I just came across this forum, and it seems like it may be a good place to get some input on a couple questions that I have. After running my boat for 3 years, I'm considering making some changes to try and get better performance. If I didn't like the boat so much, I'd probably buy a new one, but it works great for me and it's very versatile (and paid for). It was made in BC, and I use it equally on lakes and rivers. I have 2 motors, a 50 prop and a 60/40 jet.
Boat is 15' long, 62" at bottom and 76" max beam, with a 6 degree vee and a wooldridge style tunnel. It's quite heavily built, weighs around 1200lbs as pictured, fully loaded and fueled. According to USCG formulas, it is rated for about 90-100HP, but no rating from the manufacturer is on the boat.
Although it runs fairly well with a prop motor, there are some handling issues with my jet. I believe part of the solution would be a bigger jet, but I'd like to tinker with setup before I spend any more $$.
1st question -- The boat seems to both sit, and ride fairly low in the water, causing a lot of spray, and the jet will eventually cavitate and fall off step in a sharp turn -- it does not slide in corners. I believe these things might be due to the tunnel. It would be fairly easy for me to cover over the tunnel with an aluminum delta pad. Probably better for the prop too... Any thoughts on if this would improve handling? The boat presently runs very shallow, but overall handling is more important to me.
2nd question -- If I can get the handling figured out, I've contemplated replacing my jet with something more powerful, quiet, and efficient. Based on the presence of local service, I'm considering either a 90/65 yamaha four stroke or a 115/80, and then modifying my boat to accept a small centre console. These motors would add about 130lbs more stern weight, but would move me (220lbs) away from the tiller.
thanks for any advice you may have.
regards from Canada