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Captain Jim Ross is a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and
owner of Fineline Fishing Charters in Rockledge, Florida near Cocoa
Beach . He is a second generation native and full time fishing guide who
is on the productive waters of East Central Florida near Orlando over
250 days a year. Captain Jim's understanding of the feeding habits and
migratory patterns of the fish he pursues in the Mosquito Lagoon and
surrounding waters throughout the year has made him one of the most
respected fishing guides in Florida.
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On a jackplated Pathfinder 22, or 24, with a big motor (200-300), the best speed and rpm should be found with the OFX4 by running a combination of jackplate elevation AND relatively less trim. Most Pathfinder folks who have come to us over the years, come to us with Yamaha Pro, SWS, and other props that are not designed for elevated motor heights. On those Paths, those folks have been trained by their props NOT to use their jackplates because their props won't take it, so their best speed and rpm is found with the jackplate down and the motor simply trimmed out. If you do that with the OFX4, it will shoot a lovely rooster tail, but it will probably not achieve its best possible rpm and speed, and also, be inefficient and hard to steer. Consequently, those folks will have to relearn how to drive their boats, since they will, now, have the capability of using their jackplate, not only, on holeshot, but at speed, as well.
Since the OFX4 can handle the elevation and it's a big enough wheel to carry the boat, we'll run it up on the jack and let the prop carry the boat on the tips. The way I teach those customers is to have them run a series of four runs, starting from a dead stop with the jackplate set, and only playing with the trim, and not the jack, during the run (using a GPS, their trim gauge, their tach, and a note pad). Run number one is with the jackplate down, run number to the jack is at 1", run number two at 2", and so on,¿that way, we can get them to run the entire trim range at every motor elevation up to about 4". Otherwise, they'll just go out and jack'n'trim and trim'n'jack all over the place, which means that they will never be able hit every combination, but worse, still, never be able to repeat it, so they'll never find the sweet spot, if it exists. During the run they simply trim the motor, one bump at a time, until the speed, not the revs, stop climbing, and simply note the trim angle (using the trim gauge) and the rpm at that jackplate height. Once done, they should slow the boat down, trim it under, stop the boat, raise the jack one inch, and repeat. What they should find is that the rpms and speeds should gradually increase, as the jack comes up, but of course, at a point, it will plateau and go the other way, indicating that the jack is too high.