Cougar 21 setup - Transom
I have a Cougar 21, 22” transom and we have a Mercury 225 Optiamx XL (25" shaft) that needs a home.
The boat will be used for complete recreational purposes and water-skiing. I understand my options are as follows:
1) Change shaft length - Advised best option
2) Mount on the lowest hole + jack plate to have between a c3-4 inch raise - Will increase stress on transom and increasing the height of the engine block.
3) Build up the existing transom – Expensive and still won’t overcome the lifting the height of the engine block.
I know 'Lars' had a P21 with a with 225 XL wondered if he encountered any problems. I appreciate the best option would be to change the shaft, but bearing in mind this is for a recreational use does anyone have any thoughts of running the Cougar with a jack plate should I be concerned about the transom??
If changing the shaft length is the only realistic option, does anyone have a 20" shaft for sale?? I assume I need a mid-section and bottom box.
Thanks in advance.”