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How many holes up - OR 22 & '91 Merc 200
|Author||Topic: How many holes up - OR 22 & '91 Merc 200|
posted 10-09-2003 09:00 PM ET (US)
I finally dropped my trailer tounge enough so that I could lower the motor all the way and see where the cavitation plate was in relation to the bottom of the boat - whoops. LHG was right - it looks like the top of the plate is a bit below a line coming off of the very bottom of the hull (I'd say close to 1/2 inch).
Does the "starting point" of 1.5" above the bottom apply to bigger engines like a 200 on a 22 as it seems to for smaller ones? - in my case that would be 3 holes.
Since I'm pulling the engine off, does it make sense for me to put a setback bracket in? If so, how much should I go back? 5", 8" or maybe just a set of spcaers?
posted 10-10-2003 09:22 AM ET (US)
So far as raising your engine is concerned, the answer to your question is, "yes". The only caveat is that if you go for 3 holes and don't already have a cupped prop, you'll probably want to invest in one.
I'll leave the other parts of your question to those who have experience with brackets.
posted 10-10-2003 09:58 AM ET (US)
mine is on third holes with no problems, a bit of cavitation in tight turns with the power on, but otherwise rides great. I have a Stiletto prop.
Never had a setback bracket. Personally, I'm wary of adding more weight to a bow light boat like an outrage. Not that the boat will be unsafe, but I've had a 20 that wasn't balanced well and my 22 which is and I can tell you the ride difference is huge. If I were to do it, I'd put a manual jackplate on which gives you about 4-6 inches of setback. Then you have the best of both worlds. Good luck.
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