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Sal DiMercurio posted 06-05-2003 07:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for Sal DiMercurio   Send Email to Sal DiMercurio  
If your running your boat on a river or lake or something other then the ocean, raising your engine to maximum height for speed & performance wont help you in rough waters like the ocean.
In most cases by raising the engine, it adds rpms allowing you to twist more pitch in your prop to get the rpms back down & more speed.
But engines that are raised to max don't do well on the big lake [ the ocean ] because they have the tendency to ventilate or lowout much easier.
So the moral is, if your planing on an ocean trip & your set up for speed on the river or lake, your best bet is to lower your engine back down a hole or 2.
#1..... 99% of the time you can't run more then 2/3 trottle on the ocean anyhow, & mom nature wont allow you to put the hammer down, so a highly raised engine will work against you by blowing out in real sloppy water.
Just thought i'd pass that on as i'm lowering mine back down 2 holes for the rest of the summer, because my boat will be on the ocean until November fishing Salmon & Albacore, also dropping down 2" in pitch just for the ocean.
I might get 1 or 2 days on the ocean [ fishing 3 - 4 days a week ] when I can run at wot, so having it setup for speed while on the big lake is a waste of time.
On the ocean you need all the bite you can get with little chance of blowing out in lousy water, so the speed thing is no longer needed until the middle of November when I bring her back home.
Capt_Tidy posted 06-05-2003 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Capt_Tidy  Send Email to Capt_Tidy     
Sounds like a good reason for a platform/setback with vertical hydraulics?
DaveS posted 06-06-2003 03:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
Nice words of wisdom. I have to wonder, however, if there was some story behind the post...I've aways loved your tales of the sea!

Thanks again for the advice, it was something I've never thought about.

From one coast to the other...


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