The beam on this boat is 43 inches and is nothing like the colman canoe it's much more stable than a canoe is by far. And you may fall out of it allot easier but my buddies 14X46 jon is not any more stable than my scanoe is and my boat carries 300 more lbs and weighs 97lbs dry.Ever worry about going overboard in that thing? I have an old 16' Colman canoe that I would love to have set up like that but that seems sketchy?
The cavitation plate works to hold the prop at a certain depth in the water-it planes along just under the surface. When it's set up properly you shouldn't have to hold the prop at a certain depth, it will stay there on its own. I personally don't see how you could get the best out of your motor without one, I will usually take a GPS along with me and adjust the plate till I'm getting the best speed and best angle. It's crazy how a 1/16" adjustment in your cav plate can equal a 2-3mph difference in speed.what is the cavitation plate for? what does it do and do I need one?