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Plotman posted 10-09-2003 09:00 PM ET (US)   Profile for Plotman   Send Email to Plotman  
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?

kingfish posted 10-10-2003 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
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.

mustang7nh posted 10-10-2003 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for mustang7nh  Send Email to mustang7nh     
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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