I've been messing around with different setups this winter trying to get
the bow to come up some. Boat rides nice, but really really flat. Full
diverter and 7 degrees of wedge and the bow is still planted. It runs
pretty good despite the way it is riding (80 mph on the motor, 87 mph on
a 150 shot) but it I know it can do better. A couple passes on video
You can see how flat it's riding, particularly in the second pass with a lot
Debated on whether or not to go after the bottom. Pulled the back
seat out to do a little restaple/maintenance and found the damage
below. My decision has been made for me. Motor is out, fuel tanks
drained, and seats pulled.
Bottom of boat
About the middle of last season we were floating down stream and the
water was low. I had tunked a rock and later when I got it out of the
water I checked the damage from underneath. I saw the gouge in the
first photo, but didn't realize what it had done on the inside as it was
under the motor and all but impossible to see. Always had a little leak
but I chalked it up to being a boat and figured a bad RTV seal around
the pump, leaky packing seal, header weap etc. It wasn't bad at all so
not real concerned, but obviously now that I know what's going on, I'm
gonna fix it.
I've got 1/4" of hook on the left side of the intake, about 1/8" on the
right. As long as I'm fixing the other, I might as well do this too. It's about
6" long on both sides. I'm not going to make the mistake I did on the Kachina.
I'll only work from the middle out to the second strake and stop there regardless
of whether it rides right or not after the work.