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Hollada

Hydraulic Jackplate
« on: December 06, 2017, 07:47:02 PM »

Rather than hijack another thread, I created a new one.

I am curious why some think a hydraulic jackplate is a must have.  Is it mainly for getting on plane in shallow water and for getting a better bite in rough water?
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Re: Hydraulic Jackplate
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2017, 08:53:31 PM »

Rather than hijack another thread, I created a new one.

I am curious why some think a hydraulic jackplate is a must have.  Is it mainly for getting on plane in shallow water and for getting a better bite in rough water?

For me its mostly the rough water ride. I've had a few boats with out them. My last boat was my 1st with one and its a world of difference in rough water handling. I won't own another boat with out one.
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Re: Hydraulic Jackplate
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017, 08:57:40 PM »

Like you said you can drop it to take off in rough water with it all the way down then bring it up to run.  More of a down south thing where you are running a long way on smooth water.  You can pick up a couple miles an hour due to less resistance in the water.  It does affect boat handling. 

 You may not have noticed but I had mine way up when we were going into the hot ponds due to the shallow water.   You have to watch to make sure you have water pressure as you can come up high enough to get the intake out of the water.
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Re: Hydraulic Jackplate
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017, 06:07:41 AM »

It saves a lot of long idles in shallow water for me so I waste a lot less time in tournaments. I don't need much water to pop up on plane anymore.  Improved handling and rough water ride are major benefits too. It is definitely nice to adjust motor height to conditions with the pull of a lever.

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Re: Hydraulic Jackplate
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2017, 09:13:23 AM »

Would like to see the statistics of guys that actually use the jackplate for performance reason.   Kind of like Side Imaging and Power Poles.  Fished a whole season in a boat with poles.  Only time we used it was at the boat launch.


I know guys with 3-- Huge Depth Finders that are dock fishermen.  And darn good ones at that.
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Re: Hydraulic Jackplate
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2017, 12:50:26 PM »

Steve is right. I have hydraulic jack plate and I rarely use it. Mainly I use them to get the right engine height and then I keep it there. Occasionally remember to raise them in shallow water - not very often.

I do use my power poles and large screens much more frequently and get more value out of these.

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Re: Hydraulic Jackplate
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2017, 01:50:24 PM »

Terry,

Do you think if you had an ultrex (assuming you don’t) that you’d use your poles a lot less?
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Re: Hydraulic Jackplate
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2017, 08:19:05 PM »

I use mine alot. Buddy doesnt have to get on bow to get on plane when shallow. Also use it when st clair gets rough. Lower it to keep prop submerged.
Poles and Ultrex both have uses.  Try bed fishing in the wind/current with an Ultrex
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Re: Hydraulic Jackplate
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2017, 08:51:49 PM »

Don't know since I don't have them but the poles are great for bed fishing and I assume Ultrex would be just as good and even in better in deeper water...

Terry,

Do you think if you had an ultrex (assuming you don’t) that you’d use your poles a lot less?
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Re: Hydraulic Jackplate
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2017, 06:07:56 AM »

Having been in Dan's boat with the Ultrex and another boat with the Motorguide version the one thing that has to be accounted for is wind direction.  The boat will " Weathervane " when the spot lock is engaged.  I do see the Poles working better in that situation.   The Ultrex was nice fishing river current.

Being an Old Pensioner I can't justify the cost of either.  I will just have to keep my old Maxx running. 
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Re: Hydraulic Jackplate
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2017, 11:29:29 PM »

Steve you need power poles like Baker's.  U-bolt and some PVC pipe
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Re: Hydraulic Jackplate
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2017, 06:24:24 AM »

Steve you need power poles like Baker's.  U-bolt and some PVC pipe

I made one about a week after I say Jim's.  It did come in handy when I did my Bed Fish Video. 
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Re: Hydraulic Jackplate
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2017, 09:27:48 PM »

I have talons, ultrex and a hydraulic  jackplate. If I could chose one it would be the ultrex.... that being said I would never have another boat without a jackplate. Hole shot is significantly better and gives you piece of mind running in shallow water. Rough water and better fuel economy are another two huge benefits.
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Re: Hydraulic Jackplate
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2017, 01:16:09 PM »

Adding a JP to my boat changed everything about it. Faster on plane, better rough water ride, picked up 7 mph. I use it constantly depending on water conditions. I use it idling in rivers to so i can keep the boat flatter with it all the way up instead of using the tilt and forcing the ass end of the boat down into the water.
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