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    Default What happens without a ride plate?

    I threw on droop and it looks great. Got it all plumbed up with braided lines going back to the PD. My question is do I really need a ride plate? It is a 20.5 Carrera Open bow with a mildly built BBC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by probablecause View Post
    I threw on droop and it looks great. Got it all plumbed up with braided lines going back to the PD. My question is do I really need a ride plate? It is a 20.5 Carrera Open bow with a mildly built BBC.
    At the risk of sounding like an idiot, it may work killer, if you have a later PD with the built in ride pad, it should work killer...

    A ride plate IMHO gives the boat something to push against (some say making the boat think it's longer, I dont think the boat thinks)...

    I say give it a whirl, the possibility of an instable ride (porpoise) is there, but you just never know.

    I have a 20.5 Carrera Elite open with an IO, not even close to being driveable, but general conversation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by probablecause View Post
    I threw on droop and it looks great. Got it all plumbed up with braided lines going back to the PD. My question is do I really need a ride plate? It is a 20.5 Carrera Open bow with a mildly built BBC.
    Good question...I've always wondered if it was more critical/beneficial with a pump that's been set back???
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    Dont know about the Carrera but a buddy had a 20' hull similar to that and it drove like shit with the droop and no ride plate. Been my experience that a droop with too short a plate or no plate at all has some ill handling effects and tends to bury the ass end of the boat instead of creating tail lift. But then again every hull reacts differently to everything you throw at it and you never know till you try it on alot of boats.

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    I Ran A Droop On My Challenger Non Setback Pump With No Rideplate. Gave The Boat A Little More Porpoise At Cruising Speed But When I Was On The Gas It Felt Like It Helped Top Speed.

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    I have a 20.5 elite with a set back pump, loader, shoe-rideplate, droop and PD. It was fine over 40, but porpoised under 40 until I put a straight snoot on it. The only way to get it to stop porpoising with the droop was adding a 4 degree wedge down and running the PD all the way down. Suprisingly picked up a little top end with the straight on it and the ride was way better.

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    Greg Shoemaker posted up on this question a few months back, the question was asked, what length ride plate is ideal. He did some testing with and without, with huge differeces in handling. do a search for the thread, was interesting.
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    Rideplates, rounded, concave, radiused. ribbed, dimppled and slotted proved to do nothing significant in a drag race set up. The rule of thumb when we started racing was somewhere around 18 inches. Well being young and fearless Jeff ,Norm, and myself decided to test ridplate length with one of the Dash for Cash boats at one of our famous test scessions at the now Blue Watwer Casino formly BlueWater home of the NJBA. On an off weekend we took our test to the water and this is what we came up with .Starting with a 18'' we ran the boat everything went well our std setup Test 2 20'' ran the boat and it was visibly freeer on the water all settings remainded the same.Test 3 22'' rideplate boat got way to loose. Test stopped on length. Now we went short rideplates 16'' was tried and the difference was the tail was stuck so we got the bright idea to try no ridplate at all and this is where the fun begins. The boat accelerates good, gets to top speed OK but the shut down was pretty bad, boat came down extremely hard .That was basically the end of the test secession on rideplates. We felt that we could make the boat a little better in different water conditions with the aid of a different length rideplate. Not a good idea to run a boat without a rideplate. So all you guys makes sure you have the proper length, bolts to hold your underwater hardware on because you'd never want a rideplate to fall off!!!!

    Good stuff from the man himself. Beat you to it sleek!

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    Quote Originally Posted by super junk View Post
    Now we went short rideplates 16'' was tried and the difference was the tail was stuck so we got the bright idea to try no ridplate at all and this is where the fun begins.
    This has got me thinking. I need the ass of my boat to stay in the water more.

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