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Old 03-10-2009, 07:08 PM
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Default Switching drive ratio ( bravo 3 to bravo 1)

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I am the proud owner of 2001 wellcraft excalibur 24
Recently my Bravo 3 drive was stolen. I do not know what ratio it was and I want to switch to a Bravo 1 so I tried a drive which came off of a Baja, I think it was a 1.5 but I am not certain. The holeshots were terrible and I couldn't top 55 mph on GPS like I could with the B3

My old Drive serial number is OL767674 and I have the 7.4L engine s/n OL697806 my boat is 3800 pound dry weight with a V-hull similar to the larger scarab. Can anyone tell me what ratio I need to buy and also which prop should I get to at least reach 60 and still holeshot like a 24 footer.

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Guys! Let's welcome my long time friend FRED !!!!

I'm sure someone here has the answer or a part of the answer he is looking for.

Thanks for your help!
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unless someone has the same boat we'll need prop pitch and rpm's at max speed to try and figure what you were running.....and what you need to run.

FYI: you will NOT find a Bravo 1 that will have the hole-shot that Bravo 3 had. If you liked the way the boat handled, why don't you go back to a BIII?
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unless someone has the same boat we'll need prop pitch and rpm's at max speed to try and figure what you were running.....and what you need to run.

FYI: you will NOT find a Bravo 1 that will have the hole-shot that Bravo 3 had. If you liked the way the boat handled, why don't you go back to a BIII?
I was told that the ratio is 2:1 which is huge, it would certainly explain why I was rocketing out of the water. 55 mph was pretty good but I thought that I could get a B1 for less money and play around with the props.
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You are correct the bravo 3 was 2-1 on the gear ratio, just get the right prop and you will like it , however , you will not get the "out of the hole" performance from the single prop that you got from the two prop setup , the two has a smaller prop for torque and a larger prop for top end , thus , the great performance , having said that , the single prop will give better top speed after approx 60-65 mph depending on your hull ,, try differant props ie: 3 blade verses 4 blade ect:

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The 3 is surely the way to go in that speed range and also is an excellent choice if using the boat for towing toys or skiers.

BTW Bammarine shows a new B1 at 4500 and a new b3 at 5000, there may be better deals around at the moment especially used or re-built.

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Originally Posted by RHC View Post
You are correct the bravo 3 was 2-1 on the gear ratio, just get the right prop and you will like it , however , you will not get the "out of the hole" performance from the single prop that you got from the two prop setup , the two has a smaller prop for torque and a larger prop for top end , thus , the great performance , having said that , the single prop will give better top speed after approx 60-65 mph depending on your hull ,, try differant props ie: 3 blade verses 4 blade ect:

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basically are u saying that, if I want to reach 60 I could probably do it with the B3 without sacrificing too much holeshot if I get 2 good props? like for example Merc Bravo 3 props with lab finish? and if I want to go higher than 60 then the only alternative is a B1?
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