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.