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First, I only speak for East Cape on the sales side, and only recently at that. I don’t make these decisions.Atlas Micros are turds. I’ve had over 50 skiffs in my shop since I started my pickup installs and every single one was sloppy, broke off the transom, burned up actuators, even the latest one was brand new and sounded like a dying cat even after lubrication. I wouldn’t even install an Atlas Micro on Finnegan’s skiff if he had one…but East Cape and others will still install them knowing they have a historically terrible reliability record? They are just a bad design and many out there with machining tolerances up to 1/4” off! My last client had his break off the transom on the highway and grind off half his prop and part of his compression plate. Not the first and won’t be the last. Y’all have seen the photo, I had the actual East Cape Lostmen in my shop just last week. (Hell no I didn’t mount that compression plate I just trimmed it to even it out after being ground off on the blacktop…haha)
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But I do know this: We have looked high and low for a replacement to the Atlas Micro. There are exactly zero out there that are commercially available, and can guarantee stock, much less have any history. I spent an entire day at iCast this year on jack plates. The skiff market is simply too small for most manufacturers to tool up a new product for.
Tyler has one of these. One. The HMP Jack Plate is not currently a solution. It’s unreasonable to suggest that we are doing a disservice to our customers when there are no viable alternatives.
Edit: The Bob’s Micro has a max rating of 40hp for 4 strokes. (50hp for 2 strokes)
The ONLY other option is the 4” Bob’s Versa that is rated up to 300hp and weighs 42# as a gear driven unit and 53# as hydraulic.
So, given the options, you can -
run a Bob’s Micro and 40hp on your skiff
install a heavy, overbuilt product on a skiff most people are trying to save 15# on at every step of the build (and have been notoriously difficult to get)
no jack plate
Maybe buy one from HMP. Maybe. And maybe the company makes it long enough to warranty. (I hope he does)
Or take a chance on Atlas. Most of them don’t break.
No great options.
If anyone is looking to make a profitable investment, you might hit Tyler up and help him grow the business.