After doing my due diligence and attempting Plan A and B Just before attempting plan C (thanks Phil UFG) Plan A became doable. Since I needed to have other work besides just hanging the motor I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Steve the builder of Ameracat Boats. For that I have to blame Renegade 69. Frank was kind enough to get involved and help me with the process. Not bad for a guy running an off brand little poling skiff...LOL I told Steve what I wanted and to please go over the whole skiff so I could address any unseen issues. Sure enough besides my cabin scuppers the through hull transom plastics needed replacement, my helm had been leaking and needed replacement, I wanted new fuel lines, and I needed both gateways, one for the Xi5 and another for the Mercury to Lowrance. Now all of them seem to work fine. There is one little bug, my speedometer works through the gps so if I leave the gps off the boat, no speedo! The tach works fine and essentially that's all I need. Now the BIG LETDOWN!!! The hole shot. I was shocked when my hat made no attempt to escape my head when I "floored it". It was like Turbo lag in a car, a hesitation and the it just eased up on plane. No head snapping, no roar of the engine just a whoosh and we were moving...FAST. It was no lie, two adults, 1/2 tank of gas, no cooler etc had us moving at 55 mph. I could not mask my disappointment about the hole shot, I guess I kinda whined about it. After talking with Frank and Steve I am going up in diameter one size and down in pitch to a 21 to see if that gives me that thrill back and I lose my hat. It may just be that with the 4 stroke I will have to deal with a much kinder and gentler hole shot...LOL I was running 50 mph from the ramp to the house with Renee sitting next to me and neither one of said "WHAT?" ONCE...LMAO THAT'S QUIET!