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Putting a droop and a ride plate on advantage 20.5? This thing wont get its fat azz outa the water! turns 5400 wfo mid and top end are great! i put a 4* wedge down on the nozzle and it liked it, pushed the nose over better and cruised same speed 200 rpm less...am i thinking right?":)bulb

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Putting a droop and a ride plate on advantage 20.5? This thing wont get its fat azz outa the water! turns 5400 wfo mid and top end are great! i put a 4* wedge down on the nozzle and it liked it, pushed the nose over better and cruised same speed 200 rpm less...am i thinking right?":)bulb

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The 20.5 has a little rocker in the bottom so it will be a little hard to get on plane. Are you sure you have the diverter adjusted all the way down. If you installed a 4 degree wedge and it like it , the boat just needs more down.
 

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yes i have it in the down pos. coming out of the water, and cruzing. it is at the end of the adjustment, i think the transom just needs a lil more lift and i was currious if the droop and ride plate will give me that. Wanted to draw on the plethera of knowledge on the boards before i spent my money! lol:D
 

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We have a 1989 that we bought from Harry. After spinning out twice in the first season, we took it back and Harry added a drop thru fin and solved that issue. At the same time we had him add a ride plate, shoe and loader. It made a huge difference in the way it handled. It really planted the back of the boat. Never really had a problem with the way it loaded. Doesn't seem to need a droop. We put a little more power to it and ran 72mph @ 5300 w/ an A alum.
 

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Ron, ours had a drop through fin as well. I thought it might have been added by another owner but was told that they used to install them at the factory..
 

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Long time reader first time poster howeve ri couldnt help myself because i have a 1988, 20.5 classic closed bow. i dont have a fin in the bottom of mine, and i dont have any problems this the boat staying strait or wanting to come around. The orginal owners of my boat had a blown 540 that was putting down 850hp. when i bought the boat they kept there engine and put a stock 454 in it but they left the pump the same and changed the AA impellar to a AB. i have added a droop snoot to it and it was the best money i have ever spent on the boat. boat rides even better then before and really hauls the mail now as well.

when i first got the boat it i tried hard enough i could get the boat to spin but it was totally predictable and the only reason it spun was that i wanted and made it do it. now with the snoot on it i can get it to do it at all. not that it is a good idea to try to put your boat into a spin in the first place.

when you say you can get the bow to come over i dont see that at all and all i have is 330 hp. and i only turn 4600 rpm max. how tight is your pump and what kind of engine and impellar do you have to be turning 5400??

this is my set up and she runs F*ing hard, stock 454 with a 850cfm dp, berk JG, ride plate, shoe, AB impellar, droop, hrdo diverter, red insert in nossel. nothing crazy!

again i have been reading these threads for years now and have never posted however i have a special place in my heart for this boat and others like it that were splashed out of the rogers mold.
 

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Actually I believe ours are a splash of a Tahiti.
Rogers 20'4" Bonneville Classic is totally different. Harry built those until 88 or 89 when Roger pulled that mold back.
 

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Putting a droop and a ride plate on advantage 20.5? This thing wont get its fat azz outa the water! turns 5400 wfo mid and top end are great! i put a 4* wedge down on the nozzle and it liked it, pushed the nose over better and cruised same speed 200 rpm less...am i thinking right?":)bulb

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This really sounds like a worn and tired pump. Might be time for a refresh on the pump, they pull like a mofo when clearances are right.
 

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1993 20.5

I have a diverter with red insert droop snoop and ride plate. Mine lifts perfect with roost about 5 ft off the water. The droop made a dif.
 

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Actually I believe ours are a splash of a Tahiti.
Rogers 20'4" Bonneville Classic is totally different. Harry built those until 88 or 89 when Roger pulled that mold back.
I always thought that as well and i mentioned it Bob sepulveda when we were having a conversation and he told me that the 18's and the 20's were all splashes from rogers molds.
 

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This really sounds like a worn and tired pump. Might be time for a refresh on the pump, they pull like a mofo when clearances are right.
Had my pump done last summer from the guys at jet boats plus in havasu and i dropped 500 rpm at cruising. Also a little plug for the guys up at jet boats plus, i was so happy with there work and the price was exactly what was quoted and was done exactly when he said it would. wish i could say the same for all the shops in havasu parker area. the guy even tested the boat in the lake and sent me photos all along the way. very pleased highly recomend!
 

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I think it is really great that we got some guys on here all talking about the same bad ass boat that we all own. normally on these forums all guys talk about is there lil gulwings and big horse power, dont get me wrong i love that too but it is nice to see the cruisers are still out there!
 

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Also a little plug for the guys up at jet boats plus, i was so happy with there work and the price was exactly what was quoted and was done exactly when he said it would. wish i could say the same for all the shops in havasu parker area. the guy even tested the boat in the lake and sent me photos all along the way. very pleased highly recomend!
just don't buy a diverter cable from them because when it fails after 7 days they won't do shit about except for tell you over the phone you installed it wrong.
Oh and welcome to the boards mike see ya Saturday on the water
 

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just don't buy a diverter cable from them because when it fails after 7 days they won't do shit about except for tell you over the phone you installed it wrong.
Oh and welcome to the boards mike see ya Saturday on the water
not this sat dude we wont be out till the first weekend of august, got alot going on the next few weeks. whats up with the for sale at the bottom of your post
 

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I always thought that as well and i mentioned it Bob sepulveda when we were having a conversation and he told me that the 18's and the 20's were all splashes from rogers molds.
I wouldn't put any money on it, this is before Bob was at Advantage. Harry never splashed a Rogers, he built them out of Rogers molds. Roger sold Harry 1 of his 18' molds and loaned him his 20 Bonneville mold. When I bought my Advantage Classic in 89, Rogers 20' mold had already been returned as requested by Roger. The're nothing alike. Rogers hulls have the rounded sides at the transom except the 21 VIP which is a Spectra bottom.
 

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I wouldn't put any money on it, this is before Bob was at Advantage. Harry never splashed a Rogers, he built them out of Rogers molds. Roger sold Harry 1 of his 18' molds and loaned him his 20 Bonneville mold. When I bought my Advantage Classic in 89, Rogers 20' mold had already been returned as requested by Roger. The're nothing alike. Rogers hulls have the rounded sides at the transom except the 21 VIP which is a Spectra bottom.
ok so mine being a 88 what do i have? do i have a spectra bottom is that why i dont have this notorious fin that everyone is talking about
 

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ok so mine being a 88 what do i have? do i have a spectra bottom is that why i dont have this notorious fin that everyone is talking about
Advantage 20.5 Classic based on the Tahiti design, thats what we have. Advantage also built a 20' Sport Cruiser witch was out of Rogers mold. Completely different look.


Sleekcrafter,s right on. It should pull hard out of the hole and at 5400 you should be running in the 70's.
Check the pump and add a shoe and ride plate. Then see how it runs. I had the bottom work on mine and it seems to have plenty of lift. That may be why it doesn't feel like I need a droop.
Ron
 
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