Mercury Propellers has introduced a new four-bladed aluminum performance propeller for engines in the 25 to 125 horsepower range.
Named the Spitfire, the new prop provides “the best performance in the world of aluminum propellers” according to Mercury. The Spitfire is said to provide 25 percent faster acceleration from 0 to 30 mph than Mercury’s Black Max propeller, with no penalty in top-end speed.
The low-diameter, high-blade-area design was borrowed from Mercury’s top-of-the-line stainless steel Fury and Enertia propellers. Spitfire was designed from the ground up to be the best-handling aluminum propeller on the market, with an extra cup design coupled with a straight trailing edge – similar to cleaver propellers used on race boats. Together, they hold the water even in the tightest maneuvers.
“There’s a large segment of customers in the pontoon and freshwater fishing market who are comfortable with aluminum propellers but still want maximum performance from of their boat,” said Dirk Bjornstad, Brand Manager for Mercury Propellers. “Our research shows that these customers place a premium on fast time to plane and solid holding in turns. Our engineers delivered just that, while retaining the top-end speed that people have gotten from the Black Max.”
In addition to the standard Spitfire, there are also three propellers in the line designed specifically for the unique demands of pontoon boats. The Spitfire Pontoon models feature extra holding and lift to take pontoon boats to a new level of performance.
The Spitfire propellers for 40 to 60 horsepower standard gearcase engines are available now. The Spitfire Pontoon propellers will be available in October, with the 25 to 30 and 75 to 125 horsepower outboard propellers becoming available at the end of this year.
Click here to learn more about the Spitfire and see the introductory video.