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ContinuousWave: Whaler Performance
posted 08-06-2002 05:01 PM ET (US)
whar does a stabelizer do?
how do I know if I need one?
am I spelling it right?
thank you: )
posted 08-06-2002 07:55 PM ET (US)
Howdy 11 Footer.
Not sure what you mean. When we talk about stabilizers we are usually talking about a liquid we add to our fuel to extend it's storage life.
You might also be talking about a hydrofoil, which attaches to the lower end of your engine to provide added lift so that you can plane at lower speeds and get on plane quicker and with less HP. Hydrofoils usually lower your top speed a little.
You don't need either, but each offers advantages to deal with particular problems.
Red sky at night. . .
posted 08-06-2002 08:44 PM ET (US)
I ment the one that goes on the lower end.
posted 08-06-2002 11:39 PM ET (US)
11 footer, I just put one on my 25hp Honda on a 13"er. Before I got on plane at about 16-17mph, now can stay on plane at about 11-12mph and without bow rising so much comming out of the hole. I didn't notice any loss of speed at cruise. My boat is heavier than most 13" Whalers, a lot of extras and custom wood add to my weight. I'm very happy with the results using the SE Sport 200 fin from Cabales, < $40.
posted 08-07-2002 06:58 PM ET (US)
On the other hand...
I have a "stabilizer" on a Honda 90. I can't see that it hurts anything ... but then I can't see that it helps much either! Ok - I might be able to stay on plane a little slower, but it's real marginal.
I've noticed two things is DOES do. The boat will not "blow out" (cavitate) on tight turns nearly a quick, and it works as an additional step when climbing in from snorkeling, plus it make trim adjustment more precise. ...oops, guess that's three things.
Come to think of it, maybe I'll leave it installed after all. I'm not SURE they may that much difference (in my case) though....
posted 08-07-2002 08:17 PM ET (US)
well I would be puting it on an 1990 15hp
merc and pushing an 11' sport.
Think I need one?
posted 08-07-2002 08:41 PM ET (US)
I think there is more benefit in knowing how to spell stabilizer than there is in having one.
Here is what it can do, and for only $25:
--produces maximum lift
That is one damn amazing piece of plastic.
If one can do all that, think of what two could do...
posted 08-07-2002 09:08 PM ET (US)
one last thing.
how do they do on?
posted 08-07-2002 10:46 PM ET (US)
They bolt onto your anti-ventilation (cavitation) plate, 11 Footer. All you need is a 1/4" drill and a couple of 7/16" wrenches.
Red sky at night. . .
posted 08-08-2002 11:52 AM ET (US)
Is there any benefit in knowing how to spell performance?
posted 08-08-2002 12:45 PM ET (US)
I was overcome with the wonders of what that little hunk of plastic could do for me!
posted 08-08-2002 12:52 PM ET (US)
By the way, I am not making up all those miracles that the DOL-FIN can perform for you. They are all listed in the little blurb in the catalogue from Cabala's. It gave me quite a laugh to see just how bold these guys are in ascribing benefits to their device.
Don't you think that after being in the outboard motor business for about 50 years that the guys at Mercury would be smart enough to add a few cents worth of plastic to their engines if they could legitimately claim improvements like that?
Or that the folks at Whaler, after developing hulls since 1959 and testing them with outboards, would automatically include one of these things with each boat they sold if the thing caused all those wonderful improvements to happen?
Am I the only skeptic here? And the most amazing thing is that people tell me that when this thing is installed correctly it ends up being run OUT OF THE WATER. Now that is a great device; it does all this stuff and it isn't even in the water anymore!
posted 08-08-2002 01:52 PM ET (US)
I shared your skepticism, Jim, until I actually installed one with the idea that it would sort of compensate for the extra weight of the new Suzi. I used the SE Sport 300.
The benefits I quote above are actual experience based on before/after GPS measurements.
Planes quicker, at lower speed and with less throttle (measured). Bow rides lower, boat turns quicker without blowout and pounds less(subjective).
I plan to put an SE Sport 200 on my Tender 11' with the Johnson 9.9 4 stroke after I get some figures and impressions of performance without it.
Downside? Lost .5mph at WOT, looks funny on the trailer.
Red sky at night. . .
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