Lee Bradford sent us the email to the right. Lee is Captain of the
John Martin, a research vessel used for various projects by Moss
Landing Marine Labs in the Monterey Bay.
We had to repair the port prop a second time because the John Martin
found a large log in the middle of the Monterey Bay.
From: Lee Bradford [mailto:email@example.com]
February 03, 2004 8:54 AM
To: Steve Thomas
Subject: Re: Boat
The props worked great. After repairing the port prop the
second time (ouch!) we once again have no discernible
vibration from the running gear. This has not been the case
in the past couple of years so we are very pleased with the
PROP-SCAN based technology. I think we can safely say that
the boat has never run so smoothly and is most likely
quicker, but this last is hard to pin down as we did some
hull modifications at the same time that you trued the
props. Nevertheless, we are getting 18-19 knots at 1800
turns which is good performance on this boat as she is
presently configured. She is roughly 55X17 feet and
displacing 30 tons or so. The boat is running a little
heavy due to our having installed a flying bridge, mast,
A-frame, oceanographic winch and swim step since she came
into our possession.
I just wanted to let you know I took the boat out for a short ride yesterday and the prop worked great. I'll be taking it out for a longer ride this coming weekend to verify everything is OK. I made about 16kts at 3100 RPM which is where I should be. As far as WOT it made about 3650 RPM, same as the old prop.
Thanks for your great service! I appreciate working with someone that knows what they are talking about. I will pass along your shop name to anyone I know needing prop service.
Captain Paul Zahra
US Merchant Marine Officer
USCG Auxiliary Coxswain
The picture above shows Paul Zahra's boat in the slings. The email to left is from Paul.
June 18th 2006
The Email to the right is from another happy
customer; Jerry Brooks runs a "Six Pack" charter service out of the
Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor.
From: Gerry Brooks [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, December 12, 2005 2:45 PM
To: Steve Thomas
Subject: Re: Prop Assessment Submission
Hi Steve, thanks for getting back to me. The prop is
unbelievable. I gained 4kts at the same rpm I was normally cruising
at. Plus it smoothed out almost
all vibrations. Next year I think I'll put in a new prop shaft
also. It has some pitting starting to show, and I think thats where
the tiny bit of vibration I get is coming from. I couldn't be
happier. Your the man. If I could, I think I would make you a Saint.
I want to order up a back up prop also. I have the print out you
sent me, and when I'm ready I'll give you a call. Thanks again.
Captain Gerry Brooks
Reel Sportfishing Santa Cruz
Subject: RE: Prop Assessment Submission> Hi Gerry, How is the
boat running? How much speed did you pick up?
> Thomas Marine Propeller Inc.
|The above photo shows a propeller success story we are proud of.
The Captain of the Pacific Star (pictured at the right) had become frustrated because he was
unable to load his engine and was tired of "fixes and guess work" he
had experienced when working with other propeller companies in the
Bay Area. Thomas Marine Propeller took the time to listen and gather the information
that would allow our Prop Scan equipment to do the job it was
designed for. Captain John sent an email after sea trials and told
us that we are the only Marine Propeller Company he would recommend.
The Pacific Star at Gravelle's Boat Yard in Moss Landing, CA
Yes, we do high performance tuning
on stainless steel that gets results!!!
Since opening on June 15, 2003 we have done repair,
re-pitching, and welding on about *2324 Marine Propellers
ranging in size from 10" two blades to 74" four blades in Nickel
Bronze Aluminum, Manganese Bronze, and Stainless Steel.