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Baseline posted 03-18-2003 11:57 AM ET (US)   Profile for Baseline   Send Email to Baseline  
With all the talk about jack plates on this forum, I though this might be of interest.
I found this link on ebay, the guy says he has (12) NEW Rite-Hite manual jack plates 8" setback; For Sale, NOT Auction. Buy Price is $200.00 shipping fix at $50.00, total of $250 is not bad at all for a new Rite-hite. I have no idea how many are left, but the ending date is Mar-24-03 06:00:00 PST.

Hope this helps another whaler owner find a reasonable priced jack plate.

Bigshot posted 03-18-2003 01:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
You can get 5" manual jackplates for about $150 at any marine shop like West or Boat US, etc.
lhg posted 03-18-2003 04:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Nick - You're not talking the same thing. The Rite-Hite is a nice, black painted one piece unit, with center threaded shaft for easy adjustment. You must be taking about the old style two piece units. No comparison in my book, and not worth the cost saving.
Bigshot posted 03-18-2003 05:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Barry posted 03-18-2003 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
Rite-Hite is made by RM Industries . It is a nice heavy duty unit. I have one on my Montauk. The 8" lists for $325.
Barry posted 03-18-2003 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
The price I quoted was for the 200M-8BL. The unit for sale on eBay is a 300M.
Hawaiian Bob posted 03-22-2003 02:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hawaiian Bob  Send Email to Hawaiian Bob     
Is this a good thing to have? I am running a 50 4 on a 20 transom. What is the value of raising it like bigfoot.
Barry posted 03-22-2003 03:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
The benefits using a jackplate, and as a result running the engine higher and away from the transom, include shallower draft and less drag. Less drag means faster and more fuel efficient.
mustang7nh posted 03-25-2003 08:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for mustang7nh  Send Email to mustang7nh     
In shopping for a jackplate for 200hp, I've noticed a large range in price. What are the specs you need to look for and can I get away with the 150 dollar one without running into problems? Thanks
mustang7nh posted 03-25-2003 08:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for mustang7nh  Send Email to mustang7nh     
I'm looking to put aluminum shims in behind the bracket to give me some more negative trim, do the shims cause problems for a manual jackplate? Thanks again
Baseline posted 03-25-2003 03:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Baseline  Send Email to Baseline     

There are a lot of good jack plates available, but you have to be careful. When installing a jack plate you have to consider that you are hanging a $7000 + piece of machinery several inches off the transom. If the jack plate fails the motor will end up in one of two places; on your lap or on the bottom. So I personally would not look at price alone.

In the $150 range, most of the jack plates will be two pieces, making them harder to adjust than a one piece jack plate. I have heard that is very difficult to adjust a two piece jack plate in the water. I would think it would be easier to adjust a two piece jack when the boat is on a trailer.

Most of the better jack plates are constructed of aircraft grade aluminum, 6061 T6 extruded aluminum alloy, or stainless steel. They range in thickness from 3/8” to ½” and most are rated for 200 to 300 HP. Some jack plates are welded aluminum plate and some are extruded aluminum angle; extruded aluminum being the better of the two, since they are less likely to fail. Some of the higher end manual jacks are all Stainless, for off-shore racing and are not even close to $150.00. I personally purchased the Rite-Hite jack plate it is completely over engineered. The Rite-Hite is ½ aircraft grade aluminum angle and box channel, bolted together with stainless steel fastens.

There is a product available that addresses both your issues of cost and negative trim. Bob’s Machine Shop makes a -- 4 In 1 Convertible Jacking Plate - MJ5 or MJ-8 at $195 and $205 respectively. The 4 in 1 jack plate is designed to do exactly what you are talking about. These jack plates give you a lot of configuration choices and costs about the same as a $150.00 jack plate and a wedge. The only down side is that it is a two piece design. The plus side is that everything I have seen or bought from Bob’s Machine Shop is very good quality.

I did check today and that guy selling the Rite-Hite Jack Plates still has 10 left, which surprised me. He did have a new URL, listed below.

mustang7nh posted 03-26-2003 08:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for mustang7nh  Send Email to mustang7nh     
Thanks so much for your help!

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