I have a Caribe L9 with a 9.9HP (BF9.9D SHSA). The engine
weighs 102.5 lbs, plus oil
. It does ride bow up, and requires coming off plane gently to keep water
from coming over the transom. I've never had water
inside the engine
powerhead housing. I haven't added any aftermarket bits.
I tie the gas tank all the way forward to the inside eye in the bow. I sit as far forward as I can (I also weigh about 160#); I don't currently have an extender.
It does take some reasonable care when coming off plane to manage the wake, but nothing that seems extreme to me.
I do have the transom angle bar on the engine mount set all the way down.
I like the engine, but wouldn't buy an L9 again -- too squirrelly on plane.
sail fast, dave