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Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Southeast Pa 5D
I made the mistake of buying a 15 ft Carolina Skiff with a 20 hp fourstroke Mercury on it, both brand new. Took over 100yds to get the boat on plane, if I was the only one on board. With my wife on board, could not get on plane.
Solved it by having a 30hp Etec installed, and it "jumps" on plane, no matter who's on board with me. New problem is I only use it on the Delaware River now. If I could go back, here would be the plan.
Get an aluminum boat of about 14' or 15' with a 2 cyl outboard, of about 18>20hp. That keeps the ability to plane, enough room to fish, and the 2 cyl has more ooomph to get it on plane quickly. Used to have a 15' Dura just as I just described, and wish I never sold it.
Remember.... they're full time deer......we're part time hunters!