Biggus, I can imagine how your boating experience must have changed this summer! It musta felt great!!
Unfortunately I still feel like I'm wortking with "sales pitches" and fuzzy facts, but that's understandable.
I'm curious about the actual performance difference in your swap. I realize the main reason for your swap was strength and reliability, but do I understand you correctly when you said that the apples to apples comparison was 1mph ?? If this is true, then I would assume the additional 3-4mph increase was obtained through the raised x-dimension and prop selection. Did you guys single these two variables out, and what were the results?
For your type boat, the Konrads sure seem like the answer!!
My concern is that if my boat is already dialed in and cannot handle a higher x-demension or different pitch prop, then my performance improvement would be negligible, if any at all. I realize that not loosing performance while going to a beefier unit is a win, but at my current power level (@600hp) with a single drive that is not as easily unloaded/loaded as a twin setup (I've noticed that when driving a twin in the rouph it is much harder to be "easy" on the drives), plus relatively light weight(4,200 lbs), I still feel I need more comparative information to help rule out the other options. Anybody know the wieght diff's of TRS, Bravo, Konrad.
The problem is, I have to watch a friend of mine blow by me in a (ex-F1) 29 warlock with a 695hp 540 and standard XR drive. While I could never run as well as his stepped bottom, he has about 100hp more and is 500lbs heavier, but is not having drive issues! - I never see him just cruising, he's always running hard, and the Chesapeake Bay is no pond. I'm sure it's just a matter of time for him, but it makes me wonder how mine would run with the motor set way back, less weight, less parasitic driveline drag, and less trim angle needed to lift bow because of better CG, ie Bravo setup.
For example, I have heard that the 24 firefox handles and runs much better with a bravo setup than with the #3 because of the weight. The konrad has pretty much eliminated the #3 solution for me, but it still has the same weight issue.
My TRS will definitley come off. Now, with the Konrad I could increase power($$$$) later no doubt, but if I get no speed increase after spending 8k, then spending that same amount on an XR swap (yes, for me that's possible) could make more sense if I pick up 5mph or more without spending $$ on my motor, and the drive holds. Reglassing the transom is also not an issue for me. Thoughts anybody??