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  • moultdkdj
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    Here is a video of my boat cruising with zip Wake activated.

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  • moultdkdj
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    Ok here is an update on this project. I was having some cavitation issues when first throttling up, I figured this was probably my fault since I didn't stay within the manufactures specs on distance from props.
    I was fine with the outer interceptors, but I new I was only 3" away from the props on the inside interceptors, the manufacture says they need to be 4" from props.
    I disconnected the inner interceptors and took the boat out. With 1 to 2 footers I hit the throttles and the boat planed under 4 seconds, and no cavitation. I really couldn't tell the difference by not having all four interceptors working, so I probably didn't need the inner ones. I was still able to stay on plane at low speeds and the system still adjusted for role.
    I will know more if the inners aren't necessary when I have a full fuel tank and more people on board.
    So it looks like for this boat model I think the 450 chine interceptors would be enough. I did talk to Atlantic Marine and they are checking to see if I can just swap out the front covers with intermediate interceptors that do not require a minimum distance from the props.

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  • MDR3055
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    That is impressive! Were you able to be on plane at 2700rpm before? I have a 3055, '99 vintage. Twin 305s as well. Anything under ~3500rpm and I'm falling off plane. I feel like I have read that is most people's experience with this boat, in regards to planing. Can't wait to hear more.

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  • moultdkdj
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    Ok I launched the boat today and had a short 6 mile cruise to my dock. took longer then usual but the lake was a bit rough, 3 to 4 footers in a head sea.
    I got out of the river and eased the throttles forward, I had very little bow rise as the zip wakes automatically fully deployed. I have to say my boat has never jumped up on plane this fast, especially in rough conditions, I cruised the entire way at 16 mph at 2700 rpm, I never had to stand and the boat never fell off plane. according to my fuel flow meters I was burning 15 gallons an hour.
    Tomorrow should be a nicer lake and I can't wait to see how these thing do on a nice lake. I feel it took less power to get on plane, and I had perfect sight line the entire time.

    So my first impressions are holy s### I freaking love these things. Now time will tell if they are worth the investment, but if they can make my boat handle this much better in rough seas then I'm very happy with the performance of them. I will of course keep giving updates as I put more hours on.

    Oh I forgot to mention not only did they maintain perfect pitch, but they also kept the role to a minimum.

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  • fritzman
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    Great, I am on pins and needles to hear of the running and fuel savings.

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  • talman
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    Can't wait to hear about the seatrial

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  • moultdkdj
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    I finished the install today, except repainting the transom. But I will do that when the boat gets closer to launch date. The install was simple and took a total of 12 hours including removing old tabs and filling holes.
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  • moultdkdj
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    Everything came yesterday, hopefully start install next week.
    Just started buffing the boat out yesterday, even though I want to start on this project I will finish what I started first.

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  • fritzman
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    Thank you that will be great, my thought that most of Bayliners stern drive boat need a bit of help lifting the stern.

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  • moultdkdj
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    Originally posted by fritzman View Post
    moultdkdj, very Interesting, could you give us the time for installation?
    Will do, I just ordered everything this morning. I am going with the 450 chine interceptor kit, and adding 2 300 interceptors inside of drives.
    I will take photos and keep track of how long it takes me to install. And of course add updates when the boat goes in the water.

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  • fritzman
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    moultdkdj, very Interesting, could you give us the time for installation?

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  • moultdkdj
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    Thanks Tally, I really appreciate you copying and pasting his post. I will post my results this season.

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  • talman
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    He reports after a year high satisfaction.

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  • talman
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    Well...today I fitted the Zip Wake interceptor trim blades and went out for a 1 hour trial. They work. In fact they work very well. Even though it was a quick run in calm waters, compared to the traditional trim tabs, I cruise at the same speed I was before, but at 100rpm's lower. I did not compare before and after fuel use but that's always a moving target and at 100rpm's I am anticipating maybe a 3-4% improvement.

    And in Auto-Pitch control there is less...pitching.

    With Auto-Roll turned on I was unable to see how it performs in a sea-way because of the calm conditions although I did cross my wake as many times as I could and there is a definite improvement in the roll in that it stabilises faster. And when making a full turn it does so in a tighter arc but with less angle. And again stabilises faster.

    It was very easy to install and the instructions are so Swedish. One big piece of paper with very concise and clear and uncomplicated instructions. The user manual is also very intuitive. It's almost Apple-like I suppose.

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  • moultdkdj
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    Thanks Tally,
    Unfortunately Meridian club requires me to set up an account. It would of been nice if the Cleveland boat show would of had them, but I guess the show just isn't big enough anymore to attract a lot of vendors.
    I have been in contact with the company and I think we have come up with the right set up for my boat. I'm hoping to get this project done this year, I am behind this year and haven't even started getting the boat cleaned up, hoping to start next week, that way I still have some time to get this done.

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