If it isn't broke don't fix it!!!
I think all of the cats I have seen with twin OBs have an adjustable jackplate bw the motor and the transom. But I have noticed that they all seem to be about 4 or 5 inches thick. This is my first cat, and my first OB boat, but I would think that some setback would would help the boat from both speed and handling standpoints. It also seems like it would be much easier and cheaper to do with OBs than I/Os and they do it all the time. Why doesn't anyone run more setback on 28 - 32 foot cats???
If it isn't broke don't fix it!!!
Not about to, but I am puzzled by this. I know in smaller tunnel hulls, they do it to help make the porpoise go away.
Does your set-up have the jack plates (set back).
Things to consider.
Does your transom have a notch?
Where is the clean water?
Whats worked on similar boat set-ups?
28 Skaters run no set back and mount direct to the transom where most of the 30 Spetre's I see run them.
Yes, I have the jack plates, but they are only 4 to 5 inches thick. I have heard of smaller boats running 12 inch setbacks like bravo extention boxes give you.
I suspect the smaller boats dont have a notched transom. The purpose is to get the prop into clean water and for speed you want it mounted as high as possible.
With the notch the water displaced by the hull is that much further forward requiring a smaller setback that a strieght transom.
The set back on my AMT is about 5 or 6 inches as well.
Balance would also come into effect is you were to push it out an additional 6 inches I think.
Im not an expert on this but find it an interesting topic. Hopefully we will get some more experienced opinions and keep this topic going.
YOu will hear a lot of mixed reviews about this. I run a 28 skater. I bought the boat with no setback. After tossing it around all winter I decided to add 6" of setback and am spinning 15x34's instead of 14.5x32s. I have gained about 7 mph from this and believe I can gain another 2 with light fuel. The boat does tend to fly nose high more than last year. The props break loose more just because they are higher in the water. The more setback the more strain on the transom. I can tell you the 28 has a few more Knee bulkhead braces on the transom than the 30 spectre does (unless the newer boats are different). If you are running 2.5's with offshore mids you already have 2" of setback. If you run in rough water going to a 10" bracket in my opinion would be to much strain on the transom. Are your speeds comparable with other 30 spectres with your setup??? Setback moves the center of gravity back farther which will cause your handeling to be worse. What is your current setup and what speeds are you seeing.
Typically, most OB cats, including 28 Skaters use CNC Stern Jacks. Most are 4 inches but some provide 6 inches of set back. The reasons for this are many. In no particular order some are as follows:
Jack plates allow you to accomplish several things at once. First, you can intricately "dial in" or adjust the engine height to more exacting specifications. This also allows you to add what I call "ficticious" length to the boat. As was stated earlier, when set back is increased, the center of mass, or balance point is moved farther to the stern as well. Some people have moved the rear seat forward (like I did) while others move batteries and the like, to compensate for the shift in an effort to maintain correct angle of attack (attitude). Typically the boat will "loosen up" in this scenario and often times significant increases in speed are the result. If the balance point is adjusted to compensate for the setback, you will more times than not experience significant increases in speed, with little reduction in handling characteristcs.
I am not interested in changing my boat, so much as I am with Tantrum and find it an interesting topic.Originally Posted by dreamboater
Or at least that WAS true until you said you picked up 7mph.
All things being equal more setback will usually result in more speed. [ I said usually} The problem becomes, you have a fast boat that will not run in rough water. I guess one needs to balance the speed and rough water ability for the conditions you run in. With todays boats I don't think transom strength is a big issue. Look at what wins in the super stock classes. The 28' skater would be the fastest hull but you do not see many of them run anymore. Fast in calm water and fast around a race course or across the bay are two different things. But I could be wrong!
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