Originally Posted by teamplonker
I have been thinking that raising the outboard would lower the center of gravity making it feel more unstable
No, it'll be fine.
Having read how you were taught to trim,that could partly be at fault as well. SR5.4's respond really positively to using the trim correctly.
Basically, here's what you do.
In flat water,
trim out as far as is comfortable without hearing ventilation or getting chinewalk. Be aware if you're doing that, you'll ventilate in sharp turns so you need to trim in and reduce throttle then bring it back on and start trimming out again if you're going for a flat out run again..
If it's rough.
If you're heading into the waves, trim in to keep the bow down so you don't feel the bow 'flying'.
Let the V of the hull cut through the oncoming waves. If you take off a lot, and you feel a double slam all the time as you land you're trimmed out way too far. A 5.4 will chinewalk if you're trimmed out too far heading into the waves.
If the waves are behind you and you're catching them up, trim out as far as you can-you want to keep the bow up or you'll bury it in the next wave. Work tghe throttle to keep the bow up as well.