I have a 2007 Bayliner 205, with 5.0 V8. I have no need for high end top speeds, as I usually don't have a need exceed 30-35 mph. Mainly cruise at 2500-3500 RPMs. No other reason that just comfort level for the speed and wind. The boat can easily reach 45 mph.
While underway, I mainly pull a towable, with 200-400 lbs of load, or a single wakeboarder. Lot's of starts/stops and speeds between 15-25 mph. I typically have 1000 lbs of people/gear on board (including those in the towable). I've read some threads that suggest that you may get more acceleration and overall fuel economy with a four-blade prop for these types of water sports, operating at lower speeds.
I have not made any upgrades to the engine, outdrive, or prop since purchasing new. Curious if anyone has upgraded a prop for performance/fuel economy, and the results. Is spending $400-800 on an new prop worth the investment?
I have a short season, so we only put about 50 hours a year on the engine.
I will be asking the dealer the same questions, but looking for some insights by other owners, just to be able to verify what the dealer tells me.