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Old 05 July 2012, 11:01   #11
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[QUOTE=9D280;473327]I wonder if what you are seeing is water being forvced up the front of the leg whioch if that plate wasn't there would jetwash your "rudder bearing" nicely.

If it is simply upward moving water bouncing off the plate, could you bend it down a bit at the outer edge to deflect the water back down rather than out sideways? A bead of sikaflex might have the same effect?


Thats exactly what appears to be happening , you have described what i was having trouble describing Thanks .
The old short shaft didn't have that 3rd plate , but as you say if its protecting the steering bearings then i will live with it . However it is soaking the underside of the motor which never used to happen .
I suspect that if it was used on a boat with power trim then the it would probably become streamlined when trimmed for cruising .
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Old 06 July 2012, 11:14   #12
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In that case if you do a lot of cruising, it is worth living with a slightly more sluggish time to plane by lifiting it out a pin or two?

When I had an SR4 / Suz 25 I used two trim positions - one was for cruising, and then I would drop it a hole if I was being rescue boat. The cruise position I had to live with an aeon to plane, but once there it handled perfectly.
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Old 06 July 2012, 13:09   #13
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if i was cruising a long way then i would lift it a hole , it does reduce the spray a little . it only gives about 1-2 mph more top end but it will ventilate too easily if you turn a bit quick. we are in and out of surf a lot so don't want it slipping because i forgot to drop a hole .
Its never sluggish the boat only wieghs 105kg and comes out faster than you can twist the throttle
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