Kipawa Trolling Motor Prop Review

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Scott85

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Thanks a lot now I got to order one. I duck hunt in place where you can only run trolling motors.


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Well guys, I got out for a couple of hours this morning. As you may recall I'm running a Minn Kota 55 lb. Endura on a 1648MV. I fish total electric 95% of the time. I don't troll. I move from place to place and fish anchored. With the wife and I and our gear the top speed on GPS with the stock prop is between 3.0 and 3.2 mph. With the new prop it was between 2.8 and 3.0 mph. Yep I actually lost top end speed a bit with this prop.
Why? Don't know. I've run the other prop since 2011 and the performance is very consistent. I ran off of 2 fully charged deep cycle batteries, same as always. There was no wind this morning so that wasn't an issue.
The prop ran smooth and seemed to have less vibration than the stock prop at speed. It has to be that my particular setup just doesn't benefit from this prop.
 

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I did not see any difference in top speed either - but I wasn't looking for that. The stock prop felt like it had an exponential increase in power output from about speeds 3 -> 7 and with the 3 blade the incremental power increase feels much more linear & there is more power put out lower in the speed settings (speed 2 is now useful on extremely calm days for creeping along the shoreline with the 3-blade vs the OEM prop.)

I didn't think anyone would be expecting a higher top speed by switching from a 2 blade to a 3 blade setup, even with the slight decrease in blade circumference.
 

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onthewater102 said:
I didn't think anyone would be expecting a higher top speed by switching from a 2 blade to a 3 blade setup, even with the slight decrease in blade circumference.

Why?
 

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Generally speaking fewer blades with props = higher top speed, I don't see why it would be different with an electric trolling motor.
 

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Then why do I see racing props with 4 blades instead of 3? Just an observation when I was looking for a spare prop for my optimax.

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Uhg, this does not handle milfoil well. Just got back from a weed choked pond that is overtaken with milfoil growing straight to the surface, and even an isolated stalk would choke up this prop.
 

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