Continued operation is key
Propeller protection has become a major issue with marine operators over the last few years, with continued operation of an outboard propeller key.
If a propeller is damaged while in use from objects in the water or rocks close to the shore line the loss of use can be costly, points out Prop Deflector's Chris Clayton.
This is the main area products have been developed for, with commercial operators driving the development. Now, however, the company is seeing its products used across the leisure marine sector, especially on safely boats and sea school operations.
“We were approached by a number of inshore rescue services to start with, looking to develop the old-style Prop Guards into a useable product, one which could take punishing use, while retaining boat performance, which is how we evolved the Prop Deflector products,” said Chris.
“Our guards have an all stainless steel construction that’s fixed securely to the outboard to provides an unrivalled protection from prop impacts.
“Each model produced is tailored to each engine/gearbox combination ensuring a balanced flow, combined with our unique formed aerofoil fin sections ensures the maximum strength for the minimum performance loss.”
And Chris pointed out that during trials with the RNLI, top speed was only reduced by two knots with manoeuvrability at low speed operation improved.
Further developments are now focused on the electric outboard market with a range of lighter smaller clamp fit models, that retain the strength and performance of the core product.
“We now have more than 90 Prop Deflector versions based on each engine/gearbox combination and with the move into hybrid and electric we believe this will add at least another 20,” noted Chris.
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