There’s nothing like the feeling of boating and pushing the throttle forward, as your boat cuts through the water. American Honda Power Equipment Division wants to share some tips to optimize the amount of power on your boat to make your boat faster.
Upgrade the Propeller
One of the easiest ways to increase the speed of your boat is to upgrade the propeller. Changing an aluminum propeller to a stainless steel propeller should provide an increase of 3 MPH. Honda Marine has a Propeller Selector Tool that guides you to the proper propeller for your boat hull type and boating style.
Reduce Weight In Boat
Reducing the weight in your boat can increase the speed. Three ways to reduce the weight are:
• Remove unnecessary gear and supplies
• Remove extra seats that are not used
• Empty the water tank
Blueprinting For Speed
Return the hull of your original boat to the manufacturer’s original shape and design. Over time, the boat hull will begin to warp and change shape which will create some drag and limit the top speed. Blueprinting can add between 5 and 10 MPH to the boat speed.
Remove Marine Creatures From Bottom of Boat
Marine creatures and barnacles on the bottom of the boat will create drag which decreases the speed of your boat. Removing the marine creatures and barnacles from the bottom of the boat will increase the boat speed.
If you have questions about a new Honda Marine propeller, contact American Honda Power Equipment Division, 4900 Marconi Dr. Alpharetta, GA 30005-8847, 770-497-6400.