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i just took out my 87' chamion bass boat and it did not plane well or at all.  i was simply wondering what is the way to fix that?   do i have to be at a certain speed?  i am just looking for some info to start my research. thx

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I don't know anything about your boat other than it isn't planing. Did it ever come on plane for you? Is this a new boat to you or have you had it for some time now?

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sorry for the lack of info.   but i just purchased it.  i got the motor checked out and took it out today. i am new to larger boats, and i read some other peoples questions about planing.  they were talking about jack plates and different sized props.  i never went WOT with my boat , but i  dont know how fast i have to go to plane out.  it is not really a "problem" but i was trying to gather info now if it does become an issue.  thx

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Like was already said try playing with the trim and throttle. If that doesn't work come back with an update. I'm sure someone will be able to help from there.

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You need to learn how to operate it before you even think about jack plates and prop changes.

The procedure is to trim the motor all the way down and move the throttle quickly to the WOT position until the boat is on plane and then trim out a little until the steering gets easier. After that you can decrease the engine rpms to a confortable level. After you get used to doing that, you can start trimming out as the boat comes close to getting on plane and do your trim and throttle adjustments. At some point you will learn how slow your hull can go and stay on plane.

Slowly accelerating is not the procedure to get a heavy boat on plane.

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I have a question. WTH are you doing in a boat without some instruction on the operation. Great way to hurt yourself as well as anyone in the area. Please get some instructions and on the water tips before you hurt yourself and anyone else. Boating is serious business, if in doubt, check out the fatalities in your area each year.

The questions you have are boating 101. You should not be behind the wheel without someone getting on the water with you and giving some tutoring. I bet you did not crawl in a car and start driving down the highway.

If you think I am coming down on you , you're right. Get some help. Three have been killed in the Houston area this last week on the water. It can and does happen in a heartbeat.

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Questions, 1) did the person that sold you the boat take you for a ride, 2)If not would he, 3) Have you operated a planing hull before, 4) How big is the boat and what is the motor size? I would assume the boat and motor are properly sized so you just need to learn to operate the rig SAFELY.

If you have a buddy that has a step hull boat have him take you for a ride in your boat. If not can you hire someone?

These things are not toys and they can be dangerous to you and others. When I go my first go fast boat I was amazed at how much further it coasted after you chop the throttle. WEAR YOUR KILL SWITCH LANYARD.

There is a book "the Bass Boat Bible" by Warren Betz that is pretty good. The other posts are pretty much right on target. You sure as H don't need to be thinking about jack plates and different props. Learn to drive what you have first.

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Here is an example of people not knowing or just being stupid.

I have been in the Dallas area all week fishing and on Lake Grapevine last weekend a fool was standing in the bow at night when another boat cut them off. The operator cut back on the throttle and of course the man on the bow went over the front. Prop went right through his head. funeral was this week.

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i just took out my 87' chamion bass boat and it did not plane well or at all.  i was simply wondering what is the way to fix that?   do i have to be at a certain speed?  i am just looking for some info to start my research. thx

You're going to research how to drive a bass boat?

Shouldn't you have done that before you got onto the water with other human beings?    

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