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Old 03-05-2019, 12:31 PM
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Default 1996 Hewes Lappy Bayfisher 16

So just picked up a super clean 1996 Hewes Bayfisher 16 with an 85 Yamaha. Owned quite a few flats boats and skiffs but this will be my first Hewes and I'm stoked its a Lappy! I've got everything on the boat figured out except for the jackplate.
After looking at quite a few pictures online, it seems that very few of these boats have jackplates installed. Any reason behind this? Porpoising issues? Limited Benefits for the cost?

I have a brand new TH Micro Jacker I was going to use on another project that I thought would be perfect since the its a low HP engine and well within the weight ratings, but it does have a minimum offset of 4". Here is the kicker, I've also got a 6" Bobs (used) laying around I can use as well, its just a bit heavier.

I know from past experience that not every hull benefits greatly from a jackplate setup and wanted to see everyone thoughts before bolting it on and investing in a hydraulic steering system. Any help or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!



Old 03-05-2019, 12:56 PM
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I used to own the exact same boat - loved it - I remember looking into a jackplate and decided against it something about the steering needing to be converted to hydraulic comes to mind.
Old 03-05-2019, 01:23 PM
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Boat ran like it is for 20 plus years,so don't know if it would make it better. Good fine and enjoy.
Old 03-05-2019, 02:55 PM
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Notice! No lower unit on engine:-)

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Old 03-05-2019, 04:34 PM
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Beautiful, congratulations! You might also post the same question on the Maverick Owners Forum. Folks are very knowledgeable and helpful.
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I had a friend with an 18 Lappy and I fished with him a number of times. He had Bob's that seemed to work well at different rpms. I loved those Lappys and wish you luck.
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Great boat! Personally, I wouldn't add a jack plate. The lappy 16s do have a tendency to squat some, even with the lightweight Yamaha 85/90 2-stroke they were designed for. Additional weight aft makes it more pronounced. You'll often see guys doing stuff like moving batteries forward, adding baitwells in front of the console, etc. to help with balance when they repower with heavier motors. My guess is that the added weight of the plate (though not that much in the grand scheme) combined with offsetting your motor 4 or 6 inches aft would have a noticeable effect on attitude at sub-planing speeds.

Plus, as versatile and capable a hull as that is, it's got a good bit of deadrise and doesn't run or pole super skinny. A jack plate might realistically save you two or three inches of draft on plane and allow you to pop up a bit shallower, but that's about it. And it could add an inch of poling draft. To me it doesn't seem like a good tradeoff.
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Thanks for all the advice. Seems to be a pretty solid reasoning behind not adding one. I appreciate everyone’s feedback.

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