Setup for Vector with Bridgeport


Let me first thank you for offering your expertise to myself and all the other boaters on this site trying to set-up their rigs. I have been an avid power boater for the last 35 years and have always had a soft-spot for Hydrostreams....

I currently have a 1981 I purchased last year.... I have replaced the rotten floor, reinforced the transom with additional knees. The boat was already partially set-up as a drag-boat. It has opposing center steering with dual cables, a hot-foot foot-throttle, turn-signal "type" trim switch on the wheel and both the battery and fuel tank are to be mounted behind the drivers-seat and placed in the center of the boat. I have just purchased a 1986 2.4 Litre Mercury Bridgeport EFI racing motor. I have both a manual and a hydraulic jackplate I can install on the boat. My first question is which jackplate do you recommend I install, secondly where should I have the engine height based on the pad of the boat (as you know the engine already has a nose cone with low water pick-ups to allow higher engine mounting heights...I have been in a couple of Vectors and Vikings in the past and those boats always seem to be prone to "chine-walking" once about 65-70mph was reached.

Third...what items can I have done to the engine to improve it's life and performance?

Finally...what type of prop can you recommend for my application..I am strictly looking for top-speed..I have a 28 pitch big-eared Mercury chopper that I can experiment with...

Thank you for your time...



You sound like you’re going the right way with the set up and rigging. You can start with the prop shaft ½” below and see how it takes a set. If too high the engine will pull like it wants to make a right hand turn. The chine walk is a function of you correcting the actions with steering input. It won’t go away – you must control it. Try the chopper and get some first impressions.




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Mark C.


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