I have an opportunity to buy a 1990 115 HP Johnson 25" Shaft w/ a jackplate and hydraulic steering for short money.
Is anyone by any chance running a similar setup on there R1800? I am weary about the jackplate but I will be reinforcing the transom and beefing it up with plates for added strength. I like the idea of the hydraulic steering and the 25" shaft will get the motor up farther out of the water. This also opens the opportunity to make a splash well/guard in front of the motor flush on the transom to help prevent water coming back into the boat in a following seas or in reverse.
How do these hulls perform with a 115HP V-4? Anyone run the setup? The deal on the motor is VERY good with the steering setup and everything but do not want to shoot myself in the foot if the boat is going to be an absolute dog. I am currently running the 130 Hp Evinrude the boat came with when I bought it that has low compression in a cylinder right now. Boat flies and I did not think 15 HP would be that much of a difference but the 130 HP is a bigger block.
What you all think?