Hydro Foil on 350 Mag -- Thoughts??

DS24DS24 Posts: 6Member
I am considering installing a hydro foil on my 232 captiva with a 350 Mag MPI.  Has anyone used used on this size boat and motor and if so, what are your thoughts?


  • randy56randy56 Newburgh INPosts: 2,073Member ✭✭✭✭
    You will not notice that much difference, they work well on smaller craft.
    Boat Name : Knot My Prolem

    2003 - 270
  • zaverin1zaverin1 Saint Clair Shores,MIPosts: 1,199Member ✭✭✭
    Ye junk 
    tabs is all you need with proper prop pitch and size 

  • jhofmannjhofmann ConnecticutPosts: 367Member ✭✭✭
    I agree with zaverin1, tabs are the way to go. They will help you get on plane, maintain plane at lower speeds, and help level the boat. There are high end setups like "Bennett", or less expensive like "Boat Leveler" that came from Rinker on my 2000 FV 242.
  • Lake_BumLake_Bum Flagstaff, AZ Posts: 266Member ✭✭✭
    I have a 232, and love my Lenco trim tabs. I've had hydro foils on other boats, and they are pretty much useless  B)
    2000 Captiva 232 
  • Michael TMichael T Posts: 6,291Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    .....in fact a study done on the use of hydrofoils about 10 years ago by one of the boating magazines concluded for any application except trolling while fishing hydrofoils (fins) caused more problems - drag, reduced mpg, increased stress on propeller thrust bearings, increased stress on drives, gimbal bearings and transoms. NO, NO, NO!
  • shawnmjrshawnmjr Detroit MIPosts: 1,006Member ✭✭✭
    Well looks like its unanomous Don't do it
  • Cableguy GregCableguy Greg Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 3,414Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    I had one on my 1998 232cc w/5.7L/Alpha 1 Gen 2 and I didn't notice much of a difference. If I would have kept the boat, I would have put trim tabs on her.
    2008 280 Express Cruiser, 6.2MPI, B3, Pittsburgh, PA
    Go Steelers!!!
  • Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Holland, MichiganPosts: 4,220Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Go with the Hill Marine 4x4 props!

    2003 342FV "Black Diamond", 350 MAG MPI, 20P 4x4 Props, PC BYC, Holland, MI
  • 69fastback69fastback Gunter, TXPosts: 274Member ✭✭✭
    If you're not wanting to spend the money on Lenco tabs, or something comparable, the Nauticus Smart Tabs work well on my 232 350 MAG. They almost eliminate bow rise, so the boat planes much faster, it rides better, and I gained about 2 MPH on the top end. 
  • FDNY49FDNY49 Flushing, NYPosts: 106Member ✭✭
    Useless-don't waste your hard earned $$$
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