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Old 03-21-2011, 07:26 PM
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I was considering installing a nose cone on my Bravo 1 Drive. Is it worth it?? What could I expect, if anything?? thx
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:10 PM
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What are you looking to gain? Sounds like a simple question, but it isn't.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:14 PM
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Looking to gain some speed and quicker planes. thought a nose cone could help gain some hydro dynamic efficiency (??)
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I was considering installing a nose cone on my Bravo 1 Drive. Is it worth it?? What could I expect, if anything?? thx
I had the same question. I talked to the Mercruiser rep at the Miami boat show and he stated that the Bravo 1 was good up to 100 mph. He also stated with a longer lower unit such as a speed master it would slow you down due to extra drag and not increase the speed.

If your only objective was to increase speed I would think adding a nose cone, which would elongate the lower unit, would increase drag and slow you down.

For example there may be a reason for adding a nose cone to resolve a handling problem or other issue.

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if you're not over 80mph, then there is not normally any benefit.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:58 AM
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If your not blowing out your current lower unit, a nosecone will not get you anything. You might get some transom lift. A rounder nosecone like stock is actually more hydrodynamic until it blows out than a pointy one. This is why things like torpedoes are not pointy.
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if you're not over 80mph, then there is not normally any benefit.
Ding, ding ding. We have a winner. As usual, Griff hit it right on the head.

Another thing nobody mentioned is that it's generally pretty hard to mount a nose cone correctly, then have it look like anything over time. Many people have waster lots of money on these bad boys over the years.
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Old 03-26-2011, 10:56 AM
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Thx. I think I'll shy away from a nose cone then. Boat top speed is 70 mph, per speedometer. Not sure if its blowing out. How do i know if it is, what are the symptoms?
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You would know. The prop would lose bite, the engine would rev but the boat would hardly move. Kinda like spinning the tires on a car.
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