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Look on the clamp brackets on the engine. See if there are 2 bolts, one on each side that have an allen head and a bras nut. If so, remove these stops so that the engine will be able to trim under further and allow you to get on pane.
Yes, it is part 31 in this diagram. At my dealership we remove them all the time to hep with the planing of boats.
Before spending any money on it, or drilling holes into the gear case, I really recommend to remove these stops. it does not hurt anything to allow the engine to get its full range of motion on the trim system.
It does happen. Even at my dealership, sometimes the rigger gets overloaded and just forgets to remove them.
Every Tracker boat from the 175 to the Pro 16, we remove these bolts from to get a better hole shot. Alumacraft may do the same thing
In season when boat sells are good, yes it can get crazy for the guy doing the prop of the boats.
It doe not hurt the engine, the trim system is designed to go that far down. I'm still trying to figure out why Mercury even puts these bolts in the brackets in the first place.
It allows the engine to tuck under just a bit more and that is all that is needed to plane out.
Yes tomorrow is fine. I have a Dr appt in the afternoon, and I may not be around for a bit after that.
It should not stop before those pins. The engine should actually tuck in some, not stop at straight up and down.