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Jack Plate 7 years 10 months ago #91186

Need a good design for a jack plate. Anybody ever built one???

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 10 months ago #91187

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never built any but I may have one in the back 40, I will not be able to get to it until the snow goes, frog

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 10 months ago #91190

Just google
DIY jack plate, there are several hits that all have fairly decent designs/plans. Several of them are very detailed.

What boat & motor combo?

Note: I wouldn't DIY a plate for a go fast boat or a motor bigger then say a 75hp +/- w/out KNOWING that it'd be able to stand up to the weight, torque & etc a large hp motor will put on it.

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 10 months ago #91204

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There's a place in TN that makes one with minimal set-back (4"), but I can't find their listing right now. This one pops up on the search, not sure the materials to build one would cost you much more than that?

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 10 months ago #91209

My Texas Made Impala is rated to 85 hp. The problem is I have a long shaft Scott Atwater 75 and a short shaft transom. I have already strenthened the transom at several locations so 75 hp will pose no problem.

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 10 months ago #91210

Thaks Frog. Let me know after the white S**T goes away.

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 10 months ago #91211

frogman wrote:

...I have already strenthened the transom at several locations so 75 hp will pose no problem.


I'm sorry I meant knowing the DIY fab'd jack plate would stand up to use w/ a large motor. Since I am neither an engineer or an aluminum fab wizard :)

Mark's ebay link sounds pretty interesting. And much more adjustable then most of the DIY plates you can find thru a google search. He's probably right that it's about the same cost as all the raw materials alone.

If you go straight bolt up, minimal (no) adjustment, you might be a good bit lower for materials. So it's a trade off.....

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 10 months ago #91218

The jack plate will only be used for vertical adjustment. I`m not an engineer either just a guy that has built a couple of boats. Doug Young has one of the aluminum boats my brothers and I built.

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 10 months ago #91228

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I just ordered a new Hi Jacker for $159.00 this morning, including shipping.

www.wholesalemarine.com/t-h-marine-hi-jacker-jack-plate-jp-1a-dp.html?gclid=CM7G8r_eob0CFS1eOgodLx0A5A

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 10 months ago #91237

frogman wrote:

Need a good design for a jack plate. Anybody ever built one???


frogman:

I have never built a jackplate, but we do have a "Bob's Machine Hydraulic Jackplate" on our 1960 Glasspar G-3. We are very happy with it and "Bob's Machine" is an excellent company to deal with. Customer service is excellent. They also sell manual jackplates like the one Mark posted.

I have posted a couple pictures of our unit for you to see below.
BTW,....here is a link to their website if you are interested:

www.bobsmachine.com/main.sc

Frogman, one thing I really like about our jackplate is it only has a 3 7/8" setback which is pretty minimal for these units.
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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 10 months ago #91252

Good looking unit redg3, but that will cost more than I've got invested in the motor. I picked the motor up at the Witcha Falls auction for $40.
I am a low budget (cheap) boater. I`ve only got $400 invested in the whole rig.

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 10 months ago #91253

frogman wrote:

Good looking unit redg3, but that will cost more than I've got invested in the motor. I picked the motor up at the Witcha Falls auction for $40.
I am a low budget (cheap) boater. I`ve only got $400 invested in the whole rig.


Thanks Frogman!

Yes, your right, the jackplate we have is not the cheapest but still of excellent quality. I hear you on being a "low budget boater."

Take care Sir!

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 10 months ago #91269

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frogman, if you can wait until I get to look for it you can have it for postage, just because I like your name. frog

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 10 months ago #91282

You bet I can wait. It has already hit 80F down here in Dallas. I will work on bringing the Scott back to life till I hear from you. I have a Gale/Sea King 35 on the Impala now. It will be exciting to double my HP. Whooo Hoooo.

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 9 months ago #91294

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ok give me some time to let the snow goes, we got 6 inches more in the last 2 days. frog

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frogman, I borrowed a snowmobile yesterday and went out to look at the jack plate. and it was gone. some ass hole stole it on me , sorry. missing a few other parts also. hope I find this pr#ck. frog

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 9 months ago #91395

Man I really hate that you have a problem like that. Down here if we catch the theif at it we are legal to pratice some shooting.
Any way many thanks for trying. New to me, using a snowmobile to check inventory. My place is small enough to chuck a rock across it.
Again many thanks for the effort.

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 9 months ago #91414

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frogman, yes iam lucky. i live 3.5 miles from town and own 80 acres, 50 of them are woods and i have 2 small rivers that run thru. real good hunting, just alot of snow and not much of a summer. frog

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 9 months ago #91439

Where are you at? Dad had 80 acres north of Springfield Mo. The place next to him had a turkey roost that 2ft of droppings under it. Never wanted for good hunting till he passed.

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frogman, iam in north central Minnesota. love living here. I hate big city living. just got back from the twin cities, been down there for 2 days, and have to go back in 3 weeks for more testing. to much traffic and people. frog

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 9 months ago #91535

We`ve got a travel trailer on the Brazos down by Cleburn and get there just about every other weekend. 30+ deer in the local heard that bed down 100ft from our rig.

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Re:Jack Plate 7 years 9 months ago #91561

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Frogman, one thing I really like about our jackplate is it only has a 3 7/8" setback which is pretty minimal for these units.

That's one of the nicer units I've seen John, you did well finding that one! I also love the story about everyone telling you a jack plate wouldn't perform well on your boat, but tried it anyway and it worked out fine. Sometimes you just have to try something different and it works. ;)

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