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    14ft boat 120 hp

    Hello

    Im planning of putting a 120 hp looper for a 14.3 ft glastron jetflite copy.

    setup will be:

    -evinrude 120 hp 1988 ( not sure about the prop. yet )
    -4-6'' manual jackplate
    -hotfoot throttle
    -low water pickup
    -teleflex nfb steering

    transom is going to be reinforced and the hull will be fixed & painted

    toughts ?

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    Don't hit any waves. I remember a friend putting a 140 looper on a 15 Glastron. One run and it had a hole the size of a basketball in the bottom.

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    sounds scary well like I said the hull is a copy of glastron, so I think its much stronger build. It has a fiberglass hollow core stringer instead of the wooden one's. And the laminate is pretty thick.
    There was hole on the bottom when i bought it, maybe hit of a rock. But its fixed now.
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    Make sure all the wood is still solid. R&R if need be. blue printing the bottom is always a big plus.

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    Watch out for chine walk! It's gonna be handfull to drive over 50 or 60 mph with that hull.

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    I think it sounds like it should be fun. I don't think I would run any setback on it if it were mine. As mentioned above you will have chine walking and it will be a handful but get some seat time in it and you'll be fine.
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    Bobs makes a convertible jack that'll give you less than 3" setback. Slidemaster also makes a 3" but it's way to heavy for a V4 boat. You're going to need a plate and low water pickup to get it up high. If you try to run it buried on the transom it'll be an ill handling miserable chine walking bitch. Don't get me wrong, with no pad it's always going to be wild but if set up correctly at least it will be controllable.

    Also, stay away from the no feedback teleflex dual cable, its junk. There is a single rack feeding 2 cables and no way to tension it correctly, plus the NFB helm is sloppy. You'll fight it every step of the way. Currently, the old dual cable backmount rack (like the picture below) is pretty easy to find, cheap, accurate, and you can buy new cables for it. Not quite as smooth/serviceable as the Merc Ride guide, but cables for ride guide are nearly non-existent.

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    just for racing (as in APBA OPC closed course), cable & pulley is the way to go. === A "go fast boat" just having fun on the river, a good dual ride guide or something along those lines. You can get a turn buckle type deal that takes most of the "slop" / play out. = chine walk, just keep playing with it little by little and NO you can not "drive through it." It'll take seat time, you'll figure it & the trim out. A blue printed bottom & pad is a big plus.

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    if this is in the uk then you will l guess be using on the sea ? , if so you definitely dont want a pad. and get the heavy duty jack plate as the
    lightweight ones will not stand the constant pounding in uk waters.
    heard of tons of them breaking up when used in the solent, and that's not even a mega rough area in our sea's.
    do put plenty of flotation in the boat, as if you open it up and things get a bit iffy you know its going to take on water, and a sinking is not good for the v4.

    what makes you think the boat is a glastron copy ? again if its here in the uk its probably an old fletcher, as they made the glastrons for Europe and the uk.
    if it is the boat in the top picture then that is a fletcher from early 1970'sand rated for about 50hp, so check the transom is going to be up to the job.

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    To me, it "appears" to be a Glastron or a copy. My reply was APBA - OPC closed course racing. Always done in calm protected waters. I doubt if any light weight, APBA-OPC boat, could or would race in the seas you're talking about. = Your seas sound more like "off shore racing", using 40+ ft, vees (most have pads) & cats, using multi outboards or inboards......... mega money

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    The Glastrons and fletchers were very similar boats, fletcher made boats for glastrons under licence and these were sent out to dealerships in
    the uk and Europe.
    just noticed the original poster lives in finland !! therefore its probably a fletcher made glastron.

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