Boat Speed Predictions
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There are so many factors that affect boat speed that it is hard to make accurate estimates of what the real top end will be. Mercury Marine uses the following formula to estimate potential top end, this calculator uses this formula.
The Square Root of (Total Shaft Horsepower / Weight ) x Constant = Speed
The constants have been developed from experience, and are as follows:
Some of the newer cats require an even higher constant than those above.
The calculator below uses the above formula. Plug in your info, and click "Calculate" on the item you want to compute. By using known values for the weight, power and speed you can come up with a more accurate constant for your boat. You can then see what effect changes to weight or power will have on top speed. Using the calculator in this fashion will produce surprisingly accurate results.
This information can be used to pick a starting point when propping out a new boat or engine combination. You can plug these results into the formulas on the Prop Slip page or use our Prop Slip Calculator and come up with a propeller pitch. Just remember there is no substitute for accurate testing!
If you don't have Internet access on your boat, Mercury has a neat slide rule that makes all this easy.