Vector Comp

HI Randy,

I have a 1982 vector with a 2.5 200 Merc, 29p Mazco RE, and 6" setback jackplate.  On the boat the tag says comp. Vector.  Does this mean anything more than it came without a windshield?  Are all vectors for competition only?
    This is my first boat I sure know how to pick'em donít I.  I know you are tired of this one but here it is "should I remove my jackplate I do not ski"?

                             Thanx a bunch from a rocket rookie,   crawdad369



Most comp. Vectors did not have a flat floor and had what they call a stringer bottom. Because of this, the structure of the bottom was much stronger. Unfortunately, without a flat floor, using one for regular boating is not the easiest on the feet. Your motor and choice of prop sound good, but if the boat is a true comp and is very light, a little less setback would probably make the boat easier to drive and faster on the big end. You might want to turn the rear plates around on your jackplate (on non CMC models), which would reduce your setback to about 2 1/2 inches. If this is not possible, try to run the battery or the fuel tank right behind the front seats. While not the most attractive, you will not believe the difference in handling because of the balancing effect that this has. Don't be afraid to experiment with weight placement and I am sure you will find a setup that you will like better than having all the weight in the rear. 




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Mark C.


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