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At Formula Propeller and Marine, we don’t simply sell and repair boat propellers, winterize, shrink wrap and store boats, we’ve perfected the craft. Our skilled team works together to ensure your propeller meets your specific needs and performance expectations.
We believe in what we sell.

We run our business with honesty, and integrity, which unfortunately is a rarity in the world today.  We don’t sell anything we don’t use ourselves and we won’t sell you something you don’t need.
We take time to educate our customers and offer creative solutions to their problems, not just a quick fix.  It may sound sappy, but we truly care about our customers, and we are committed to providing fast, professional and friendly service that keeps them coming back for years to come. That’s the Formula Propeller difference.

Our Name
Formula is not simply part of our name. Our business name actually reflects the philosophy we use when choosing propellers for our customers. First, we ask specific questions about how you use your boat and what your performance goals are, and then we recommend the perfect propeller based on the following formula.
Maximum RPMs = delivers horsepower = relates to propeller
Pitch = speed and overall performance 

Our History
Formula Propeller & Marine was founded by John Hesse, who sadly passed away on October 17, 2011.  John was a pioneer in the boat propeller industry and will truely be missed by his family, as well as many others. 
In 1972, John purchased his first bass boat and was not happy with the way it performed. After talking with several boat dealers, and finding no answers to explain the boat’s performance, he decided to seek his own answers. So, he got out the garden hose, and watched the water move over the silvery blade. He looked for the point where the water left the blade by observing the leading edge and the trailing edge. He took a couple of stainless steel propellers and modified them based on his observations. He tested his theory, and found that by making these modifications to the propellers, he increased the top speed of the boat by a surprising 12 miles per hour.
In 1976, John modified and rebuilt the blades of his first Chopper stainless steel propeller and started the super speed bass boat trend. John continued to carefully hone his craft while gaining customers, and grew the business exponentially.  Since then, Formula Propeller and Marine has become the largest propeller dealer in Minnesota.
Fortunately, his knowledge in the business was passed on to his wife, Linda, and their two children, Todd and Jodi, and we have all three decided, as a team, to continue growing our business.  We have always been and will continue to be family-owned with 40 years experience selling and repairing propellers. The bottom line, Formula Propeller & Marine is more than a prop shop. We are a propeller engineering shop, committed to exceeding our customers’ expectations and building longstanding relationships with our customers. 

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