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Mark your calendars for September 29!!

Join us for two half-day educational sessions in Tampa, Florida on Monday 29 September, 2014.

Successful Pre-construction Propeller Selection

» Morning session 8:30am-12:00pm
» Registration at 8:00am
Documenting & Troubleshooting Post-delivery Performance
» Afternoon session 1:30pm-5:00pm
» Registration at 1:00pm

What is the Propeller Mini-Workshop?

The Mini-Workshop is a special version of HydroComp’s intensive Propeller Workshops for those involved in the design, construction, and operation of boats. Two different easy-to-follow half-day sessions will speak to Successful Pre-construction Propeller Selection and Documenting & Troubleshooting Post-delivery Performance.

Who should attend the Propeller Mini-Workshop?

The Mini-Workshop was developed for anyone involved in the design, construction, operation, or management of workboats and pleasure craft, as well as for suppliers of propulsion equipment. The workshop is ideal for:

  • Naval architects and designers,
  • Boat builders and repairers,
  • Owners and operators,
  • Propeller builders and distributors, and
  • Engine and transmission companies.

Attending or Exhibiting at IBEX?

No problem! Attend one session and still have time for set up. Just pick the session that is best for you.

What is the curriculum?

The two half-day seminars will focus on topics for pre-construction design and post-delivery operation:

  • Successful Pre-construction Propeller Selection (including principles of marine propulsion and initial propeller sizing)
  • Documenting & Troubleshooting Post-delivery Performance (including boat test analysis and troubleshooting propeller problems)

See the Curriculum agenda below for more details.

Can I attend both sessions?

Of course! Register for both sessions and receive a discounted registration and complimentary lunch.

Is this software training?

The Propeller Mini-Workshop is not software training. Computers are not used by participants during the sessions. However, the instructor will use the HydroComp PropExpert® software to illustrate how some of the concepts and principles are applied in computer software.

Course materials

Participants will receive a course workbook.

About the presenter

The workshop is conducted by Donald MacPherson, HydroComp’s Technical Director. A frequent speaker to conferences, technical societies and trade groups, Mr. MacPherson is a graduate of Webb Institute and author of many noted journal articles and technical papers on ship propulsion and propeller performance. He is also the Instructor of Naval Architecture in the Ocean Engineering Department of the University of New Hampshire.

How do I attend?

The HydroComp Propeller Mini-Workshop (Florida) will be held in Tampa, Florida on Monday, September 29, the day before the start of the IBEX exhibition and conference.

To ensure personal attention, the Workshop has been limited to twenty participants per session. Register now to reserve your place.


The Propeller Mini-Workshop (Florida) will take place at the Aloft Hotel Tampa Downtown, Tampa, Florida, tel: (813)898-8000. Additional details will be provided after registration.

Cost and registration deadline

Cost to attend is $249 per individual session, or $399 for both sessions. Deadline for EARLY DISCOUNT registration is September 5. Payment is required to reserve your space. Facilities are reserved to accommodate a limited number of participants; therefore all payments are non-refundable. A late registration charge will be applied after September 5.

For more information, please contact
HydroComp, Inc.
13 Jenkins Court, Suite 200
Durham, NH 03824 USA
Tel: (603)868-3344
Email: sales [at] hydrocompinc [dot] com

Don’t delay! Space is limited. And, tell a friend



To Register

1. Print out the registration form.
2. Fill in the information and payment details.
3. Email it to us.
4. A registration confirmation will be sent to you.

Click here for the registration form!


Successful Pre-construction Propeller Selection

» Morning session 8:30am-12:00pm
» Registration at 8:00am

Principles of marine propulsion

This is where participants are reacquainted with the principles of marine propulsion for inboard propellers for boats. Includes:
» Propulsion system relationships;
» Influence of the engine;
» Performance of propellers;
» Definition of propeller characteristics.

Propeller sizing

This topic discusses the successful sizing of a propeller’s principal parameters (diameter, pitch, blades, blade area), and proper matching to engine and gear ratio. Includes:
» Selecting the proper propeller style;
» Considerations of engine performance;
» Influence of cavitation and hydroacoustics;
» Achieving a successful propeller sizing match to the boat, engine and transmission.

Documenting & Troubleshooting Post-delivery Performance

» Afternoon session 1:30pm-5:00pm
» Registration at 1:00pm

Analyzing boat test data

Appropriate evaluation of boat test data can illuminate how the boat is really performing. We will follow the story of a boat that did not perform as expected to see how information from a boat test can be analyzed to expose what really is happening. Includes:
» Analysis-friendly boat test data;
» Conducting an “overload” test;
» Comparing propeller and engine power;
» Identifying system efficiency;
» Confirming cavitation.

Troubleshooting propeller problems

Many of the most common inboard propeller problems have solutions – but you first need to identify the nature of the problem. We will review common problems and their potential solutions, as well as look at a case study that illustrates how most propeller problems are not actually caused by the propeller. Includes:
» Engine loading;
» Nozzle and propeller thrust breakdown;
» Cavitation;
» Effects of high shaft angle;
» Noise and vibration;
» Propeller singing.

Tell a friend about the 2014 Propeller Mini-Workshop (Florida)!