All the rods go down to the plate at the same angle. If you look at it form the side they are all on the same line. One of my old boats was the same way other than the plate was also cut an angle.
I can't speak for the amount of pressure it takes to move that plate.
I guess you were around when motorcross bikes first started moving the shocks forward on the swing arm.
The hull isn't known as a hard turner. Imagine it turns much better if the plate is turned down on the out side, but it slows the boat down. Now if you could lower the plate more on the outside ONLY when you plate it, it could have the same effect as setting the plate lower on the outside.
It might also have some effect at controlling chine walking as well.
Just a guess. But the outside back edge of the plate is definitely going to drop further than the center when its plated.
Last edited by gn7; 05-25-2012 at 04:15 PM.
Based on the geometry it should push the outboard edges of the plate down further than the inboard edges, giving the plate a downward arch when you get on the down. Seems it would help on a v-bottom as the outside edges don't have as much pressure on them as the inside edges, so the extra distance should help give you more down without affecting handling like it would on a flat. Just a guess though- what is the real reason GN7? I can see you smirking over the Internet!
It could very easily be nothing more than a geometry thing to keep all the turnbuckles inline. But it will sure will move the outside of the plate more than the center when you plate it.