Vegas XT Setup

Hi Randy,

I just bought a 20' Vegas XT with a 200 Black Max, Hyd. Jack plate, Tilt. All the previous owner knows is the prop is a stainless steel speed prop. The boat upon take off stands straight up then over revs and I have to feather the throttle to get it going full speed.  Is there a way to tell what kind of prop I have by measuring it? Do you think I have the wrong prop on there?

The boat at full throttle and trimmed walks like crazy. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

The boat doesn't seem to corner as well as the old 21' Checkmate my friend had. What's special about this hull design?

I want to be able to ski with it but am not sure how I'll get the skier out of the water while trying to plane it out and not over revving it.

Any set up tips?





Based on your description, I think you have a chopper prop.  For your combination and the uses you are describing that you want to use it for, I would suggest getting one of the new trophy four blades.  Probably a 24 or 25.  This would be a good all around propeller.  It will also drive a little easier.  The XT needs to be trimmed down to turn anywhere near the old Checkmate you are talking about.  You need to get the hull in the water to make it turn as the Hydrostream tends to glide over the water and the Checkmate tends to go through it.  Try to locate the four blade prop and I think your skiing and handling woes will go away while maintaining a very good top end.   




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Mark C.


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