As per the title I'm a new owner of a bombard 380 after reading all of the positive threads about this boat I happen to find one for sale locally with engine and trailer etc etc.
So went ahead and bought it but now I'm questioning my decision as I have taken it out 4 times now and I'm having problems with the engine splash from mid throttle to full throttle.
At first I had the engine sitting on the transom and then lifted it up as far as the clamps and plate would allow.
But still the water spray is filling my engine cowling with salt water by splashing that badly underneath the engine.
I have tried various trim positions from all the way in to all the way out but to no avail.
And with the engine trimmed all the way in it also sprays water in through the bilge drains.
So looking at some peoples attempts on here to raise the engine I made my own bodged together rig which I managed to get my cav plate level with my keel and then took the boat out for a test run.
This seemed to work fairly well at 1/4 throttle as the cav plate was working well and I had a nice clean water flow out the back of the boat.
As I increased the power though it seemed to create alot of splash from the way the water passed out from the hull and started to look very messy.
Here is a quick gopro video (excuse the g clamps holding my makeshift Transom)
Bombard 380 Engine Lift Trim Level 3 - YouTube
So is this the best I can expect to get the flow out the back of the boat or have other people managed to find the perfect setup.