Jack Plate on Scott Freighter?
There is a long shaft 20hp outboard for sale locally that I am considering purchasing to power my Scott Hudson Bay. I would have to set it up on a jack plate as my transom is designed for a short shaft.
Currently I run a short shaft 9.9 which is a bit underpowered.
Should I be concerned about increasing my centre of gravity? Have others done this? I only need a fixed height as I'll be running the canoe on lakes 90% of the time.
I use a 20HP Honda with power lift (about 105 lbs or so)... when I am out alone I add ballast in the bow (4-5 each of 5 gal water jugs filled with lake water). That keeps things nice and level. No issues if you have a passenger up front.
I,d find a SS conversion before I modified the transom.
# 1 it will work But ??
# 2 the short shaft is by far a better rig all the way around always keep the center of gravity as low as you can .
if you run lakes an not rivers you can clamp the long shaft on an go an just live with it [ no shallow running ]