM
How bout my minx with mild 383 325 hp and an alpha gen 1.

It would be an excellent choice for the Minx.

gcarter
04-10-2016, 08:26 AM
How might this work on my 18 with alpha ss and being reported with a 406 500 hp? I know very little about propping.

A good choice for your Minx, but for your 18,
you'd need 25"-27" pitch.

tmdog
04-10-2016, 11:02 AM
How might this work on my 18 with alpha ss and being reported with a 406 500 hp? I know very little about propping.

As I posted earlier, my 18 OD is a SS and powered with a SBC Dart 406. Didn't have it dyno'd and probably running same HP as you. I chose a 25p and not more to avoid stressing od. I run mine very close to 6k, not sustained.

tmdog
04-10-2016, 11:08 AM
What is the "OT" piece all about?

I think Hydro made that prop for outboards. Years ago, I followed Rootsy post and I believe he ran an OT on his 16. There was a video of him running with another D at speeds N. of 70

Magnum Ralph
04-10-2016, 02:10 PM
I can't do pm my phone # is Ralph 248-214-9285

gcarter
04-10-2016, 08:29 PM
BTW, for your Alpha/SS, it'll need to have a rubber hub.

Magnum Ralph
04-10-2016, 10:36 PM
Why a rubber hub?

gcarter
04-10-2016, 10:44 PM
An Alpha has no "give" in its drive components, so there needs to be something to let go in case of a grounding, or whatever. A hub is cheaper than gears and shafts.
A Bravo has a cone clutch that can slip a bit under the same circumstances.

Magnum Ralph
04-11-2016, 09:09 AM
Thank you so much me carter

Greg Guimond
04-11-2016, 12:41 PM
As I posted earlier, my 18 OD is a SS and powered with a SBC Dart 406. Didn't have it dyno'd and probably running same HP as you. I chose a 25p and not more to avoid stressing od. I run mine very close to 6k, not sustained.

Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't the rare "SS" version of the Mercury Alpha lower unit give you a prop shaft centerline that is closer to the keel's bottom than a stock Alpha or Bravo drive does? I can never remember if it's 2" or 2 1/2" higher.

tmdog
04-11-2016, 10:25 PM
The SS lower is 2" shorter than a Alpha. The upper of the SS is 1" shorter than a Alpha. Overall The SS is 3' shorter than a Alpha. These facts were taken from Rootsy post years ago when he was an active member. He sure was a valued member.

After swapping drive to a SS, speed increased 6mph. gps. Handling (feel) was much improved.

Greg Guimond
04-11-2016, 10:32 PM
Gotcha, 3" overall. I would bet that if you tried a Precision Propeller Turbo Fusion 4 prop you would find it as good or better than a Q-IV on that higher drive.

BUIZILLA
04-12-2016, 07:37 AM
actually, it's 2 3/4" shorter.. :pimp:

Greg Guimond
04-12-2016, 09:48 AM
BTW, for your Alpha/SS, it'll need to have a rubber hub.


An Alpha has no "give" in its drive components, so there needs to be something to let go in case of a grounding, or whatever. A hub is cheaper than gears and shafts. A Bravo has a cone clutch that can slip a bit under the same circumstances.

Mr. Carter, you are correct with one exception. If you have a high amount of non-stock horsepower behind the drive you can accomplish the same thing by using the CORRECT flo-torque insert. There are a variety of inserts but if your goal is to have the insert take the impact, the Flo-Torq II model which has the softest insert is the way to go. I would think with spirited use, a rubber hub would spin far earlier than the FT II. You just have to be sure that you are getting the proper kit/part # as there are many options within the Merc Flo-Torq line-up.

Greg Guimond
04-16-2016, 09:55 AM
My Q-IV prop is still for sale :yes: I also have about a dozen other props of various types that I am digging up that I will sell. PM me with what you might need and I will check.