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I've got a 1800 Astro with a 115 mercury 115 ELPTO, currently running a laser II 22 pitch. with 2 guys and empty live wells the boat is slow coming out of the hole, with the wells full you cannot get it on pad without someone laying on the front deck. This last trip even with empty wells and someone on the front deck it was a fight to get on pad. I pulled the prop when i got home and found the plastic piece cracked pretty badly, I am going to order the new assembly. What would you guys recommend as far as prop pitch to get out of the hole with a full load? I am not to concerned about top speed considering I don't fish many tournaments in that boat, the goal i am shooting for is to be able to get on pad quickly with a full load and be able to pull a tube or skier.

Any help is appreciated!

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6 hours ago, Peck said:

Get a 4 blade and a whale tail. That'll help get out of the hole. Not sure on the pitch tho. 

I had lne other person recommend the whale tail, never heard a 4 blade would get you out of the hole quicker 

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On 5/17/2021 at 10:59 PM, trackertxw175 said:

4 blade will get on plane faster, but you'll lose some on top end. Just curious, is that boat foam filled and is it by any chance wet?

Boat does have some foam, but doesn't appear to be water logged at all. 

On 5/18/2021 at 11:22 AM, 31Airborne said:

+1 on going w/ a 4-blade.  REC trying a 21 and 19P, in that order.

There is also a device called a holeshot plate.  It fits inside your jackplate (if you have one).

My boat doesn't have a jackplate, but I ordered a 19P 4 blade prop this morning. I will give it a go and hopefully be in there. I talked to a guy that works across the road yesterday, he had been dealing with the same issue on his boat and finally determined his stator was weak, so I checked mine before I ordered the prop.

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