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#11767195 - 08/09/16 10:33 AM Fins
Pilothawk Online   sad
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Registered: 01/14/03
Posts: 72465
Loc: Kentucky Lake

I have an old NITRO 901 with a 200 Merc efi.

Runs fine. Not the best ride, but for my purposes, it is great.

The one thing I don't like is its low speed handling. Below 30 or so you can feel the stern on its way down. I live on a big pond. There are time when I don't want to run at 35 into the swells.

Anyone use them? What are pros and cons... If they are useful, which are the best?

Thanks in advance.
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#11770133 - 08/10/16 05:37 PM Re: Fins [Re: Pilothawk]
TxRanger1 Offline
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Registered: 12/31/15
Posts: 193
Loc: Humble,Tx
I use one and have no complaints. Improved hole shot and low mph handling greatly. Keeps the boat pretty flat.

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#11770245 - 08/10/16 06:54 PM Re: Fins [Re: Pilothawk]
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Registered: 07/06/07
Posts: 466
Loc: fortworth tx, tarrant co.
I had one on an 884 savage nitro and yes the hole shot and low mph handled great. Should be fine with one on. I bought mine at academy and took a few minutes to put on and that was still on when I traded my boat.

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#11771121 - 08/11/16 09:17 AM Re: Fins [Re: Pilothawk]
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Registered: 02/16/09
Posts: 423
Loc: Lubbock, TX
From what I understand, you'll trade hole shot and quicker planing for top speed. How much, I'm not sure, but that's what I always heard. My previous boat had fins, and my current one doesn't. I haven't noticed much of a difference, but they are two different boats.

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#11771206 - 08/11/16 10:03 AM Re: Fins [Re: Pilothawk]
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Registered: 03/07/10
Posts: 3838
Loc: Temple, Texas USA
It eliminated slow speed porpoise on my 901CDX.
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#11771251 - 08/11/16 10:33 AM Re: Fins [Re: Pilothawk]
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Pro Angler

Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 945
Loc: Farmers Branch/Sulphur Bluff
I had to have one to keep the bow down and plane out faster and stop porpoising when I had a 16' Skeeter Wrangler with a 150 Black Max, moved motor over to a 18.5' Nitro (MX185) and left it on, holeshot is great and no porpoising so I left it like that. My top speed isn't affected cuz it isn't in the water wide open.....


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#11771415 - 08/11/16 12:13 PM Re: Fins [Re: Pilothawk]
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Registered: 01/14/03
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Loc: Kentucky Lake
Top end is not a concern. The little 200 Merc pushes faster than I wanna go.

I just want to be able to be on plane at less than 35 or so...
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#11771435 - 08/11/16 12:28 PM Re: Fins [Re: Pilothawk]
bronco71 Online   content
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Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 945
Loc: Farmers Branch/Sulphur Bluff
It should help with that, a different prop or some work to that prop can help a lot. Some props are made to lift the bow, others keep the bow down and lower pitch will greatly improve your holeshot.

Also on a Merc there is a limiting bolt in the bottom holes of the bracket that keeps the motor from tilting too far in and hitting the boat. My Nitro has a step in the transom and I could remove the bolt without any fear of motor hitting. With the motor trimmed down all the way it actually gets up under the boat a bit more and helps lift the stern getting on plane much quicker and keeping the bow down.


Edited by bronco71 (08/11/16 12:29 PM)

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