Continuing with our series on modern small houseboats, this article features the beautiful houseboat project called pavilion ahoy. The use of of the warm wood flooring and walls create a consistency flow throughout the small houseboat. Starting with one end of the Arkiboat, we have the kitchen and living room all rolled into one space. Between the living room and the master bedroom lies a second bedroom and the bathroom area. Looking at houseboat propellers, how many blades, or what material, makes for the best prop?
I have the same boat and I use the RHC Props and they provide the best control in turning and backing up I have ever used. Being a wooden boat builder and also owning and living on board my 47 foot house boat I am often asked why my houseboat is so maneuverable.Well it took a bit of time and patience, but this is how I achieved it.
Thesayboat modern houseboat - design milk, Have you ever daydreamed of selling all of your worldly possessions and buying a boat or had that romanticized notion of living on a houseboat, having the.
Featuring a 323 sq ft boathouse designed by Drew Health of Arkiboat, it is a fine example of how a small space can be made to feel bigger by rethinking the traditional structure of a house. All the kitchen appliance has been carefully layer on the wall to free up more space for the people. Similar to how the living room was designed, we have sliding doors here that opens to reveal the beautiful seascape and the illusion of a grander space.  Storage is also plentiful here by installing cabinets and shelves below the bed.
I have seen many houseboats that have had serious engine damage, often causes by lugging an engine, with a prop with too much pitch.

This is a topic I'm very interested in because I need to replace the props on my 38' Holiday Mansion. The design created many openings within the interior that allow a non obstructed view of the surrounding sea view. The sliding doors easily reveal the beautiful landscape that surrounds the entire houseboat. You probably have heard many folks say that they will just throw a bigger pitch prop, because they will never rev the engine above 2500 or 3000 rpm. They are great in forward, narda in reverse, so off they went and a set of high thrust props replaced them giving a much greater response.
I tried getting a quote from your RHC prop folks but after one email requesting additional information from me they've not gotten back to me.Any other suggestions would be great - but the Holiday Mansion has a planing hull (with twin Volvo 225D sterndrives). This not only fulfills the designer’s philosophy but also makes the space feels much larger than it really is. They presume that they will get better gas mileage and better performance, however the damage is being done even if your running at 1000, 1500, 2000, 2500, or 3000 rpm.Personally, I would stay with your 3 blade prop, however I would do a little testing. The guy sold me a Bravo 2, but installed a Bravo 1, what do I do?What size prop will work for me, and should I go down the road and get a Bravo 2. Although this improved the boats overall performance both forward and reverse, it was and still is sluggish in reverse.However I got sneaky when it came to maneuvering in and out of tight spots by fitting a 56lb electric trolling motor in between the pods, which was a third the price of a stern thruster and can be used indefinitely. You would first want to verify your engine manual, or read the specification sticker on the engine itself to see what the manufacturers recommended WOT range is.
When I move forward, the boat will turn on a dime.It was told to me that I replace my 3 bladed propeller, with a 4 bladed prop, I would solve the reversing problem.

On inboard engines, it could be in the 4000 - 5000 RPM range, and on outboards, will often be in the 5000 - 6000 rpm.If you have access to a GPS, this is a great tool also to use while verifying the WOT as you can take note of the speed that you're achieving. We have to remember that we are talking about a heavy, slow moving, non-planing hull, that have will always have less performance in reversing out of a slip.Now will you see any real improvement in changing to a 4 blade propeller, personally I have never seen any real world performance difference when I have tested non-planing houseboats with a 4 blade model. Now your mileage may vary, but I think there is other things to look at first.You should a good look at the present condition of the prop that you have now.
And if we look at the material choice for propellers, stay with aluminum as it is easily and cheaply repaired, and doesn't cause as much damage should you touch the bottom :(Now, if we start off by looking at the basics of what is involved in having the best prop on your boat, we have to understand what's really happening.
The engine(s) has to be able to achieve the manufacturers recommended RPM (revolutions per minute) and WOT (wide open throttle) range. I have also found that even though the propeller hub is stamped 16 x 11, and the propeller has previously been rebuilt, I would do a diameter and pitch comparison against a new 16 x 11 prop. I have seen prop shops that rebuild damaged props, and they come out looking good, but they don't match the original specs. The correct propeller on a boat is vital and is the heart of the propulsion system.After many years of personally playing with different props and blades, the simplest solution for displacement barge style, full hulled house boats has always been to put the largest diameter propeller, with the correct pitch to allow the engine(s) to reach the recommended WOT. No disrespect to prop repair shops, it's is just that the good ones are getting harder to find. Go ahead click the book and sign-up, it's free and filled with great articles, tips, information and website updates.

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