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#1366016 - 06/13/09 03:37 PM Re: Middle tn boating help. [Re: mike243]
Rackseeker
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You can have a fiberglass repair shop add an appox. 3/4" lip on the back of the hull this will help with chime walk. Also if you have a jack plate make sure the motor is at the right height. You can also try a hot shot plate that mounts on the bottom of your jack plate, it is made by T-H Marine.
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#1366113 - 06/13/09 07:26 PM Re: Middle tn boating help. [Re: Rackseeker]
TNDeerGuy
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Couple of questions...what type of boat is it and on your jack plate where is the motor in relation to the plate(top/bottom/middle)

As far as the whale tail, Mercury does not recommend those especially on the higher HP engine as it can adversly affect engine and RPM's.

I had a severe chine-walk that at 65-70, I almost couldn't control the boat. I had the engine raised up on the jack plate near the top and then loosened the steering. What was happening was there was so much torque from the engine that the tightness in the steering was causing resistance and lead to alot of my problem and the prop was too far under the boat. The boat has almost no chine-walk unless I put pressure on the wheel against the torque.

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#1366130 - 06/13/09 08:09 PM Re: Middle tn boating help. [Re: mike243]
Asaltwpn1
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Where are you guys running 70 at?? So I can stay away. My friend was running around 55 when he turned, the boat didn't turn. He had a stick that got lodged and kept the boat from turning. Hit another boat and injured them all. So be careful while running these fast speeds.
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#1366204 - 06/13/09 09:50 PM Re: Middle tn boating help. [Re: mike243]
Baxter83
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 Originally Posted By: mike243
glad i dont have that problem out of the pontoon \:\) ,i hate going fast on the water,my unckle in smithville use to scare the crap out of me ,id just close my eye's & think about catching a big bass \:\) ,mike243


I've never seen a bass that can swim 70 mph!! \:D That's what my dad always told me.

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#1366749 - 06/14/09 04:48 PM Re: Middle tn boating help. [Re: Zeek]
J Hartman
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 Originally Posted By: skee-bob-em
I know what you mean I never realized I could hold on to a seat without my hands until I was driving my boat for the first time I just dont seem to "feel" it yet everyone says the feeling will just come well by golly it better be a strong feeling because the feeling in my stomach caused by "the walk" is an awful strong one



Oh yessss sir, it's more that possible to pinch a seat with both hands on the wheel... :-)

Justa little fyi
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#1367528 - 06/15/09 07:42 AM Re: Middle tn boating help. [Re: J Hartman]
Headhunter
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Registered: 11/14/00
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Skee, a friend of mine is as good as it gets when it comes to driving a fast bass boat. He was most of the R&D team as far as on the water work goes for Stratos for many years and he helped many over the years. One guy bought a bullet with a 225 and he could not drive it. My buddy had never driven a Bullet but he went to the lake (I got to go to) and we all got in and he ran it just enough to get a feel for it, and then he asked the bullet owner if he was ready and he ran it up to over 80 mph without batting an eye.

I do not know if you are close to Nashville, but my friend (I am not sure, sometimes he does not have time for me, wife and kids changes much about life, but he might be able to help) or my brother may can help, he knows about boats to.

He told me to first BE CAREFUL (I ran a 17-1/2' BMC with a 150 hp Johnson that topped out at over 70 mph and you had to drive it, it took me a over a month to figure it out) but when you do it is like riding a bike, you wonder what the problem was. I remember the movement in the steering wheel and it is a whole lot less than you think. One thing to watch out for more than anything is what I would call sleeper waves. Sometimes you can be running and swear the lake is as smooth as it gets or there is a light chop that hides some waves and when you hit those waves you did not see, it can get interesting.


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#1368069 - 06/15/09 03:15 PM Re: Middle tn boating help. [Re: Headhunter]
Zeek
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I am in nashville and would be glad to pay him for his time
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#1368070 - 06/15/09 03:17 PM Re: Middle tn boating help. [Re: Zeek]
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Just shoot me anyones name in a pm would love to talk with them about this and maybe meet at the river
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#1368099 - 06/15/09 03:47 PM Re: Middle tn boating help. [Re: Zeek]
Headhunter
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Skee, I will talk to my brother and my friend. My brother just got home from the Bassmaster elite in Iowa, but he may have time this week. My friend is not working right now so he may be interested. I will let you know.
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#1368928 - 06/16/09 07:05 AM Re: Middle tn boating help. [Re: Zeek]
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Everyone has given you great advice. The best I can give is you just need seat time. Just be patient it will come. Get the boat to wide open throttle and start making small adjustments on up trim. it will take some time to get the feel of what the boat wants to do once you get it up on the pad. If the boat has hydraulic steering you may be over steering. It should just take small left adjustments to the wheel to keep it from falling of the pad.
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