I bought a 2008 18' War Eagle 754LDV, with a 2008 mud-buddy 27 hp Kawasaki long-tail two years ago. The first season I had the boat it ran great, however I needed a new prop. We were unable to get the prop off to get it cupped.
Long story short, after the season was over, I took it to the local Mud Buddy repair shop, where they ended up replacing the shaft, new 9X7 prop and throttle cable. They had to replace the shaft cause the old prop was not coming off and the threads where gone and when they heated the prop up it melted the rear seal.
This past season, we had some minor problems with the RPM's and I placed a tiny-tac and got the RPM's adjusted properly and the motor runs and sounds great. However my speed of the boat is less than what it was before I had the work done to it. Throttle adjustments were made to make sure that was not an issue as well.
Before the work to the boat was done- With myself and two other guys, weight of 215-240 per person and all the stuff to duck hunt, we were doing around 22mph.
Now after the work with the same stuff as above and even a lighter blind frame, we will get 13-15mph max when on the water.
So my question is should I go with a different prop to get the speed I was getting before? Looking on Mud Buddy for my motor, they recommend a 9X7 prop. Or is there something else I may have overlooked?
Any words of help or wisdom will help greatly! Just want the boat up to par before the season gets kicked off!
Thank You for the help!