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Aullteam
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Planing

Post by Aullteam » Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:40 pm

Took my 99-26x out for the first time. It has a Suzuki DF50A and the motor runs well. I couldn’t get over 9 knots with no ballast and only 2 adults onboard. Anyone have experience with this type of issue?

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Tomfoolery
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Re: Planing

Post by Tomfoolery » Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:14 pm

What was the engine speed at full throttle?
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Re: Planing

Post by Starscream » Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:40 pm

With no ballast and the proper propeller that combo should run at maybe 14 knots, on a plane.

The proper propeller would allow the motor to run at its proper max rpm, probably around 5500 rpm, but research your motor.

Some people equip their motors with high-pitch props to get better economy for low speed cruising, while sacrificing top end speed. If your max rpm was around 4k, then that's very likely the problem.

The good news is props are relatively easy to change.

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Re: Planing

Post by NiceAft » Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:45 pm

So Toms question (RPM’s), when answered, will give a hint to identifying the problem.
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Re: Planing

Post by DaveC426913 » Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:51 pm

In my 2000 X with its Honda 50, and several hundred pounds of gear stowed, I have been able to reach just shy of 14 knots.
  • Prop choice might be an issue.
  • Are you sure you are able to open it all the way up? Mine comes pretty close to banging into the pedestal rail when full out.
  • Throttle cable tuned?
  • Strong current in your neck of the woods maybe? If there's current, try a run in both directions.
  • Fenders up? :)
  • Anchor stowed? :D
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Re: Planing

Post by John Christian » Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:18 pm

:macm: I easily got 15 to 17 mph with my 07 Suzuki 50. No ballast, 2 adults. As others have said likely the prop size, pitch.
I upgraded in 08 to the 70 but i believe the target rpms are the same, 5000 to 5200.

The 50 never would get up on plane with ballast.
Good luck

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