Detroit-based Sharrow Marine is planning to launch an exclusive OEM Sharrow Propeller Boatbuilder Program using its Sharrow Propellers. The program is being unveiled at the IBEX marine trade show Sept. 28-30 in Tampa.
The program includes a comprehensive development package for each boatbuilder that will provide them with custom designed and custom-made Sharrow Propellers that enhance not just efficiency but also performance attributes that are most important to each boat builder, according to Sharrow.
Planing speed, handling at the dock, and faster speeds at optimum cruise are examples of the attributes offered by Sharrow Propellers. The Sharrow Marine engineering team says it will use its proprietary design and simulation capability to optimize boat hull, motor, and propeller interactions to give each boatbuilder an advantage over their competition.
The result is an optimized set of Sharrow Propellers for each boatbuilder’s vessels and motors.
“You can have the best motor or boat in the world, but the propeller is ultimately the device that transfers engine power and torque to the water,” says Greg Sharrow, founder and CEO of Sharrow Marine. “If you’re using an off-the-shelf cookie-cutter propeller on your motors or vessels you are simply leaving a massive amount of performance on the table.
“The optimized boat/motor/propeller package is the holy grail for the marine industry and now with the launch of our new OEM Sharrow Propeller Boatbuilder Program, boat builders and engine makers can obtain it.”
Sharrow says his propeller has undergone “extensive third-party testing,” including independent testing by BoatTEST.com. Advantages cited by BoatTEST and others of the new Sharrow Propeller include:
- More command of the vessel when docking.
- Planes at 500-1,000 lower RPM.
- Significant speed increase at mid-range RPM.
- As much as 30 percent more efficient between 2,500-4,000 RPM.
- Provides up to 30 percent greater range.
- Noticeably less vibration.
- Up to 50 percent more reverse thrust.
- Quieter at planing speeds.
- Superior handling in tight turns at high speeds.