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    what are the main reasons for having the engine so far forward in the picklefork boats? cali perf, daytonas etc
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    I would call Peterson in Havasu.

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    Boat at top right was a Gullwing , belonged to my friend Kenneth aka Cornbread
    Motor was set at 30-34" from back of transom IIRC ....he ran a straight race snoot and FTN nozzles
    396 with a huge NOS kit ...this thing was a rocket ...He won smoking in the cove with it back in 2005



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    [QUOTE=badbug3;3976417]what are the main reasons for having the engine so far forward in the picklefork boats? cali perf, daytonas etc




    So they don't blow over



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    Quote Originally Posted by badbug3 View Post
    what are the main reasons for having the engine so far forward in the picklefork boats? cali perf, daytonas etc

    the ones i see running really quick and fast barely lift the nose when they take off with fixed nozzles. I would like to know why most placecrafts i see have the engine way back towards the transom and have to run place diverters to leave the starting line.
    What are the reasons why the placecraft hulls cant be set up the same? trying to get the place diverter to act with timer is not a big deal but when you have a turbo motor and u leave the line with say 600-700 hp and split seconds later you have another 8-900 hp to deal with it can get real hairy. Timing is so critical and when u up the power level , u have to change those timer settings all over. Whats the deal on this? I would love to be able to leave the starting line with a managed 1500 hp or so without the nose climbing and without dealing with the diverter if that is possible. My engine is 23 inches from the transom and is the newest gen 4 placecraft design and there is no one running one of those models with over 1000 hp but me so far. If i set my nozzle at 1.5 degrees up and leave the starting line like that, the nose goes to the moon. Not good.
    Although the hulls are different, it might be worth your time to talk to Jordan Woods. His Placecraft was initially run with the engine not too far from the transom and later he moved it forward pretty far. He still runs a diverter and has spent a lot of time dialing it in. His boat leaves the line as hard as any boat i've ever seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone View Post
    Although the hulls are different, it might be worth your time to talk to Jordan Woods. His Placecraft was initially run with the engine not too far from the transom and later he moved it forward pretty far. He still runs a diverter and has spent a lot of time dialing it in. His boat leaves the line as hard as any boat i've ever seen.

    tom finally called me back . Been on vacation. He gave some great suggestions. Cant wait to try them.

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