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Ventura16 posted 02-26-2001 09:59 AM ET (US)   Click Here to See the Profile for Ventura16   Click Here to Email Ventura16  
Hi all, I'm a newbie to this forum, so please be kind ;-). I have a 2000 Ventura 16 which I used throughout last summer. It is powered by a Mercury 90 hp. with stock prop. I noticed that it seemed to take quite a bit to get the boat on plane, even with just one on board. With two on board, it would plane rapidly if the other person was in the bow, otherwise, it would struggle to plane. Once on plane, it seemed to take quite a bit of speed to keep it there. My Merc has power trim/tilt, and I needed to run it almost all the way in to achieve any planing success...with the motor trimmed out, the problem was worse. I also noticed quite a bit of torque-steer. I am contemplating trim tabs, but the transom of the V16 is pretty crowded...especially on the starboard side where there is a swim ladder that would have to be either moved or not used. The other alternative seems to be a Doel fin or similar or maybe a prop change.

I wonder if anyone else with a V16 or Dauntless 16 (same hull) has experienced similar problems. Any words of wisdom from you guys for a new Whaler owner?

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