The highly cavitation erosion resistant propeller alloys CuAl9Ni5Fe4Mn and CuMn13Al8Fe3Ni2 were arc sprayed with different traverse speeds by using a mixture of nitrogen and 2 % of hydrogen as atomising gas. Residual stresses were measured by the modified hole-drilling method using ESPI. Microstructural, chemical and mechanical analyses were realised to examine adhesive and cohesive properties. Additionally, the cavitation erosion behaviour was investigated. In comparison to coatings sprayed with pressurised air, the results of the study show superior coating qualities with regard to microstructure, cavitation erosion resistance and residual stresses.