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Sal A posted 04-11-2004 09:50 AM ET (US)   Profile for Sal A   Send Email to Sal A  
Happy Easter everyone (to whom it applies)!

I am taking off the latter part of this week to take delivery of a Nantucket with a 115hp 4 stroke. Would you recommend installing a doel-fin, or the like, before delivery? The concern would be planing with a heavier load, and this potential fix seems a low risk-high reward,low cost, attempt to fix a problem I suspect may exist, but don't know for sure that it does.

Moe posted 04-11-2004 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Happy Easter to you too, Sal.

Get a few months experience with the boat, with both props before you put a band-aid on a rig that might not need one.
If you think you need additional lift at times, think about real trim tabs. But go at least one season before making that decision.

kingfish posted 04-11-2004 12:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I'll respectfully disagree with Moe on this one, at least in part. *Do* put it in the water and play around with it for a while before you add either a hydrofoil or tabs. It may be you need neither one.

If it turns out you do want something to help you get on plane quicker, and/or to help hold you on plane at a lower speed, it has been my experience (Montauk w/ 100 hp Mercury, Montauk w/ 90 hp Johnson, Outrage 22 with 225 hp Evinrude and 25'Seastar w/ 175 hp IO), that DoelFins are a very inexpensive alternative with good results.

On the other hand, if you find you want to gain the advantages I mentioned above and also want the ability to trim laterally for windage or off balance loading, tabs are the thing; They're about 10 times more expensive though...

Ventura16 posted 04-11-2004 05:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
I second kingfish's recommendation. I had great results from the Doel-fin on my Ventura's Mercury 90 2-stroke. Quicker and easier planing and the boat stayed on plane at a much lower speed. Considering that it only cost $25, it was probably some of the best money I ever spent on a boat.


JayR posted 04-11-2004 05:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for JayR  Send Email to JayR     
Doel-Fin gets 2 thumbs up from me as well.
It is not a band-aid fix it is an accessory that improves lift on all installations.
Sal A posted 04-11-2004 07:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
Thank you for your replies.........


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