Category Archives: Boating Related Articles – Set-up and Restore

Slippery Performance – Propeller Design and Operational Facts

Welcome to the first of several boating set-up and discussion articles that I plan to add to this Public Service Articles platform. These are being added as a public service to readers who can’t find the odd facts and principals affecting boating performance questions. I’ve spent 50 years wondering and searching for “What/Why boats and motors do and don’t do while in the water”. I hope you’ll enjoy these and will share the links. While this is a motorcycle tools site, I have been a boating enthusiast for almost as many years as a motorcycling nut!

Slippery Performance is an article that I wrote for Bass & Walleye Boats magazine and their May 2000 issue. It was also my first paid journalism gig!

Stressing Out Your Transom – Discussion and Dynamics of Transom Stress

Stressing Out Your Transom is an article that I wrote for Bass & Walleye Boats magazine and their March 2001 issue. I defined many of the terms used in set-up and discussions about jackplates, bolts, setback, transom stress, and leverage. The research took me several evenings at the Clemson University Library along with several phone calls to bolt suppliers, boat companies, and a structural engineer for the physical properties and math behind the leverage variations. These were questions that I wanted answers for, but could not get them from the forums, magazines, or books. My mission was clear – Go find those answers for myself and others. I hope you’ll enjoy and share! Gordon