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  • To Jack or not to Jack?

    Hello Everyone; Hope I get some advice from our experts here…I replaced my 1986 150 HP Black Max (375 lbs) with a 1995 Mercury 115 HP (348 lbs). My hull is a 17’ 1979 Mako. It used to have two live wells on the back as well as a poling platform (I never use it) and I removed the two live wells. Back in 1979 a 115 HP weighed 290 lbs. Now here is my question. I have a solid SS jack plate that weighs 52 lbs. Is it wise to install it to the hull and attach the engine to it? I’m thinking of installing the jack plate because I feel the lower unit sits too low in the water, although when I am moving the cavitation plate sits above/even to sea level. What’s your take?

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    I would say install the jack plate as long as your transom is solid. It does add leverage to the transom with the offset.

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