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Is there a rule of thumb to determine the right shaft length for a boat? I have a small fiberglass bass boat.

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There is no set rule of formula that I am aware of.  It all depends on how your boat sets on the water.  Here is a link that might give you some ideas.

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPage?mode=article&objectID=29748&storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId=-1

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Base to the water plus 10-12 " and longer if rough water.

Remember you can raise motor up, at some point it becomes to long.

Garnet

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Shaft length is just the same as it is thrust, get the longest one you can get because sooner or later you 'll need it.

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First time I'm voting for a short shaft..........!

When I had 62" it was super on Lake Ontario,Erie, Simcoe when I went shallow all that shaft was in the way.

So the answer is were you fish.

Garnet

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i want a longer shaft.  if i am in chopy water i have to put the motor all the way down to prevent it sucking air on the rise.  then i have to bend over to drive.

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For what it's worth, Bill Dance says to measure from the water line to the gunnell & add 22".

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For what it's worth, Bill Dance says to measure from the water line to the gunnell & add 22".

Hey, you must of watched the same show I did this morning. ;)

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