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Old 22 November 2004, 20:08   #1
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low water pickup

What exactly are they? There seems to be one type which is a hydrodynamic fairing for the lower leg - the other just seems to be a pipe and scoop - how are they fitted and where is the scoop mounted?

Will prob need one for my jackplate.

Also are water pressure gauges normally fitted or are they special order items???
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dunno - an eckzpert did have some advice here
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yes very helpfull..............
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there is two differant ones that i know of one is for fairing the leg in and making it cut the water better to reduces the drag. i don't think that one is for picking up water. i believe it is more for i/o setups?
The other is for picking up water. it is welded on and than faired in with epoxy. the hose coming out is for the water to run back up to the engine.
we use one on our rescue boat with the jackplates and is a must if you want to use the jack plate to its full potential. for running the water pressure you put a fitting in the head of the engine itself thru a hole that is already there. it is really quite simple. our boat cost about 400 cad to do the lower units
I will try to find pics if you want them
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What exactly are they? There seems to be one type which is a hydrodynamic fairing for the lower leg - the other just seems to be a pipe and scoop - how are they fitted and where is the scoop mounted?

Will prob need one for my jackplate.

Also are water pressure gauges normally fitted or are they special order items???
Jackplates are expensive and usually not needed on leisure boats - firstly do REALLY need one? They are one more thing that can go wrong, the least of which is blowing your engine up!

A transom pickup is easier but you'll have to deal with a big pipe going into the cowling and if you dry the boat out and get mud in it there will be trouble. A low water gearbox pickup gets its water from the point of the gearbox and needs to be fitted by an experienced RACE marine engineer.

As Eksrae says guages are an extra guage although Optimaxes may have a display available but I would still fit a seperate one.

Bottom line - is all the above worth it for 3-4 MPH top end and potentially a lot of hassle and a lot of expense?
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Thats much more like it - thanks for that both of you - yes I am now committed to getting the transom jack - reason being I NEED the 10" setback as the rear seats now in place!!!

Some piccies would be much app. but I get what you are saying. As to the 3-4mph extra top speed not that important but throttled back a bit I may save a bit on fuel - the less Tony gets out of me the better!!!
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...and this DAY TIME ROBERY

Check these prices out

http://bobsmachine.com/bigfoot3.shtml $125 + carriage (by USPS will be about $40-50) total in pounds about 80!!!

and now 199+vat and carriage I suppose on top (OVER about $400!!!)
http://www.steeldevelopments.co.uk/Performance_Products.html

and now people wonder why we buy products from the US.

This is the proof and serves them right. And if you think I was about to buy one from here!!! (just the cone to the unit)
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.....and I've got more


Just the cone from the US $19.95 (about 9.50), Steel developments 35!!!!
and shall I start talking about props??

Whatever you see in pounds is in USDollars at least!!!

The phrase RIP OFF BRITAIN comes to mind
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One thing you MUST realise Manos - the ONLY stuff that is cheap is stuff actually MADE in the US - the is stupidly strong against the $ at the moment. Also as soon as something hits our shores about 20% in tax and duty will be added!!! Now that IS a rip off!!!

The reason the $ is so weak is because the USA is in a shit state financially - their national debt is totally out of control and Bush and the war is making things a lot worse - there is only so long you can keep running on overdraft before nobody will lend you any more money. If the Yanks aren't carefull they are heading for a major collapse which will make the 30s look like small change!!!

Many people think the Yanks are the richest country on Earth - in fact they are prob the most broke of them all - the rest of the World - especially Britain - owns most of the USA!!!
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I do not disagree with what you say cod.

Strong pound, crap US ecomony etc. However the difference is huge say 199+vat compared to 60 is 300%+ profit!!
and I'm not saying that people should not make any money but 20-25% is a reasonable margine not 100%!!
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