Vandal Comp

Randy,
I've got a Vandal comp with a 140 Johnson, and when I get up to about 55 or 60 it wants to start dancing.  Some people say raise the motor up some more, but I don't know. I'd like another opinion.

Robert Necaise, Bay St. Louis, Ms.

 

Robert,  

Having raced and claimed two championships in a Vandal I'd say you’ve got a potential rocket on your hands. It all depends on weight placement, prop type, gearcase shape, and a ton of other variables. For starters I'd run the propshaft at about 1 1/2 inches below the pad. This boat has a lot of lift because it was designed for smaller motors than yours. A good setup is going to be a must and a steering bar - race type steering system would help. Dual cable at the least. Work on moving weight to the middle of the boat, like the battery behind the drives seat for example. This is how we worked on the setup on my past boats. Then if this is your first boat of this type, work up to the walk speed slowly and learn to correct it before going faster. With more detail I could help more, but I hope this gets you started. 

Randy

 

 

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Thanks,
Mark C.

 

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