This is mostly a FYI (For Your Information) post and not a problem ... not now, anyway. As several of you know, I recently completed rebulding a 1981 Polarkraft (original name) 14 footer .. the first of it's type I've ever owned ... that had been wrecked while being towed on the trailer. Over the past several days, I've played with engine placement settings ... interesting, but not a lot of fun. All my prevous experience is with bigger boats, all of which were either Deep-Vee or Semi-Vee heavy water boats .. this wee critter with it's flat transom and hard chine has proven to be a whole new experience for me. First, I started off with the manual settings of the cav plate about 1 to 1 1/2" below the transom with the engine full down (gotta start somewhere and down makes more sense than up) ... o.k performance, but the rig didn't seem happy. I know that sounds like trash, but it's true .. these things sound right and run right when they are happy .. otherwise, they run, but you can tell there's more in there. Next, I raised the engine 1" ... better running and more top speed, but water was thown as much to the side as behind the rig. Next run was with the engine at the same height , but angled up one notch from full down (only change one thing at a time) ... bear in mind that in the very bottom hole (full under), it planed wonderfully and quickly. Up one notch gave no apparent loss in performance, a bit less water side throw, but .. something still not just right. O.K. ... leave the angle on the transom and raise the engine 1/2" ... :smile2: You're looking at one happy camper. From DIW, smoothly rolling on full throttle brings the bow way up, then within 2 seconds, her bow starts lowering and she sets at a sort of plane for a couple seconds then lowers further to the horizon and plain SCOOTS!!! The point of all this is (for any who are interested and still reading this)... no two boat/engine combinations are alike ... you can go by the manual and get good, safe performance. To locate the "Sweet Spot" where your engine and boat work together as one system to give you the best of both hull and engine takes time, trial and error and patience. I rebuilt her from utter trash and now I like her as much as any I've owned.