Recently I met with Cutting Edge Propellers owner Greg Hittner. He and I attempted to get lunch at a favorite restaurant located at the 405 Freeway and Jamboree. However, we were either too far south or too far north—the only eateries in sight were a packed café and an empty Dim Sum restaurant.
We opted for the Dim Sum. While the meal didn't exactly fit the bill, the conversation was immensely satisfying. I brought Greg up to speed on how I transitioned from working at a detail shop in the 1980s to my days at Hot Boat and now Performance Boats. Greg told me about his devotion to personal service and how he makes his rounds around Southern California's marine shops, in the style of propeller legend Byron Bronson. He offered to take me by the foundry where his props are fabricated, located right next door to Wilkes Marine in Santa Ana, CA.
At the foundry, they were busy making a variety of products. Greg's props were off to one side of the shop, where they were about to be shipped to the polisher.
While they weren't pouring anything this particular day, they were waxing up several gates, which I photographed as they were being prepped to receive a coat of ceramic slurry. Greg told me that he's one of the few prop guys around who uses virgin stainless steel for his props—he doesn't normally get involved with any welded props. All of Greg's props are lab finished, and he can hand-deliver them to anyone in Southern California.
For more information, contact Cutting Edge Propellers at (949) 701-0900.