: > I was given a set of Doel Fins. I have a 90 hp Merc on a 17.5'
: > center console. The merc has trim. Anyone know what these fins
: > might do for me if I installed them?
: 1. *WILL* give better hole shot
: 2. *USUALLY* gives a bit better ride in rough water
: 3. may increase/decrease top speed by 3-5 mph
: 4. may make the boat list to one side or the other at certain trim
: 5. *WILL* reduce the minimum planing speed a bit
: 6. may improve economy... may not.
: 7. *usually* improve handeling at various speeds
Everything here is exactly what I found from my experience. I'm not
sure about 7, but I never really thought to compare. My biggest complaint
is 4, very annoying to say the least. In conclusion, I've had mine
on for two summers and don't plan on taking them off, so I guess the
benefits outweigh the drawbacks, at least on my boat.
If you have a problem with bowrise or planing time, I reccomend them. If
you're satisfied with your boat's performance but are trying to squeeze a
little more free power out of it, I'd say forgot it because you'll probably
end up taking them off.
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