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#1422363 - 07/25/09 09:36 AM Re: bullet boat owners [Re: Rackseeker]
Dr. Dickel
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I used to have a 20' Blazer with a 225 2.5L ProMax on it. No hydraulic steering...... It had a great amount of torque on the steering wheel, but it was not bad to chine much. Yes, you could "drive through it". It would run mid 80's. I've driven every length model Bullet and Norris Crafts. Some were set up properly (correct heigth on jackplate, right prop, etc..) and were not bad to drive and some were a real handfull. A 19' Bullet was the worst I ever drove. I drove 3 separate ones and they were all a fight from as soon as you trimmed enough to get it on the last stage pad to top speed. Trim angle at certain speeds means a lot (rooster tail no higher than the motor)to how bad some boats chine walk and an operator over-correcting the wheel to battle it only worsens it also. Like was mentioned earlier, small adjustments at a time is best.

In my older years, I much prefer to "ride" in a properly set up sled than to fight with a high-performance rig.
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#1425318 - 07/27/09 02:29 PM Re: bullet boat owners [Re: Dr. Dickel]
Zeek
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when you say drive through it please explain
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#1427231 - 07/28/09 03:39 PM Re: bullet boat owners [Re: Zeek]
Dr. Dickel
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Chine walking generally starts at a certain speed with a certain trim angle. Adjust trim angle down as it starts and speed up through it before you try and trim back up. Make MINOR adjustments to the steering wheel when trying to correct.

Some boats have been known to be made with uneven pad surfaces and have to be shaved by the manufacturer. That would be a pisser and the only way to cure one that bad.
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#1431250 - 07/30/09 01:09 PM Re: bullet boat owners [Re: Dr. Dickel]
Zeek
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I figured it out!!!!!!!!!!!! yeeeeeee haaawwwwwwwwww it took some time but now i feel it. shoot once you feel it you feel it and you can get on down the river
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#1431263 - 07/30/09 01:26 PM Re: bullet boat owners [Re: Zeek]
Winchester
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I've owned several bullets myself from 17 ft to 21 ft. Dickel gave you good advice. Most can be improved greatly when set up properly, and you can drive most any of them out of it with some experience, but fighting one all the time will wear you out, especially on long runs.
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#1431287 - 07/30/09 01:39 PM Re: bullet boat owners [Re: Winchester]
baddnole
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Glad you figured it out.Had a Gambler that would chime at 70 and no matter what you did it could not be corrected.Took 2 curved trim tabs{measured about 2 by 4 in aluminum} that can be mounted to the lower unit of motor to fight torque pull and mounted them on the last steps of the hull,the steps the boat rides on at high speeds--70 to 95 miles an hour.You can mount them with marine tex epoxy.No chime at any speed.
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