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Old 22 July 2012, 06:50   #11
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OK. When I got my setup first, I played with the trim for a while. I found that with two on board and the pin in the third hole from the bottom, I got similar problems to yours. I dropped the pin a hole and the problems largely vanished. Yes, the transom angle will enter into that equation too. It's very much "suck it and see" territory.

I also found that it helped a lot to shift weight forward for the hole-shot, especially with 2 OB. A tiller extension was a huge help in this respect. A bit of white sink wastepipe and a bit of tape is good to experiment with to check if one would help you. I wouldn't leave shore without mine fitted. It is the 300/600mm telescopic type, the best of both worlds, IMO.
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Old 22 July 2012, 08:44   #12
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On the prop it says "F8.5" and according to the instruction book this is the second in a range of five alternatives on this engine F6.5-F9.5 (F9.5 being recommended for the smallest/lightest boat)
F8.5 is the one supplied as standard.

I do have a tiller extension which I use when I am out on my own in the boat. I think I did end up with trim position 2 on my last engine.
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8.5 is the same as mine (just checked).
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Thanks for the advice, I guess it's a case of trial and error next time we are out on the water.
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Is there any loose fabric on the underside of the hull - especially near the transom?
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No, the boat has an inflatable keel under a solid floor.

Since buying the new engine I've also bought a Bravo air pump, so am now inflating the boat/keel to the correct pressure of 3.4psi. (Well actually I inflate it to 3psi)

Before I found that I was only inflating it to about 1.5psi with my Rule pump, the Bravo has a piston pump which takes over at 1psi

I don't know if this may be affecting the boat and causing it to cavitate more.
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My advice is pump to the recommended pressures - there will be a safety margin in those anyway. The keel on my QS pumps to 6psi or thereabouts. What are you pumping the deck to? The QS is 11psi...

Correct inflation is essential to get these things on the go properly as the keel and the airdeck form the backbone of the planing structure. Put a bend in that and things are not gonna be right.
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The inflatable keel on this boat is a low pressure one, it's just a long thin tube running front to back under the floor (max pressure 3.4psi)
The boat planed fine with my old Mercury 6hp when it was only inflated to 1.5psi. However I agree it should be at the correct pressure, it does say "max 3.4psi" though and not "inflate to 3.4psi" on the boat.
The instructions talk about leaving a margin for temperature if it's going to be a hot day.
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The instructions talk about leaving a margin for temperature if it's going to be a hot day.
Yes. However bear in mind they also sell these boats in countries that have summers, c/w sun. Once you plank it in the water (16C) it's going to be 16C. The keel gets no direct sun (hopefully!!) so, IMO, the section at least risk of overheating. It's probably the most important too.
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OK I'll set the pump to 3.4psi.
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