How do you guys trim the outboard
on your dinghy
At the moment I've got a 2.60m air deck dinghy
with a bit of a V, and a 6hp Yamaha 2 stroke
. The engine
is powerful enough to get the dinghy up on the plane with two adults onboard, and a plenty of shopping
. The dinghy is rated up to 8hp (4 stroke)
On my own it will propel me to over 15 knts. Which feels like the end of the world. It's very skittish, small waves or undulations in the water
will almost throw the user off or bounce them around hard.
The dinghy is very wide for its length. It's 160cm. The tubes are 42cm. I find this a problem as the tubes slap the surface of the water
sending spray everywhere in any wind
. I'd like to trim it with more of a bow up attitude, but that is proving difficult, especially with a transom that angles outwards.
At the moment I have the tilt/trim pin in the third position from furthest out. In this position the bow will raise at least 45 degrees just before getting onto the plane, where it flattens out. The problem is it flattens out too much.
In any other position, closer in or further out, I find the outboard
raises itself out of the water and starts to ventilate.
Am I onto a loser with this or are there any tricks I can use to getting performing as I'd like?