Getting To Know The Propellers of Your Yacht

Yacht props play an integral role in enhancing the sailing performance of the yacht which otherwise could be compromised even by the slight contributions by the environmental and operational factors such as sailing in the muddy or uneven waters, damaging the blades of the props; all these things negatively affect upon the health of the yacht. It is therefore important that you pay special heed to its maintenance especially upon using high-quality propellers. We often tend to ignore the importance of props for a yacht or we take them for granted but goes without saying that propellers which are of high quality, serve as a savior in many situations. There are many vendors or companies across Australia and around the globe who have been providing specialized services when it comes to repairing one’s yacht or enhancing its performance by incorporating high-quality propellers, to name a few.   

JBC Yacht Engineering has been in particularly doing good in this regard, it does not only help you manage your yacht in the best possible condition but also a dealer of the feathering hydralign propellers which work wonders when joined together with a yacht to vouch for the sustainable performance even during the rough patch of courses. It has been said that propellers must be taken very seriously as they do not only determine the speed of the yacht or boat but also, derive efficiency out of it. No two propellers are the same therefore to get desirable results from the yacht one must consider all factors into account such as engine power, gearbox ratio, cruising rate, waterline length, type of yacht, to name a few. This is the primary reason that one must be very cautious when it comes to picking up an expert for its yacht because it all goes down to right calculations and expertise when there’s a yacht and its propellers are involved.  

As yacht propellers are made of different materials hence it is imperative that you take aboard a propulsion engineer to guide you along the way especially when it comes to the material which is to be used. 

Bronze Alloy 

It tends to be tough as a prop but is subject to corrosion as well at the same time. Moreover, it happens to be heavier as compared to its counterparts such as stainless steel, titanium, and aluminum. When the yacht would hit the rock there’s a fair possibility that the bronze propellers would detach itself due to excessive vibrations, requiring the high-level repair at the operational end or maybe a complete replacement of the props.  

Stainless Steel Vs. Aluminum 

Now, this the question that many ask about whether to go for the stainless steel propellers or the aluminum one. Stainless steel one tends to be durable and could withstand the rough waters, collision with small rocks and loose objects in the water but its blades would not mingle much with the damage rather passing it onto the lower unit of the yacht in a spree of shifting the damage downwards. This is the only issue which makes it a slightly less lucrative option among the propulsion engineers. Aluminum, on the other hand, would sacrifice its blades in order to safeguard the lower unit of the yacht.  

Titanium Props 

This is a great advancement when it comes to yacht propellers, it does not only tend to be highly durable but also, stand tough against the tests of times. It happens to be extremely light but at the same time, super resistant and flexible which means that it can take the hit from the external objects with smoothness and flexibility and then retain its shape without letting the blades damage themselves. Though titanium tends to be expensive it comes to operational efficiency and sustainability then these are the best option available. Many military-grade submarines and boats are made of titanium material despite it being an expensive material, due to the lightweight and high flexibility it brings on the table.  

Last but not least, propellers are an important part of a yacht and its consistent performance but it is always the blade that does most of the work, therefore, one must focus more on the efficiency of the blade performance as it accounts for the performance of the propellers, 90% while the material has a contribution of 10% only, though it carries its own significance within that restricted domain.