At a Christmas get-together, two brothers, Brad Stahl and Eric Jochim, were talking about boating, waterskiing, and fishing. Each had an engineering background in a different field.
Brad held a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and Eric was a civil engineer out of Oregon State University.
Eric was spending too much time and money on his damaged propellers. Brad thought about the possible applications for an incredible new composite he was using on drone propellers. Neither of them realized that this would be the start of a project that would revolutionize the recreational-boat propeller market.
In February 1989, Piranha Propellers was formed and in April, the first parts were developed. By September, our propeller system was ready to go to market.
The Piranha Propeller is an American-made product. The design, tooling and product manufacturing are all performed in Jackson, California. Our aluminum extrusion comes from Southern California and our high-strength composites are manufactured in Winona, Minnesota.