Hi guys, I've got a '97 Skeeter ZX202c w/ Yamaha 200 pro-v turning a Yamaha 25m prop. previously had a 24 turbo lightning prop. has a 12" hydrodynamics jack plate on it (I believe about 2.75 below pad but haven't measured - previous owner told me it was set up for top speed already)
With both props I got a top speed of 64-65.5 GPS in ideal conditions w/ half tank of gas and very light tackle. Running at 5900 RPM's. I'm not throwing much of a rooster tail, the spray is hardly higher than the cowling when trimmed up.
Whenever I get above 5400 RPM or above 60 mph, the boat is really hard to turn. I have to CRANK the wheel to get it to turn (though it doesn't skip or feel squirrely) Below ~5400 / 55mph, I can easily turn with one hand. The boat has 1 year old hydraulic steering so I don't think that's the issue at all.
I'm going to lower the motor about .5 next time I have it out to see if that helps, but was wondering if anyone else has experience with this model that could comment on the set-up, or if anyone knows what could be causing this handling issue.