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#11623241 - 05/24/16 03:14 PM Hydraullic Jack Plate vs Manual?
txsuperman Online   happy
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What's the benefit and why do you prefer it?

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#11625415 - 05/25/16 11:13 AM Re: Hydraullic Jack Plate vs Manual? [Re: txsuperman]
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I totally prefer a hydraulic, but I have a tunnel hull. At various times I want to make adjustments for conditions. I know some prefer to set it and forget it. Personal choices. On my 24' stand hull boat, once it was adjusted, I never touched it again for the 5 years I owned it.
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#11625553 - 05/25/16 11:58 AM Re: Hydraullic Jack Plate vs Manual? [Re: txsuperman]
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Registered: 02/25/15
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Loc: Magnolia, TX
For any boat with 200 HP and up, I prefer hydraulic. The only reason I am not as strong about it at less than 200 HP rigs is that extra weight is often more critical on smaller boats.

I run a different prop in hot weather vs. winter, and they don't like the exact same pad height setting. I can set it for optimal speed in average water conditions, or move it to the deepest setting to keep the prop "hooked up" a little better if the lake is really rough. My favored feature is to be able to jack it all the way up when idling in shallow or obstacle-infested water. Getting the motor up vertically using the jackplate is preferred over trim-up which disturbs more water and makes the stern squat deeper.

For my 5 inch adjustment range, I like to mount the engine so I have movement down 1 inch, and up 4 inches (from my standard setting). Others may set the sweet spot more in the middle; I like having lots of up for idling in water with hidden things.

#11626410 - 05/25/16 05:23 PM Re: Hydraullic Jack Plate vs Manual? [Re: txsuperman]
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I had one of Steve's jack plates on my Seaark for about a year. It was a very nice piece of equipment, but it stayed set the same just because it was such a PITA to adjust on the water, and it's one of the easier ones.
One trip to the coast and returning on an outgoing tide convinced me that I needed to be able to adjust it easily, so now it's a Bob's Hydraulic. It's just nice to know that an adjustment is only a button push away.
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#11626614 - 05/25/16 07:02 PM Re: Hydraullic Jack Plate vs Manual? [Re: txsuperman]
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Bob, my moment of conversion was years ago in the backcountry flats trails of the Everglades....


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