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    Hello all I am new here. I will be pcsing to eilson afb and I want to bring my express 1872 up with me it has a yamaha 115 prop on it. However I have heard both ways that I will be ok and that I need a new boat. What are yalls opinions on it? Thanks for any advice

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    i wouldnt go out in big blue with it. Swop the prop for a jet and run it all over the place, rivers and lakes
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    • #3
      Originally posted by huntinlabs View Post
      Hello all I am new here. I will be pcsing to eilson afb and I want to bring my express 1872 up with me it has a yamaha 115 prop on it. However I have heard both ways that I will be ok and that I need a new boat. What are yalls opinions on it? Thanks for any advice
      Not sure what an express 1872 is other than a boat about 18ft long and 6ft wide, is it a flat bottom?? if so Jim's advice was spot on.
      put a jet on it and explore all the lakes and rivers in the Fbks area..

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Old John View Post
        Not sure what an express 1872 is other than a boat about 18ft long and 6ft wide, is it a flat bottom?? if so Jim's advice was spot on.
        put a jet on it and explore all the lakes and rivers in the Fbks area..
        That's exactly what it is a semi v all weld that's 6 ft at the bottom and about 8 at the top

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        • #5
          Post up some pics for a better look at what ya got.


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          • #6
            Originally posted by huntinlabs View Post
            That's exactly what it is a semi v all weld that's 6 ft at the bottom and about 8 at the top
            I ran ran a boat very similar to yours while I was at Eielson. Take off the lower unit, put on a jet pump, and have a ball on the interior rivers.

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            • #7
              Here is a pic of it with my blind and without my blind.
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              • #8
                Like the others said, put a jet drive on it and take it up the rivers and lakes. I would not be taking a boat like that out on the ocean unless it was glassy flat calm with no swell. For the ocean you need a boat with a deeper V to cut chop and swells. Flat bottom boats ride horribly on the ocean and plow into waves instead of cutting through them. Buy a 17 or 18 foot boston whaler and you will have a good ocean going open skiff. Plus they won't sink.

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                • #9
                  Swapping to a jet will require raising the powerhead ~ 5" and buying a jet pump (~2K). A jet pump will reduce the HP by ~ 30%. Power output will be ~ 80 hp at the pump. I ran a Yammie 115/80 on a 17.5' boat and it did fine, perfect motor for that boat. Since you already have the prop leg you may want to install a lift which will facilitate swapping from prop to jet. A good lift like a POWERTRAN will run 1K.

                  Plenty of info here on this type of setup/swap..

                  Some greenheads in AK as well....good luck
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                  • #10
                    I planned on adding float pods to it before I get there. And your saying with a jack plate I shouldnt need to change my lower unit out to a jet?

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                    • #11
                      If you install a jet you have to raise the motor about 5". If you are going to use just the jet you dont need a jack plate, just some type of a semi-permanent transom extension. The jack plate (lift) allow you to raise and lower the motor to use it for both jet and prop.
                      Pods are a great idea, particularly with a lift, whoever builds them for you needs to understand a few things. From my experience they need angle up slightly. Depending on their size. I built a set a few years ago and they come up about 1". I think they stick out 24". Every boat could be different in this regard.
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                      • #12
                        Sounds good thank you. I may have them installed before I head up or I may just wait and have them installed once I get there

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