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Hydrofoil on "new Legend"
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posted 04-11-2004 09:50 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 04-11-2004 12:00 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 04-11-2004 12:55 PM ET (US)
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...
posted 04-11-2004 05:01 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 04-11-2004 05:23 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 04-11-2004 07:05 PM ET (US)
Thank you for your replies.........
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