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#10919734 - 06/16/15 05:38 AM Need help. Boat won't get on pad
basslegacy Offline
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Registered: 11/29/10
Posts: 178
Loc: dallas
Having a weird issue where some days my boat just won't get on pad. Then the next time I'm out it does just fine. It is a 20 foot bass cat with 225 merc pro xs optimax. Has anyone had this problem?? It will run fine once on pad, even after it has struggled to get on pad. Any ideas what could be happening?? Thanks

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#10919761 - 06/16/15 06:35 AM Re: Need help. Boat won't get on pad [Re: basslegacy]
gary purdy Offline
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What Year? Coils are one the main issues on this motor.
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#10919830 - 06/16/15 07:41 AM Re: Need help. Boat won't get on pad [Re: basslegacy]
ringer Offline
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Registered: 02/27/08
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Loc: Arizona
Sounds like a prop issue. If its a prop you have had for a while it could still be the problem. Mine did the same thing but I had an extra 350 pound buddy in the boat. Took one of the vent plugs out and it ran fine for the trip.

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#10921605 - 06/16/15 08:07 PM Re: Need help. Boat won't get on pad [Re: basslegacy]
hopalong Offline
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try removing 1 or 2 or the vent plugs, like ringer said.

sounds like the prop just needs to spin up faster.
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#10921984 - 06/16/15 10:50 PM Re: Need help. Boat won't get on pad [Re: basslegacy]
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Don't remove the vent plugs before you see what the motor will "stall" up to. You want it to go to about 3200 rpms when you take off. If it is doing that the vents are not your problem. But with that said if the motor is low on power that may help till you figure out what else is going on.

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#10922138 - 06/17/15 05:10 AM Re: Need help. Boat won't get on pad [Re: basslegacy]
TLW Offline
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something that comes and goes? did it just start doin' these things are has it ALWAYS been this way? a prop issue won't come n go doin' tha same routine over n over... like Gary says some of those do have coil issues but way to many bells n whistles ta diagnose ona keyboard......jmo

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#10925805 - 06/18/15 12:10 PM Re: Need help. Boat won't get on pad [Re: basslegacy]
Jigfish Offline
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How can I say this. Make sure nothing is blocking water from getting to the prop. I have seen transducers come loose and blocks the way of the water getting to the prop.
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#10928301 - 06/19/15 12:33 PM Re: Need help. Boat won't get on pad [Re: basslegacy]
steve@hydrodynamics Offline
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Registered: 08/25/06
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"intermittent" hole shot problem is almost never a propeller.

UNLESS: the intermittent issue is from a load variance. i.e. water in livewells. adding more
people, etc.

what prop are you running?
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#10932200 - 06/21/15 11:43 PM Re: Need help. Boat won't get on pad [Re: basslegacy]
basslegacy Offline
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Registered: 11/29/10
Posts: 178
Loc: dallas
Thanks guys. Just switched from a 26 pitch tempest to a 25. Boat is jumping on pad good for now but will see how it does next time I have a partner and full load in the boat.

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#10932201 - 06/21/15 11:45 PM Re: Need help. Boat won't get on pad [Re: basslegacy]
basslegacy Offline
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Registered: 11/29/10
Posts: 178
Loc: dallas
I believe the motor is an 06 model

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#10937953 - 06/24/15 04:00 PM Re: Need help. Boat won't get on pad [Re: basslegacy]
stick steering Offline
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Registered: 08/06/07
Posts: 4591
Sounds fuel or electrical

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#10940973 - 06/25/15 11:39 PM Re: Need help. Boat won't get on pad [Re: stick steering]
Chemdawg Offline
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Registered: 01/22/13
Posts: 1236
mine did the same thing when i had to people it would pop right up and at 3-4 person it would not get enough revs to get on plain steeve got me straighten out with a lower pitch prop i could have 6 people in the boat and it would still get on a plain

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#10941340 - 06/26/15 08:50 AM Re: Need help. Boat won't get on pad [Re: basslegacy]
Classic Fiberglass Offline
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Registered: 05/19/10
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Loc: Denton, Texas
BassCats are notorious for that. Mine does the same thing.
I don't put over half tanks of fuel in my boat anymore and that seems to help.
I'm with Steve on the weight distribution being your problem.
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