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Old 11-07-2006, 09:41 PM
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Older boats had the drives deeper. They were heavier hulls and needed the drive deeper to carry the bow. Also, hulls were not as efficient. 8" is in the basement. I think my '93 24 outlaw was in the 7.5" range as well. You would most likely benefit well from a -2" shorty. How much benefit??? Who knows till you try. Might try a post in the Baja section as well.

What hp are you running???? More power also helps the carry the bow and allows for higher drives.
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Old 11-08-2006, 12:28 PM
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I have a baja 24ol my stock height was 7 1/2'' baja's are deep. I went with a 2'' shortie and love it now 5 1/2''
Airtime, what differences did you exerience in terms of speed handling, etc?

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What hp are you running???? More power also helps the carry the bow and allows for higher drives.
I run a standard 502 MPI , 415 hp, perhaps some more with Gil exhaust. The boat weighs in at 3600 lbs + gas and driver. I will try a post in the Baja section to see if someone else has tried shorties on these old boats. Thanks.
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Old 11-29-2006, 01:05 PM
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Use propshaft depth as your measurement. Most will run best at 3-5" below the bottom.
Does that go for twin setup also? Does the transom angle make a difference when you calculate? I noticed in my Mercuiser books there is a table for trs and the x dimension changes slightly with variations in the transom angle.

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4 inches should be the norm.
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