I'm curious about somthing. If i take my rideplate and bold it to the shoe (tight) and dont hook it to the bowl the rideplate angle is exactly the same (+/- 1*) as the keel (rounded area about 7" infront of intake opening). In order to raise the plate, with out bending it, i have to loosen the bolts that connect the rideplate to the shoe and then bolt it up. The problem i'm seeing is that if i wanted to run the rideplate way up (which is probably not desirable) the rideplate front edge starts to drop below the shoe. Even at the angle i need it the edge starts to drop. So is this normal? When bolting on the rideplate should i be tightening the front bolts (shoe side) first and then forcing the place up (which actually doesnt take too much pressure to do). or so i need the ass of the shoe machined (or rideplate) so it will allow more of a up angle. The ride plate is NOT hitting the bottom of the boat btw.