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Hank666 posted 09-15-2004 04:17 PM ET (US)   Profile for Hank666   Send Email to Hank666  
I have a 97 Conquest 23 w/ Merc 225. I purchased the boat used. Since I have owned the boat, it sits bow down regardless of amount of fuel, gear, water, etc. There are two other Conquests in the same marina which do not appear to have this problem. Does anyone know why this would happen. Is causing a minor problem with bilge not turning on as qucikly as if the boat sat level.

Thanks for the input.

Clark Roberts posted 09-15-2004 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Hank, if the other conquests have twin engines this may account for the difference in attitude. I have heard that the Conquest's weight distribution is best with twins and that extra stern weight is often added when powered by a single engine. Maybe others can clarify... clark.. SCN
David Pendleton posted 09-15-2004 11:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
This question came up some time ago, if I remember correctly. I think weight is your problem, if you want to call it that...

My Conquest 23 sits perfectly level--but there's a small-block V8 and a Bravo III outdrive back there. Much heavier than a single outboard, I'd say.


BW23 posted 09-16-2004 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for BW23  Send Email to BW23     
My 23 Con, single 225 sits the same way.

Bilge water runs fwd. and makes the problem even worse. I plugged the cuddy floor drain(way under the step) to prevent the slosh water from entering the cuddy.

Not sure you can do anything about it. Maybe add some 5 gal. buckets of water aft when not in use.

I just deal with it.

bsmotril posted 09-16-2004 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
When a Conquest 23 is sold with a single engine, there is a dealer installed ballast kit consisting of about 400lbs of lead that is also supposed to be installed. The boat was designed for the weight of twin engines and the ballast is needed to compensate when used with a single engine. BillS
Hank666 posted 09-16-2004 12:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hank666  Send Email to Hank666     
Thank you all for the great info!
diveorfish posted 09-16-2004 01:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
How does it underway with passengers on the stern seat?

My 23 outrage has twins and tends to be a bit stern heavy when loaded with fuel and passengers. I always have to run with the tabs down and the engines tucked in to keep the bow down in rough conditions.

bbrunner posted 09-16-2004 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for bbrunner  Send Email to bbrunner     
My 23 Conquest w/ single 225 sits level in the water and I usually run with the trim tabs down to keep the bow down. I'll check for the lead to see if that's keeping the stern down.
BW23 posted 09-16-2004 03:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for BW23  Send Email to BW23     
Mine is equipped with 1 large lead block on the battery shelf port side.
Who knows how much it weighs.

BW23 posted 09-16-2004 03:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for BW23  Send Email to BW23     
Mine is equipped with 1 large lead block on the battery shelf port side.
Who knows how much it weighs.

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