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Old 26 July 2007, 05:39   #1
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correct height of outboard on transom

Ive got a very proven & tested combination of 5.4 searider & 90hp 2st Yamaha, but i fear ive upset its balance by putting fancy consoles & jockey seats on it.

typically with 60ltrs fuel in the main console and with a spare body as ballast on the rear jockey, i'm finding it very hard to trim up at speed without the prop losing its grip on the wet stuff, as the fuel goes down it does get better!!

Also if i intend to do a few tight turns I need to trim the whole way down to stop the prop losing grip.

The outboard is fitted on to the original points on the transom & unless i cut a section off the top of the transom it can not get any lower!! HOWEVER the cavitation plate is a good inch above the water at speed.

Is it worth me lowering the outboard to suit my setup or do all similar seariders suffer the same.
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Old 26 July 2007, 06:29   #2
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if this was me i would have a few bags of sand, say split into two bags for each bag of sand

you could put them on the boat and move them around, a bag of sand is around 1 in the diy places,

drive around moving the sand to different places etc

you can dump overboard any sand not needed and just thro in the bin the plastic bags

it might be that some ballast towards the rear might get things back how they were

worth a try for 5 worth of sand and a bit of time
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Old 26 July 2007, 07:41   #3
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5kg bags of sand in tesco 1.40 in nice thick plastic bags - exactly as hugh says tho - :-)
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Old 26 July 2007, 07:49   #4
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your probly right guys, only i live in Oxford trust me theres no bags & sand left!!
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i have a few for my flood defences here!!

nearly got caught out !
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Go to Wicks and buy a couple of 20kg bags of sand.
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only i live in Oxford trust me theres no bags & sand left!!
But when the summer arrives tomorrow everyone will be happy if you take a few of their hands.

Why does the room still look red? Are those rose tinted glasses still on?
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Old 26 July 2007, 12:51   #8
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your probly right guys, only i live in Oxford trust me theres no bags & sand left!!

If you're inclined to go and pinch some, at least you can use the Searider as a getaway vehicle.
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Old 26 July 2007, 16:00   #9
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i would not dare take them, the local tinkers have been taking the sandbags then they sold them back to the locals in abingdon.

any way does any one reakon i should lower the outboard on the transom to help me with the slip from the prop?
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Old 26 July 2007, 16:13   #10
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Ian, where is the cavitation plate in relation to the bottom of the transom?

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