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Old 04-22-2004, 09:53 AM
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Tuck the drives in - throw in some tab and bow steer your way to getting wet. Look I raced a 2002 TS TG w/ 575's on very tight turns. And I mean we ran hard. Seat time is important and common sense goes a long way! BH
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"Tucking the trim will change CG"...it will not change CG...it will change the direction of force.
I agree, bad term. You cant physically change cg without moving something, I just think of it as more weight moving forward with trim down, but your direction of force will stay in mind as well.
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It's also helpfull not to boat in waters where the infamous "Skeg Eating Monster" lives!! Isn't that right Joey?
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yeah, yeah...
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I definitely consider my self corrected and re educated
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Most informative thread I have read in a long time. I am sure a few people will stay dry due to the advise given.

T2x- As long as people want to go faster, sacrifices will be made. We don't all have to agree and hop on board.
Unexperienced drivers wanting to show off and do race turns, and run over 90 MPH.
I'll be sittin on the docks with you!
I attribute most of my boating behavior to my days as a contract pilot. And I am becoming an Old Bold (Lucky) one. Knowing your limits is a life savor.
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I had read from someone here on OSO about learning your stepped boats limits by getting boat on plane and do a 40-50 mph wide arc turn, gradually tighten the turn and you will reach a point where you feel her getting loose, straighten out (don't touch trim or throttle) and you have a feel for her break point in those conditions.

Is this sound advise?
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Serious MX/SX/AX crashes are more prevalent these days too...Are the bikes not as good as they were 10 years ago???

Actually I don't think anyone should be turing a modern day stepped hull anywhere near its potential...There really is no reason to do so in a pleasure/poker run environment...Your just playing with you passengers/friends lives.
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I second that! Been driving "Go Fasts" for over 20 years and have never been close to getting in trouble (thank goodness!). Having the neutral trim point marked on your tab indicators is very important and makes for quick reference when you need it. I hope manufacturers take you up on your challenges.
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Good advise Mike (We agree today ya little bas%$d. ...Kidding)

Especially with drive and tab position while the boat is on the trailer. Put two little stickers on the neutral point of the indicator. You may be surprised that the numbers are not actually even, stickers help.

Another thing I teach is TTT. Take your Time to Trim.
From idle, set tabs and drives top plane. At about 35-40 MPH back the throttles down and re-trim Drives and throttles. Then to 55-60 Re-trim. And again around 80MPH.
This will allow you as a driver to get a feel for the boat in three different running positions. We are not racing, so take your time to set the boat up right.
I used to watch Stinsen take about 2-3 minutes at 45-50 than run the boat to speed, and back down to re-trim. VERY GOOD IDEA!

Trimming is changing the boats angle of attack in relation to the water. Changing stability and setup at high speed should be done cautiously and with small inputs. Your butt should be puckered up good and tight while making these changes.

And yes, I think I did just give Stinsen a compliment...WTF am I thinkin
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