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Old 31 August 2013, 08:16   #61
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Yes.
And its easier to say and type AV plate.
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Old 31 August 2013, 13:32   #62
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Sounds like the full length of the keel of the boat is concave, making the water suck the boat down when at speed.
Interesting thought. I just raised my motor 3.25". Home grown solution: 2 AL 12"x12" plates with HDPE block sandwiched on top. Currently "you know what plate" is at about 0.5" below keel at middle trip hole. I also changed prop to 13" pitch. Certainly maintains better speed with less splashing. Cruises at 18-20 mph with 600lb on board. Seems adequate by thought of bigger motor hasn't left me. Didn't have opportunity to take it out solo. My boys stick around if I try to head out.
At first though I observed heavy bow steer, and prop ventilating periodically. My keel has a leak. Once inflated to proper pressure problem seemingly was gone.


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Old 04 October 2013, 22:28   #63
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Went on a test drive today with a very helpful rep from my local Zodiac dealer.

All the problems I've described were present when I went out on my own. I'll try to post a video later.

However, when he got in the boat with me, the boat handled quite well. He admitted to weighing over 200 lbs. It seems that I need some extra weight in the boat for it to run properly!

He suggested that I should try getting a bigger motor. The WB465 is recommended for a 40 hp and max is 60 hp. My ETEC 30 is pretty light at 150 lbs. Maybe a heavier and bigger motor would do the trick?
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Old 05 October 2013, 13:29   #64
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What trim position your engine is at? AV plate generally should be nearly parallel to keel if you extend the line. Place a level or something on it to see. For me it lined up nicely at middle trim hole.
Your are saying you trim it up or down. It's confusing. IMHO right term is in or out (close or away from transom). What is the position of AV plate at middle trim hole relative to bottom of transom.
What prop pitch are you using?
It's only about weight then do some experiments. Get few water cans and see how their distribution affects handling.
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Old 06 October 2013, 17:01   #65
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If I trim out past the second hole, it just cavitates all of the time.

In second trim hole from the transom, it cavitates if I'm in the boat by myself. With the additional passenger (240lbs?) - no problems.

Trimmed all the way in (first hole), it only cavitates rarely with me in the boat, but I feel that the bow is pushed down too much.

The best performance was in second trim hole with extra weight in the boat.

Its bothersome how finicky this boat (and, by the looks of this thread, other inflatables) can be...

The Zodiac dealer rep suggested a heavier engine to add weight, especially to the back of the boat (to try to get the stern down and the bow up a bit more). My ETEC 30 only weighs 150 lbs. An ETEC 40 weighs 240 lbs! The max engine weight for my boat is 243 lbs, so I'm looking at an ETEC or an older 2-stroke or a new Yamaha 40.

A test drive in a heavier and more powerful engine would mean bolting to the transom - I don't know of any that have the twisty clamps except for the ETEC 40 with rope start, but I don't know anybody who would let me take one for a test drive. My Zodiac dealer would let me take an older Yamaha 50hp 2-stroke for a test drive but I'm a bit reluctant to do that, since I don't know how its going to work out, and I don't want unnecessary holes in my transom...
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A hook in the hull will cause bow steer at speed. Are you sure the bottom of the hull is true?
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Here's a video of the Zodiac dealer rep driving my boat.

He gets the boat gently on plane, and everything is fine at that point. The troubles start after accelerating from a plane to full throttle. Watch after he makes a left turn and comes toward the camera.

You can hear the engine cavitating. Also, does the boat not look too "flat" in the water? What I mean is, do you think that the bow is too low ... that the forward portions of the hull are making contact with the water when they shouldn't be? Spray is coming up from where the keel is contacting the water and that is fore of the fore carrying handle! Shouldn't more of the fore of the boat be up and out of the water (as it is when on a slow plane)?
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The fabric strips on top of the tubes are anti-hogging devices designed to keep the boat from bending and allowing the boat to run with the bottom basically cupped, ie, assuming the shape of a hogs back. If they stretch, the floorboards may need to be lengthened to keep the hull bottom straight.

If the hull is cupped, you have a low pressure area formed under the hull which may be the cause of the cavitation. I had to lengthen the front floorboard in a 10 ft Avon to cure a problem like yours. I was about to trash the boat until a nice lady from Achilles clued me in and recommended the cure. New lengthened floorboard and the boat is still in service after many years with no problems.

I would believe that as forward pressure is applied to your hull, the boat is bending and causing your problem. The motor is bending the hull.
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Thanks FrankC, but its a brand new boat and I've examined the bottom of the boat and its pristine, so I think that's unlikely.
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Does look like you are bow riding. There is no point in trying to counteract ventilating by trimming motor in. You have to achieve good performance in neutral trim. Moving forward your motor creates a force produced by low pressure in front of blades and higher pressure behind. When you trim in direction of that force changes somewhat upward.

You can separate it into horizontal and vertical part. Horizontal moves it forward but vertical actually lifts your aft up forcing bow down over center of all forces acting on boat. What's more there would be low pressure area close to transome. Since you basically suck water from under boat. That would make boat stick more.

You are ventilating (are you actually ventilating or/and over-revving?) at neutral IMHO because of insufficient back pressure. I believe you should be able to cure it by using higher pitch and/or 4 blade prop. What is you current pitch? Do you have a tachometer?

Of course dropping engine a bit might help as well.

40 hp recommended rating is not to for purpose of aft load. That would be stupid. Lighter motor should plane lighter boat just fine. Rather because rated load for you boat is north of 2000lb and to plane that (or at least maybe like 60-70%) you need some power.
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