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Wood vs carbon dd caddy

Post by duckhunter1984 » Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:03 pm

I have been told by two people that a wood prop will push harder that a new carbon prop.... I have a wood prop now on my dd 350 now I'm switching to a caddy 500 and am getting ready to buy a prop .... I was leaning towards a whisper tip but will wood push better? Thoughts??

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Re: Wood vs carbon dd caddy

Post by swampfox » Mon Dec 15, 2014 7:18 am

Wood props push real good. I will not disagree. But compared to a whispertip wide blade, it will outperform it n every aspect. IMO
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Re: Wood vs carbon dd caddy

Post by Striker543 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:50 am

Putting a 3 blade H on my old man's boat when they were first getting popular ten years ago really woke the boat up. The performance was night and day compared to the wood paddle we had on there.

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Re: Wood vs carbon dd caddy

Post by digginfool » Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:10 am

You should talk to KoreyC. (include the 'period' on his username). He just switched to a bowtie Excalibur on his Caddy boat and loves it.
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Re: Wood vs carbon dd caddy

Post by sidejobs » Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:52 am

Do a search under prop talk. Lots of good info.
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Re: Wood vs carbon dd caddy

Post by Olf Art » Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:09 pm

Other advantages, in addition to the fact that the Whispertip is infinitely adjustable, are that it will be impervious to moisture
compared to the wood prop, and lighter. A lighter boat is always good, and a lighter prop will also be easier on that 'ol
Caddy engine's rear main bearing.

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Re: Wood vs carbon dd caddy

Post by WhirlWind Propellers » Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:58 pm

The wood vs. composite adjustable propeller question has been asked a number of times. Here's a similar thread from 2011/2012:
https://www.southernairboat.com/phpBB3/ ... ilit=+wood

And an excerpt of my reply:
Material substrate has nothing to do with imparting momentum on the surrounding fluid medium. In other words, the air doesn't know if you have a wood prop or a composite propeller. But, there are a number of advantages to composite propellers.

Composite propellers offer improved Durability, Safety, Longevity, Balance, and Adjustability. With adjustable pitch, you have the choice to set up for max thrust at full throttle, or to increase the pitch if you want to lower your cruise RPM for even better fuel efficiency. And, if you ever make changes to your engine, you can typically adjust the prop to match.
In theory, you could get lucky and have a perfectly sized/pitched wood propeller for your engine's RPM and HP, but it doesn't happen that often. And, as I noted above, there are many other advantages in spending the additional money on a composite adjustable propeller.

For your dd caddy, your best choice is our 2-blade 72" Whisper Tip propeller for $1690, or the ultimate no-compromise 4-blade 72" Excalibur propeller for $2290. Either one would most likely out-perform your wood propeller in every way.

Please feel welcome to contact me anytime with questions. Best to you.

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Re: Wood vs carbon dd caddy

Post by Olf Art » Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:02 pm

I've missed Whirlwind's comments on here, Patti. Hope y'all have a blessed Christmas. :)
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Re: Wood vs carbon dd caddy

Post by WhirlWind Propellers » Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:05 pm

Yes, sorry. Having a 1 year old takes up much of my evening time that used to be spent online. I've missed the time to get on SA as well. I hope everyone knows they can always call or email me with questions.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Re: Wood vs carbon dd caddy

Post by SWAMPHUNTER45 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:05 pm

No comparison! My NGQ pushes like it has 4x4

Don't listen to anyone who says a composite prop is no good on a DD Caddy, that's bad data!

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Re: Wood vs carbon dd caddy

Post by duckhunter1984 » Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:12 pm

I ordered a 72" whisper tip last week. It is supposed to be here Friday!!! I have my new caddy 500 motor on my boat. I am excited to hop in my big 18x8 footer with the new engine and prop....should be a lot different than that old 350dd!!!!!! Thanks Whirlwind for your help.

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Re: Wood vs carbon dd caddy

Post by SWAMPHUNTER45 » Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:12 pm

Good luck Duck!

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Re: Wood vs carbon dd caddy

Post by duckhunter1984 » Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:20 pm

SWAMPHUNTER45 wrote:Good luck Duck!

Thanks!!! :o

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