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Are you experiencing a drop in RPM on your high-performance boat? Your propeller might be the culprit. Understanding propeller troubleshooting is essential for maintaining peak performance on the water. Here are five signs indicating fouling issues that could be impacting your propeller’s RPM:

1. Reduced RPM without Engine Changes

If you notice a decrease in RPM without any changes to the engine or throttle settings, it could indicate fouling. This sign often points to a propeller clogged with debris or marine growth.

2. Vibrations During Operation

Excessive vibrations during operation are a clear indicator of propeller issues. Fouling, such as tangled fishing lines or seaweed wrapped around the propeller, can cause these vibrations, affecting RPM.

3. Unusual Noise Levels

An increase in unusual noise levels, such as rattling or humming, could signal fouling problems. Inspect the propeller for foreign objects or damage that might be hindering its performance.

4. Sluggish Acceleration

Fouling can lead to sluggish acceleration, impacting your boat’s ability to reach optimal speeds. If you’re experiencing delayed acceleration despite full throttle, it’s time to inspect the propeller.

5. Decreased Fuel Efficiency

An unexpected decrease in fuel efficiency could be linked to fouling issues with the propeller. When the propeller struggles due to fouling, it requires more power, resulting in increased fuel consumption.

Conclusion: Addressing Fouling Issues for Peak Performance

Maintaining a high-performance boat involves regular propeller maintenance and troubleshooting. If you’re encountering reduced RPM or any of the mentioned signs, promptly inspect the propeller for fouling issues. Clearing debris, cleaning the propeller, or seeking professional assistance can restore optimal RPM and performance.

In summary, understanding the signs of fouling issues affecting your propeller’s RPM is crucial for ensuring your high-performance boat operates at its best. Keep an eye out for these indicators and address any fouling promptly to enjoy smooth and efficient sailing experiences.

PropGlide® provides a highly effective solution to address propeller problems caused by fouling. PropGlide® specialized product is designed to prevent marine growth from adhering to propellers, significantly reducing fouling-related issues and their impact on propeller performance.

PropOne Vs. PropGlide

It is widely accepted that a build up of marine life on the surface of a boat’s propeller and drive shaft negatively impacts engine efficiency and performance. Even if the prop has a thin layer of growth on it’s surface area, fuel efficiency is reduced by a significant amount. To counter this problem, engineers have turned to developing “super-slick” coatings. When the drive is engaged, and the prop begins to move, any organisms attempting to adhere to the prop simply slide right off! No chemicals are used to poison or kill the organisms in the environment.

How do PropOne* and PropGlide compare?

Which coating gives you the most bang for your buck?

PropGlide is much newer to the market than PropOne, but has been in development for over ten years. Being new to the slick coating market, PropGlide appears to be able to avoid slipping into the same ruts that their competitors have. The biggest obstacle for PropOne is the cost. Comparing the two products at price point, PropGlide is about 30% less expensive and offers 25% more product. That’s 2 strikes for PropOne right off the bat. PropOne is available in the following sizes: 1000mL, 500mL, and 250mL. On the other hand PropGlide offers a size larger than PropOne’s 1000mL and still manages a lower cost. Also PropGlide offers a size smaller than PropOne’s 250mL for sailboat owners who don’t need the larger quantities of product. (For more information on choosing the right size of PropGlide, see this Coverage Chart.)

In terms of performance, both slick coatings are equally good. They do the job and do it well. It is too early to say which product will outlast the other in the minds of consumers. But for right now, we recommend PropGlide as opposed to PropOne. The savings alone makes PropGlide worth every penny.





*PropOne was formerly known as PropGold. It is essentially the same product, just a different brand name.

**This PropOne review and PropGlide review is the sole opinion of BottomPaintStore.com

***Above PropOne prices and PropGlide Prices are based on internet web search December 2016.

Propspeed Vs. PropGlide

Propspeed ReviewFoul Release Systems Like Propspeed and PropGlide provide the best solution to keeping growth of your props and running gear. While these are not antifouling prop paints, they do keep the growth off buy creating a super slippery surface that the marine growth cannot stick to. Propspeed recommends that their kits by applied by a professional Propspeed applicator. On the other hand, PropGlide is available for any DIY applicator and is 30%+ less and more product for the money. If you want to apply this yourself, be sure to follow the details in the respective application manuals.   You can find these on any of the Propeller Foul Release Kit listed on our website.
PropGlide is newer to the market, but been in development for over ten years, while Propspeed  has been available for many years and is the leading brand name in the market place. The biggest issue with Propspeed is the cost. Very expensive!  PropGlide is also expensive but 30% less than Propspeed. In addition, you get 25% more product with PropGlide , so be sure to get the right size. You might be able to use a smaller size kit with PropGlide  which could then save you over 50%! You can find the comparison on PropGlide’s web site: Propspeed Compared


Performance of both coatings has been comparable, with much fewer complaints about PropGlide   Either they are just newer in the market with less complaints, or they truly have improved performance. Time will tell. At this point we recommend trying PropGlide  as a Propspeed alternative – since there is comparable performance with Propspeed, the cost savings alone is worth it! And PropGlide offers a sailboat size kit making it affordable now for sailboat owners.

This Propspeed review and PropGlide review is the sole opinion of BottomPaintStore.com

Note: Propspeed™ is a registered trademark of Oceanmax. Bottom Paint Store is not affiliated with Propspeed or Oceanmax in anyway. Above Propspeed prices and PropGlide prices are based on internet web search October 2016 .