Jackplate

Discussion in 'Prop Shop' started by robertdb1, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. robertdb1

    robertdb1 Bradenton Beach, FL

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    OK, so 'll begin with the fact that I'm not sure if my ride is technically a microskiff.  It's a skiff, for sure, so humor me.  Here's my issue:  I broke the steering cable on my skiff this weekend, and I'm biting the bullet to put hydraulic steering on it.  I'm thinking about throwing a jack plate on it at the same time.  The engine I have on this 17ft skiff is a little on the heavy side.  It's a 70hp Johnson 4 stroke - it weighs something like 430 lbs.  So, before everyone tells me to get a lighter 2 stroke, because I know, I know , I know - I'm not willing to buy another engine.  So, here's the question: Will a mere 4" of setback make a big difference in weighing it's back down?  I could really use less lower unit resistence getting up - and when I'm trimmed up in the flats it just pushes my nose up if I try to trot a little.  I'm attaching a pic of the boat so you can see how it sits in the water.  Also, the make of the skiff is a Palm Harbor.  I've never heard of this make before - has anyone else?  Thanks in advance for any advise.
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  2. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    No real weight change with the jackplate.
    The Palm Harbor looks like a Sundowner copy

    Welcome to the forum   ;)
     

  3. robertdb1

    robertdb1 Bradenton Beach, FL

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    What about a 6" setback - could it handle it? I've been looking at CMC's and Bob's. Everything I've read says that Bob's is faster (the 4 " setback), but the CMC (6" setback) has the pump inside the jackplate for easier install. Any opinion?

    And thanks for the welcome.
     
  4. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    No preference, either one will do the job
     
  5. jimmypressley

    jimmypressley I Love microskiff.com!

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    I've had both on big boats in the past. On a Mako Bayshark I ran a CMC and on a 18 Action Craft I ran a Bob's. The Bob's is a faster response and IMO nicer unit. Noise, etc...

    Just my 2 cents... Bob's... I'm ordering one next week for my Gheenoe.
     
  6. n8ayala

    n8ayala I Love microskiff.com!

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    To the original guy with the Palm Harbour I am looking at buying one do they ride good in the bay? Do you think a 50hp yamaha will be fine?