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  • Writer's pictureDave LeGear

Podcast Episode #9 with Steve Pelini of BMS!

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With one of my favorite updates for your Outboard, the True Tracker Plate.

Great Hydrofoil / Stabilizer from Bob's Machine Shop

I have tested and used this one personally since 2002 and have written about it in the past as it has several key advantages...

  1. Metal Construction (not plastic that can move when under pressure)

  2. It has a smaller footprint and is not some B-52-sized wing that simultaneously creates lift and not a lot of drag, as many designs could.

  3. It is excellent for keeping the low-speed bow wandering down while crawling up a no-wake zone. Its extra small rudders help negate this condition on many hulls, even those with an Engine Flats Jack installed.

  4. This is a good price point / ROI (Return on Investment) since you can launch the boat quicker and keep her on a plane at lower speeds. Fuel savings alone: once you get a feel for the new Skiff's handling characteristics with the (usually) less trim angle of attack needed, you might be able to keep your current Prop that might not work as well as desired instead of spending hundreds more for a new one. That is (as I found) I could even buy the one I wanted. Supply Chain issues again / still...

You should keep it near the very top of your upgrade list!

They now come in various colors to help match the color of your lower unit and look very close to OEM in color matching your lower unit.

Great Hydrofoil / Stabilizer from Bob's Machine Shop

Here are a couple of tips that the installation instructions do not tell you that will make it even easier to put on...

1. Take the prop off; there is much more clearance to use the drill that way.

2. Have a couple of small C Clamps handy (they do tell you that), but make sure you put something in the jaws of them so you do not mar up any of the paint either on the new plate or your lower unit.

3. You will need a pretty short Philips screwdriver to reach the screws when you go to tight it down.

4. When you mount it, An extra set of hands will come in handy. I was fine holding it in place and even running in the screws, but when I went to go and put in the flat and lock washers, I did not have enough hands.

You can find out more about and order the one for your engine by clicking on any product pictures above.

Or, you can reach BMS at these contact points below:

Bob's Machine Shop 8802 E Broadway Ave Tampa, FL 33619 USA Hours :Mon-Fri 8am - 5pm EST General info: Tech:

Phone: 813-247-7040

The product support team at BMS is fantastic to work with if you have any Technical questions before or after you order one. Steve Pelini and I discussed this product and several quality BMS products in Episode # 9 on the Podcast page. Also found on our YouTube channel by clicking below:

So, try this one, and let us know how it worked for you on your Skiff or Boat. 😎

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Tight Lines, and God Bless!

Dave and the Team

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