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Salmon Tub posted 06-26-2003 05:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for Salmon Tub   Send Email to Salmon Tub  
Raised my outboard up one hole on the Montauk a few weeks ago. The engine clears the top of the transom by about 3/4". Cav. plate looks a bit high, but that is eye-balling it. Took it out this last weekend and was satisfied, no major, earth-shattering differences in ride, although, it no longer lists to port when on plane (prop torque) and seems to lose less speed when coming up on following seas. All in all satisfied, though it seems to be a bit louder (could just be me). Have not been able to try WOT, but it does not slip or break out on sharp turns. Anyway, i am happy.
JohnJ80 posted 06-26-2003 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I added a fin (Turbo Lift)- one that is more aft on the motor and it got substantially quieter. Like a lot.


Seawolf posted 06-27-2003 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Seawolf  Send Email to Seawolf     
Ditto - I have a 2002 13 Sport with 40HP Merc. Originally, I put a set of doel fins on which substantially improved the ride. After reading many posts about engine raising, I noticed that my av plate was even with the bottom of the keel and raised it two holes which put it up about 1.5 inches. Another great improvement. I notice a tinny type of vibrational noise at mid range, but not in turns. Maybe this is the prop piercing the surface a little. I'll try trimming down when that occurs. It usually happens at about the most efficient trim according to my gps, but not too often and I prefer to leave the engine at this height. BTW, with the usual load, I hit the bottom end of wot rpm's. 5000 out of 5000-5500. The boat hit's about 30 mph, wot, and is most comfortable to cruise at 20 mph in fairly smooth water. It's got the standard Black Max aluminum 3-blade prop 13X26. Any suggestions for a slight improvement, guys, to tweak it up a bit?
I run out of Port Everglades and just took my first "long ocean trip" about 23 miles down to Miami. Tres cool. Coming back was a ball buster because the chop kicked up and I felt every wave. That's the price you pay for a small boat, but I feel very safe with this good, solid boat under me.
BTW, thanks to all for your various advise. We all want to have fun and come back alive. I learned from you all to always wear my pfd, clip on the lanyard and clip on my handheld radio.
Salmon Tub posted 06-27-2003 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
Well, I will have to live with the noise due to my geographic circumstances. Going out is almost always into a 15-25 mph headwind, so the engine noise is less prevelant. Coming back, is a whole different story since at the right speed, you feel no air movement at all. That is when it is most noisy, simply because there is no air whistleing in your ears. I guess that is why I use a wool ski-cap when going out. I got sick of haveing red frozen ears.
Razmataz posted 06-28-2003 04:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Razmataz  Send Email to Razmataz     
Just a comment on the Montauk listing to
Port. The owners manual actually comments that
this boat is known for listing to port and suggest
that you place the transducer on the right as
it will act as a form of trim tab.
I bought my new in 86 and had a huge list to port.
After reading the manual I took it back to the dealer
who first argued with me until I told him to pull the
manual and he was surprised. Once the transducer
was moved to the right it alleviated the problem.
Jamie 20 outrage posted 06-29-2003 04:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jamie 20 outrage  Send Email to Jamie 20 outrage     
I know I am being stupid, but I am here to learn. In my mind, if the Port side is lower, wouldnt putting the transducer on starboard want to raise the starboard side, therefor increasing the low port problem?
Seawolf posted 07-08-2003 08:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Seawolf  Send Email to Seawolf     
Just a correction to my above post about prop size. The original prop was 10 3\8 X 14. I downsized to a 10 3\8 X 13. The boat now red-lines at wot. I feel a difference that the motor runs easier. However, since raising the engine, I sometimes hear a strange type of metallic rattling or vibration at certain rpm's. Everything seems tight, maybe this is the prop breaking the surface occasionally?

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