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    jack plate question

    Hello, Im looking to put a jack plate on my 19.5 feet Javelin 396 and was wondering what "inch" plate would be best to run on it. The boat is powered with a 150hp outboard as well and currently has no jack plate.

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    My guess would be a 6" at most.

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    Is a manual fine? due to budget constraints unless I find a great deal
    I dont fish a lot of really shallow water if that helps

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    Manual will be fine if you just want to set it to top end or best hole shot but you have to pick one or the other. As the other will be slightly compromised some.

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    Is a cmc a good plate to go with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lane44 View Post
    Is a cmc a good plate to go with?
    I never had one but they have been around for awhile. They certainly are not the worst. I would look at the rapid-jacks if considering a manual.

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    Are slidemasters any good to go with?

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    #8
    You also can get more specific info down under the boating section. Javelins are now combined with the Stratos boats section I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lane44 View Post
    Are slidemasters any good to go with?
    I think they are okay and Skeeters use to use them a lot. I have heard a few issues with those but that can happen with any of them really.

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    I gotcha If I were to mount talons to the jack plate does it need to be pre drilled?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lane44 View Post
    I gotcha If I were to mount talons to the jack plate does it need to be pre drilled?
    Doesn't have to be but would make things easier if using side mounts. You can also use a sandwich mount but I wouldn't recommend that type but just giving you options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lane44 View Post
    I gotcha If I were to mount talons to the jack plate does it need to be pre drilled?
    No. The talon mounts drill pattern will work. Go with 6” Slidemaster or CMC can’t go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1MagicStick View Post
    My guess would be a 6" at most.
    6" IF your steering/throttle cables are long enough

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    Anglers choice had 8" black Slidemaster for 125$ shipped I ordered one for a friend's Stratos. Nice unit for the price

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    You can search link below for info as well.

    http://www.bassboatcentral.com/setupslibrary7.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by lane44 View Post
    Is a cmc a good plate to go with?
    No. I don't care what boat you are putting it on. Junk.

    There isn't a generic answer as to the setback you need. It is very model dependent. Unless the people answering you here know about your year and model boat, their answers may or may not be good for you. I would start at some Javelin owners page if something like that exists. Depending on the hull, transom, and any built-in setback, you may need a bigger or smaller jackplate. If the other guys here are answering cause they know the specifics on your boat, great, but you should know that before you spend your money.

    The manual vs. hydraulic is a personal choice and also may be model dependent as to whether it's worth it. Some boats, you can set a manual in a sweet spot and have good holeshot and top end. Others you may have to sacrifice one for the other. With a hydraulic, there is no sacrifice. If you need to move it for one or the other, just do it.

    Like someone said, there may be new cables and/or hydraulic hoses involved depending on what you have for slack.

    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lane44 View Post
    Are slidemasters any good to go with?
    SlideMaster is a top notch manual jackplate. Look under the Swap and Sell section, or check with RandR Design for a new one.
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    Thanks everyone for the help, I will probobaly go with the slide master from anglers choice

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    Set the jack plate to the sweet spot for your hull and every boats is different even exactly same boats. Start at about 3-1/2" prop 2 pad and come up from there 1/4" per run till you lose water pressure or speed than drop back to the previous setting. You have to take it a little too far to know where it is.

    After you find the sweet spot for your hull then dial in the prop to get the hole shot and rpms you want to turn your motor at WOT. Vented props make that job a lot easier with very little compromises.

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