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  1. fish

    euro

    the euro and motor you are talking about from the show (Helmut's) is heavily modified, 130's is extremely rare for a euro- mid teens is a lot more common. what 2.5 you running? any mods ? what prop? I am running a 96 euro with a Ski bottom, mild mods on a 260 (cut heads and Brendan Power recurved box), sport master, 4" setback, and i am in the mid teens (114 and it was still pulling when i ran out of river but doubt there was more than a couple mph left if that) with a 3 blade ET (dont recall if it was the 30 or the 32 when i did that, probably the 30).
  2. might try Jack Barsh at full throttle powerboats in jacksonville fl.
  3. stainless marine has them. here is the actuator. http://www.stainlessmarine.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=83&category_id=57&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=3 their site dies not seem to be working real well with pics for some reason, but the links are on the left of the page. best bet is to call them dirung the week. btw, leave a little more cable than you think you will need, you dont want to bind it and it is better to be too long than too short. fish
  4. welcome to the site! you will not be disappointed with an stv, there's nothing like them.
  5. i know what you mean, i have a hard time cutting a hole in the boat or adding a thru hull. right now i am leaning towards ziptying the hose underneath the cables that come out on the stbd side cable boot to the motor. i am thinking i will cut the hose off fairly short so it cannot be seen and that way i do not have to add a thru hull fitting but water can still be pumped out just in case.
  6. looks good Anthony, i have been thinking about the bilge idea myself; i like what you did.
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    euro set back

    first of all, congrats on the new euro. As for the 10 inches of setback, it is more than i have heard anyone running on a euro, but I am running 6" and have at times thought it was not quite enough. i talked to ricky (eyelove boats) about his t-3 and he was running 10-12" (way mor than anyone else was running on the t-3)and got some pretty serious numbers out of it. He was a big proponent of more setback for what ever it is worth, but said it had a pretty wicked hop at the bubble. i dont know anyone who has spent more time with different setups on a euro than helmut, might try sendi
  8. fish

    New Ride

    hey rocket mike, welcome to stvowners. Congrats on the new ride, have fun and stay safe. if you need decals, here is who i got mine from. He did a great job, and I am sure others on here can attest to the same thing. he goes by fast eddie, here is his contact info: (765)966-4857 phone (765)962-4858 fax signman817@aol.com ask for Ed. fish
  9. fish

    E-tec

    1650, that is one of the best looking euro's I have ever seen and I am pretty partial to mine!!! thanks for the input on the HO too, I am sure there are many more people here interested on how it runs.
  10. fish

    E-tec

    hey adam, that sounds really cool, put up some pics whenyou get a chance. Here are my thoughts on the prop. I want to qualify this by saying I am winging a lot of this and just really thinking out loud based on my experience and a little speculation. I personally love my 3 blade et. from what I have seen, the people who get the most speed out of their stv's with sporty's are usually running cleavers (helmut, keys dave...etc). cleaver is a stern lifting prop. With the extra weight of the h.o. vs a 260, drag, 280, you might need a bit more stern lift anyway. When I ran my 4 blade et,
  11. fish

    E-tec

    Totally understand and think it would be an awesome combo. I think Ocean marine ran a 3.0L merc on a euro and it ran really well, so I would guess the extra weight of the etec over the 245 would not hurt much if at all, and I would bet that if you ever wanted to break the tripple digit mark it would do it no problem. Looking at your post again, I realize you were not asking about the etec 225, but how it would run on the euro. I love my 260, but there are definitely times when it would be nice to have a basically maaintenance free motor that I could run all weekend on a tank of gas with
  12. fish

    E-tec

    Not trying to make this a ford chevy thing since I really have a a lot of respect for the new BRP offerings and would not have any concerns about owning one despite being very much a merc guy. However, it is my understanding the Optimax is better on fuel economy than the etec. Bass and wall eye showed it in the head to head tests. Both are very good and I have heard nothing but glowing praises for BRP's warranty and customer service. The 225HO is an awesome motor, but so is the optimax. I would think that given the relative parity in performance and fuel with the merc only having a sligh
  13. I have not seen a stv jack built yet, but I run all the time with andy driver, brad, and used to run with skittles all having quartershots. Additionally, Jack repaired my stv. His work is very good, I would put it up there with any other stv out there; mine looked better than it ever did when I got it back as did Skittles after being t-boned by a car, sid vicious with a whole new transom, and ricky after blowing over his t-3 in a race in puerto rico. I am glad FTP is picking up where wally left off, i could not imagine anyone else that would maintain the quality the way Jack will.
  14. I hear ya, and I am sure you can gauge my customer satisfaction level as well.
  15. been there, done that... new fuel pump, new regulator, new filter and low fuel pressure left me on the trailer for the last river ranch. figured it had to be the gauge or sender, but did not want to take the chance. bought a mech gauge and pressure was fine. tach reads 400 higher at idle than ddt shows, gps speedo reads 20 mph all the time. i either have a bad antenna or accidentally bought the omc speedo and it is maxed out LOL fuel and water pressure work ok though.
  16. i want to do the same thing with my steering, just saving up for the pieces. gonna send my gauges back to livorsi too to get them working.
  17. I would love to try one too, I bet it would be a great prop. I can tell you not to waste your money one one of the copies on ebay ... been there, done that.
  18. great pics of some really cool boats, thanks!
  19. fish

    daves boat.

    That is a great looking ride Dave. fish
  20. Are you serious or kidding?
  21. I would install a stainless marine mech trim. I am not sure if there is a trim indicator in the 260 or not, but the merc gauges are not reall acurate IMHO, the mech gauge is. I used to have to turn around and look at my rooster tail to know if i was in the ball park then go by feel. Lost a few pairs of sunglasses looking back, and a couple of times I got a little more trim that I was planning. I still think feel for the boat is the best, but I like being able to glance at the dash and know what ball park I am in with out having to take my eyes off where I am going (my gauge is actually
  22. Not a typo, 89.4 is correct. tons os slip or the 28 bought is really something less, but the speed and rpm's were correct. I agree piroque, it is too bad. There is a thread on S&F talking about the RE3's and some of the folks seem to think the props under 27p hold toogether better, it is just the larger wheels that seem to crack. I cannot say one way or another as mine are 28 and 30 and have not broken yet. I do not run them much though, so that could have something to do with it
  23. yep, here is a bit on the ET from the mercury site including a pic. http://www.mercuryracing.com/products/prop...rs/chopper2.php I got to run with a couple other euros this past weekend. Both were running mazco RE3's(I think 30's). Euro Scott has a 280, 20" 1.87 sportmaster, and had just gotten his prop back from a prop shop reparing a crack. Tom Foleyhas a 260, 20" 1.87 sportmaster, cracked his third RE3 this weekend and is pretty much done with them. The RE3 was my favorite prop until I got my ET (the RE3 is a bit slower and more steering torque), but still use it when I have a cou
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