Vector/Merc 200 Setup

Hello randy I have just bought a 2003 200 hp 20 in, merc I have a 1980 vector with Teleflex dual cable steering, hot foot, trim on wheel. I am not sure how to set it up. I don’t think I should use a jackplate. Will I need a nosecone? If so what kind do you think is best? Would I need low water pick up. Also what transom height would be best and solid motor mounts. Also what prop - would like to see speeds around 80 mph or more. I already have a ski prop for it but would like to go fast……..sure be thankful for the advice,  Greg



    A few years ago, I setup a Vector very similar, mounted the motor in the 5th hole on the transom. Solid motor mounts are an absolute must - no exceptions. If you do not have them, don't even try it. We ran your standard Bob's Machine Shop nosecone with torque tab and I ran a 30 inch Cleaver propeller. This boat would run over 90 mph. You could run an in-line 30 pitch Chopper or any Hoss Triton propellers.

    Seeing 80 mph would actually be quite easy, just with very simple setup the boat would run 80+ mph. The reason for no jackplate is that the boat is so small and short and the motor is 100 lbs. heavier than the boat was designed for.

    Just keep the weight close to the center of the boat and you should be "good to go". 




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