Manual Jackplate or not 17 ft AC
Hey all, I am new to the forum and just purchased my first Action Craft. It's a 1989 17.5 Bayrunner. I am currently re-powering it and have a manual (pro-Hijacker) jackplate not being used in my garage. The Motor being used is a 1997 Johnson 115 60 degree v4 (roughly 315 lbs) the boat has a stainless steel cavitation plate and those non-powered (on shock things-non adjustable on the fly) trim tabs, will have 4 batteries in back (trolling and regular)
Should I use the Jackplate? It will give me 6" setback. Not worried about top speed. I will be fishing shallow with a buddy only using one baitwell. Concern will be that the weight leveraged further rear will reduce, not help my shallow water ability. What improvements/tradeoffs can I expect.