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Eddie posted 04-04-2004 01:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for Eddie   Send Email to Eddie  
I stopped by local BW dealership yesterday to look over the new model Montauk.

I was asking the dealer about a cavation plate for the engine and he recommended a jackplate instead.

I will be fishing the bays of south Florida for reds and trout so would it be advisable to install a jackplate ?

InHerNet posted 04-05-2004 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for InHerNet  Send Email to InHerNet     
What engine are you looking at? 2-stroke or 4?
I have the 90 2-stroke without a jackplate and right now I don't see the need for one. If I were to purchase one I would go with the hydraulic over the manual. I am assuming that you want to raise the engine to run in shallow water. If not, then the position of the engine seems to be in the optimal hole for the performance I am looking for.

Running across flats at high speeds has always bothered me for some odd reason. I would hate to hit a submerged hard object that would damage the hull or engine, not saying that I havenít run across them before and I probably will do it again. A jackplate would just encourage me more.

My experience is that once you are in the flats a good trolling motor or push pole would be money well spent. For the extra money that would be spent on the jackplate I would consider an investment in a power pole.

Eddie posted 04-06-2004 06:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Eddie  Send Email to Eddie     
Thank for your help.

I will probably buy the 4 stroke engine.

The high speed thing in the shallows bugs me also. I just moved here from Houston and seems a lot of people wanted to run their boats at high speeds in "paper thin water".

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