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Gator Trax and outboard ??..

Discussion in 'Boats, Blinds, & Gadgets Forum' started by ARguide, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. ARguide

    ARguide Elite Refuge Member

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    Who is running a Gator Trax with a regular outboard?

    Looking at 17x50-54 with a 50-60hp motor. I want yo know how it turns at high and low speeds, how it tracks at low and high speeds with and without current, and what speeds you are running empty and loaded.
     
  2. headshots

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    I run a similar set up 1754 excel. smooth bottom. With an outboard turning at low speed it is fine and i cant even notice it's smooth bottom boat. At high speeds turning it is like drifting a race car. It slides out sideways really bad. Throttle control during the turn will lesson the slide
     
  3. lizard55033

    lizard55033 Senior Refuge Member

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    She'll turn without an issue; just like a Deep V due to her round chines.

    The Excel the other guy posted about has square or tapered chines so it slides alot.
     
  4. ARguide

    ARguide Elite Refuge Member

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    Powder Elite Refuge Member

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    Call Kent down at Gator Trax, he will give you his honest two cents.
     
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    HaydenHunter Elite Refuge Member

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    True fact. He is a straight shooter.

    I have owned 3 GT boats and the round chines provide for slide-free power turns.
     
  7. 70hptiller

    70hptiller Senior Refuge Member

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    Put side guides on your trailer because it will be very difficult to maneuver at idle.
     
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    black dog Senior Refuge Member

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    If your looking and not set on a GT, I've got a Beavertail 1860 in pristine condition that's set up for an outboard, for sale. Gettin it to you isn't a problem if you're interested.
     
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    It's not difficult to maneuver at idle. mine is a little different but not difficult and it's a jacked up tunnel boat too.
     
  10. 70hptiller

    70hptiller Senior Refuge Member

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    You're right: different is a better word than difficult. I had a 1644 go devil with a 50hp on it. It is different then a jon boat with ribs on the bottom, it doesn't track. You can get it done just fine but its something he might want to be aware of.
     

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