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'89 formula 272 sr-1 only 55mph with twin454 ?

Old 06-01-2019, 11:47 AM
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I have a '89 formula 272 sr-1 with stock 454 merc 330s and Bravo1 drives... spinning 4 blade 24p bravo props
Gps is 55mph at 4400rpm.
seems a bit slow to me for that set up.
anyone have ideas or different prop setup for this rig ?

any and all input is welcome. This boat is new to me this season. My other boat is a 78 Donzi 21GT with single 330 trs spinning 23inch 3blade cleaver... hits 68 on gps at 4900rpms. Fun, reliable and solid...she's a champ.
the new boat is great size wise, but thought it would be 10-12mph faster...

again thanks in advance for any ideas.
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Old 06-01-2019, 07:47 PM
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That formula is pretty heavy. I've heard of those models getting into the low 60's stock. Sounds like you could use more prop pitch imo. 24 seems a little low.
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Old 06-01-2019, 08:04 PM
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Something is off. I have a 311 with 23 pitch mirage. Mine runs 63mph and 4600 rpms with 454s.

Would have thought that boat would have had 23 on it, but maybe it had something higher. Maybe your Speedo is off. Was that GPS?
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Old 06-01-2019, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by MyIsland View Post
Something is off. I have a 311 with 23 pitch mirage. Mine runs 63mph and 4600 rpms with 454s.

Would have thought that boat would have had 23 on it, but maybe it had something higher. Maybe your Speedo is off. Was that GPS?
It jumps out of the hole trimmed down, right up on plane... at WoT it runs great trimmed in but will porpoise if trimmed out much. The Kplanes will steady her but I can feel the drag. The speedo reads 55 and a gps app on my phone matched it at 54... 4400 rpms.
The hull is different to me than the Donzi so I'm still shaking her out regarding trim, kplanes, and rpms, fuel load etc.
but 55 still seemed sluggish. With the 3 blade cleaver the Donzi runs a 19" pitch for skiing and tubing....up and out of the hole....and a 23 for top end but slower hole shots.

how will dropping the pitch or switching to a mirage make a difference? I thought I'd get more top end with the larger pitch prop...these are the props it came with from the previous owner.

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Old 06-01-2019, 09:32 PM
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That's about all she wrote with the magnums maybe mid to high 60 mph range my 02?
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Old 06-01-2019, 10:00 PM
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I had a Formula 292 SR-1 that originally came with 330's. I tested, Mirage, Bravo, Hydromotive QIV and Rev 4 props. My favorite was the hydromotive Q4. I was able to get 63 mph out of that combo. A 272 should see 64-65 with 330's. My guess is your engines are tired and or your carbs need a good cleaning.

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What pitch was those props? Did you loose any top end with the 4 blade? What did it do for you vs the mirage?

How many hours on the boat..... back the 272?
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Sorry should have posted that. Mirage was a 23. Bravo and Hydro were 24's and the Rev 4 was 25.

Also your props could need a tune up, as the prop ages it can flatten out. Also if its been worked on a lot, the diameter could be cut down. Either way, something is wrong. Your boat should be a solid 64-65 mph performer!

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Old 06-02-2019, 11:21 AM
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That's what I expected ..64-65...
so the investigation begins.... here's to hoping I hit the lottery

thanks for the replies!
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Old 06-02-2019, 02:46 PM
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I had the same boat and with fresh 350 fuel injected Mags/ 300 HP ran 60 MPH exactly with 21 Mirages at 4500 RPMs. I would check compression of engines first. You are way off the mark so props are not likely the biggest issue here. But that said you may find a better prop combo as well but I wouldn't start switching props yet. You're in the middle of the recommended RPM band so not a terrible set up
. Something else must be a problem.
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