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Jackplates allow improved performance in bass boats, raising the prop to maximum height for reduced drag, improving speed as well as fuel economy. What's more, the setback also effectively lengthens a boat. Setting the motor farther back should improve the ride in a chop coming at the bow.
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Another benefit of a jackplate is that the outboard can be used as a makeshift Powerpole over sand bottom; just drop it down until the skeg sticks in the sand and the boat is anchored. LED gauges connected to the jackplate allow checking the elevation of the prop at a glance.
Installing a jack plate on your boat for the outboard can allow your boat to go faster. A jack plate will lift your engine up in the water and bring your propeller closer to the surface of the water. As a greater part of your engine is now out of the water. There will be less drag force on the boat.
When you have a jack plate that’s set up and away from the transom, this will significantly help with the handling of your boat. When you’re putting your engine as far down as the jack plate will allow this helps give the propeller more traction in the water.
Setback can also give you a better hole shot by increasing the mechanical advantage (like a fulcrum) the motor has on your boat. Explained another way, it has more leverage to put you on pad quicker. Lastly, a jackplate can pick up or lower your motor.
The power jack plate outboard motor bracket gives you the ability to adjust your outboard boat motor up or down, for better out of the hole shots or better top end speed, better fuel efficiency, and more prop clearance in shallow water.
The best solution I found was get a lower pitch prop and then add cup to it which increases the bite and the pitch. About 6 in. of set back with a jackplate also helps quite a bit. With a heavily cupped prop and setback I was able to run higher than my water pickup would work so be careful. I have a solution for this problem also.
I do not jump my boat up on plane in skinny water as I don't like the destruction it does to the grass. I raise the jackplate lower the trim tabs and accelerate gradually. I don't notice a great difference in top end speed with my jackplate. If I had to chose jackplate vs trim tabs I would take trim tabs at least for the BR230. I have both.
The steering always is easy to the right and requires two hands to the left. If I trim out more then 4-7 clicks on the trim button then the boat will begin a porpoise. If switching to a 6 or 4" jackplate would help the porpoising then I would do it and sell the 10" to a bassboat guy or something.
Almost every tr-186 will be setup with a 6" jackplate, 23" tempest+ prop. This boat will literally JUMP out of the hole when there is a very light load. Full load, heavy fuel and full livewells, you're doing good if you can get on plane without your passenger having to lean up on the front deck.
Hence the development of jack plates for outboard motors. A jack plate installs on the transom, and the outboard motor is mounted on the jack plate. Raise the plate and there's less of the outboard motor's lower unit in the water. This reduces drag and improves efficiency.