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ray
09-30-2005, 03:14 PM
some people have them, others dont. are they worth the money? what brand? do they help gas consumtion? how about size of motor, does that make a difference? I have a 40 hp Merc, '98 should I try one? any comments would be appreciated. Thank You one and all. :confused:

Barnacle Bill
09-30-2005, 03:54 PM
some people have them, others dont. are they worth the money? what brand? do they help gas consumtion? how about size of motor, does that make a difference? I have a 40 hp Merc, '98 should I try one? any comments would be appreciated. Thank You one and all. :confused:

I have one on my 16 ft bass boat with a 150 merc. I can get on plane quicker and maintain plane at a much lower speed. My buddy had one on a 16 ft tracker with a 25 merc. It really didn't make much difference on his. If you are slow on getting on plane, it may help. I also don't slide as much in a turn as I use to.

lebruce
09-30-2005, 04:17 PM
I feel it made a big difference with my 17' tracker with a 40 merc.

papasage
09-30-2005, 05:00 PM
don`t think it will work on all setups but it will slow you down on top end speed some . i had one on a 50 hp now i have a 55 without one . it gits out of the water fast enough . i have another bass boat with a 70 on it if it got on plane anyfaster don`t think it could . might try it and see . when i git a speedomiter . or a g p s to check the speed .

snal
09-30-2005, 05:14 PM
I had one on a 14 aluminum boat with a 25hp and no trim...the boat wanted to ride bow high no matter where I pinned it...the foil allowed it to take rough water very well, and plane very well, although the top speed dropped 2mph.
In my opinion...they are fine for smaller boats/motors. They obviously put pressure on the foot by doing what they do, so faster, harder pressure wouldn't be good in my opinion.
I've seen rave reviews of "smart tabs" which seem to provide the same benefits with usaully an increase in speed rather than a loss, althought at a somewhat greater expense. I'll be trying these on my 17.5' Smokercraft when she gets a new engine.

Eager Beaver
09-30-2005, 09:04 PM
I put one on my 75 hp Force to help get it up on plane. I run a 18-1/2 ft Spectrum and it really made a difference on it. I have a dolph-finn and wouldn't want to be without it. If you fish a lot of tree stumps than it might be a detriment for your lower unit.

ray
10-01-2005, 08:24 AM
thanks to all who responded. appreciate it very much-- I have a 16ft tracker and think I will try one. It does want to 'ride high' on one side even with a light side breeze and am hoping that the hydrafoil would help that problem, also with live well full (in rear) it takes a bit to get up and plane. In cabela's there are 2 types, the sting ray and the SE sport,either one cost is the same, any suggestions?[B]

papasage
10-01-2005, 08:49 AM
when by your self try puting some weight on the other side . like coolrt with ice and drinks . the narrower the boat the mor of that probablem you will have. seen a man on the river with a small 9.9 14 ft. he would carry a buckett of sand to hold the frunt down . he said that was his fishing partner :D . boat is like a airplane you have to balance it out

Barnacle Bill
10-01-2005, 09:24 AM
thanks to all who responded. appreciate it very much-- I have a 16ft tracker and think I will try one. It does want to 'ride high' on one side even with a light side breeze and am hoping that the hydrafoil would help that problem, also with live well full (in rear) it takes a bit to get up and plane. In cabela's there are 2 types, the sting ray and the SE sport,either one cost is the same, any suggestions?[B]

I'm using the SE model. The only thing I don't like about it is it makes the T & T very sensitive. But I've gotten use to it.

lebruce
10-01-2005, 12:06 PM
I also got the SE Model. I was having the same problem with my Tracker live well in the rear on getting up on plain.

ray
10-01-2005, 12:44 PM
Lebruce, did the se help with that problem or not? Thanks

lebruce
10-01-2005, 07:33 PM
Lebruce, did the se help with that problem or not? Thanks
Yes it did.

ShortStorie
10-02-2005, 10:56 AM
I would suggest the SE Sport 200. It was designed to fit the narrower lower unit of engines under 200. The "guitar pick" shape doesn't hang up on stumps. I have used the Stingray and the SE 300 on my old Lowe Lunker III... both worked but I broke the Stingray when I hit a stump at speed. A foil will exaggerate the effects of trim whenever it is in the water... You won't need much negative trim to get on plane...
The foil should be out of the water when on plane... unless your engine is set very low.

I have a SE 300 on my Champion Mean 16 (90 MMerc)... NO nose lift on holeshot.
Wish I'd bought the SE 200... Designed to fit closer (and look cooler) on small-med sized motors.

LakeHardingSpirit
10-02-2005, 12:34 PM
I've got a 'whale tail' on my 30 hp Johnson, get's on plane quick and I notice the response in the steering is 100%

ray
10-02-2005, 01:52 PM
Thank You one and all who responded. Have deceided to order the SE200, I do bump stumps sometimes, in fact i have been hung up on 1 several times :D Now to get the credit card out of wifes purse, HEHEHE :p