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#12821943 - 07/09/18 05:40 PM FX 21 Porpoising?
PettyBigBass Offline
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Registered: 12/23/17
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I purchased a 2018 FX 21 a few months back and I really love the boat. I’ve had a few minor problems that the dealer took care of promptly. I fished out of an older pro craft that I could run at low speed‘s even trimmed up a little and it would not porpoise. My new Skeeter will porpoise at low speed‘s with the trim all the way down. I can power out of it but it’s a little aggravating considering the price of these boats . I’m just wondering if others are experiencing the same thing, and it’s inherent to this boat , or do I have a rigging problem? Thank you for your input .
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#12821962 - 07/09/18 05:53 PM Re: FX 21 Porpoising? [Re: PettyBigBass]
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I think it's something that's inherit with Skeeters. I'm probably way off base but before the sponsons Skeeter's wouldn't do that. I had a 92' 175SX and I could go as slow as 20mph without it porpoising. I've had Ranger's and Bass Cat's and neither had that problem. I'm now in a Skeeter ZX190 and it will under 30mph and just about everytime as you come off pad. It's called the " Skeeter slap " LOL.
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#12821967 - 07/09/18 05:58 PM Re: FX 21 Porpoising? [Re: PettyBigBass]
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Cannot speak to your boat, but I own a 2014 ZX 20, and it does the same thing--slower speeds, it's going to porpoise no matter how you drive it. I have to push it somewhere around 30mph-35mph to come out of it. I was told that Skeeter changed the hull design in '15 or '16 to get rid of this, but from what you're saying, it might not have worked...

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#12821977 - 07/09/18 06:05 PM Re: FX 21 Porpoising? [Re: PettyBigBass]
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My zx250 doesn’t porpoise at all even with slow speeds. Do you have a hydraulic jack plate?
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#12821985 - 07/09/18 06:11 PM Re: FX 21 Porpoising? [Re: PettyBigBass]
David Burton Offline
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If I push to plane out with the jack plate at or below running height (12 on my gauge) and the trim all the way down, but don’t go beyond planing throttle I don’t porpoise. If I gain speed and try to back down, have the jack plate in “ shallow” mode, or have even the slightest trim, I will porpoise until I get above about 40 mph.

IF I want to cruise, I drop the jack plate and the trim all the way down, I will only give enough throttle to get on plane and drop it down to trudge along. It kicks a wake, but doesn’t bounce.
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#12821992 - 07/09/18 06:16 PM Re: FX 21 Porpoising? [Re: PettyBigBass]
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I have a 2014 fx 20 that does the same thing.

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#12822003 - 07/09/18 06:25 PM Re: FX 21 Porpoising? [Re: jbcarroll3000]
lucky55 Offline
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Registered: 10/15/17
Posts: 190
Loc: Moody, TEXAS
Originally Posted By: jbcarroll3000
Cannot speak to your boat, but I own a 2014 ZX 20, and it does the same thing--slower speeds, it's going to porpoise no matter how you drive it. I have to push it somewhere around 30mph-35mph to come out of it. I was told that Skeeter changed the hull design in '15 or '16 to get rid of this, but from what you're saying, it might not have worked...


Same boat same problem here, seems like a haul a** or idle kinda boat so far. One guy told me his "hauling a load prop" doesn't do it as bad, but runs way slower. But same guy also said Skeeter was for fishing, idling for scanning, and WOT to next spot lol.

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#12822009 - 07/09/18 06:28 PM Re: FX 21 Porpoising? [Re: PettyBigBass]
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Skeeters are all the way down on both jack and motor trim while cursing around looking. Get use to it and just keep everything down. If you are going to put the peddle to the metal then let her go all out until you get ready to stop then put it all down again. That is the way it is.
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#12822142 - 07/09/18 08:08 PM Re: FX 21 Porpoising? [Re: Donald Harper]
Happykamper Offline
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I have a buddy who has a Skeeter, we nicknamed his boat frog it hopped so much, lol, probably an engine and trim heighth deal.
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#12822169 - 07/09/18 08:30 PM Re: FX 21 Porpoising? [Re: Clark3]
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Loc: San Antonio
Originally Posted By: Clark3
My zx250 doesn’t porpoise at all even with slow speeds. Do you have a hydraulic jack plate?


So you got the unicorn? Nonsense! Of course if your motor is trimmed all the way down it’s manageable but add any trim while just barely on plane and you might as well be playing a snoop dog song, cuz it’s hoppin. I have an 2018 ZX 225, yes it hops while barely on plane with any kind of trim.

Like Doug R likes to say, it’s the “Skeeter Slap”.

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#12822170 - 07/09/18 08:31 PM Re: FX 21 Porpoising? [Re: Donald Harper]
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Originally Posted By: Donald Harper
Skeeters are all the way down on both jack and motor trim while cursing around looking. Get use to it and just keep everything down. If you are going to put the peddle to the metal then let her go all out until you get ready to stop then put it all down again. That is the way it is.


Yep!

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#12822183 - 07/09/18 08:39 PM Re: FX 21 Porpoising? [Re: PettyBigBass]
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My ZX250, hopped with the best of them if I had any trim at all while running below 3000rpm.. Once I learned to keep the trim all the way down until I hit 3000rpm, and then add trim, that boat was smooth, fast and stable. Just learn to drive your boat and find the "sweet spot", you will really enjoy it
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#12822287 - 07/09/18 09:38 PM Re: FX 21 Porpoising? [Re: PettyBigBass]
Bobby Milam Offline
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Registered: 07/13/14
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Loc: Arlington
I always hear the skeeters coming a mile away with that slap. I always wonder how it feels in the boat when it is doing that. Seems like it would be annoying at the very least if not uncomfortable.

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#12822302 - 07/09/18 09:50 PM Re: FX 21 Porpoising? [Re: PettyBigBass]
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Can't hear a thing Bobby. Smooth as silk. Great ride.
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#12822357 - 07/09/18 10:44 PM Re: FX 21 Porpoising? [Re: PettyBigBass]
Jeremy Whitson Offline
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Registered: 05/26/10
Posts: 370
Loc: Lake Texoma
I have had two skeeters a 16 fx21 and now a 17 fx21 it gets real bad when u fill the livewells up. I have a atlas jackplate and tried several props my partner has a 17 zx250 u cant drive these boats under 30 without the hop im on my last bug for sure. Bty my 16 got replaced due to stress cracks and the the floor was creaking like i was gonna fall thru.

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