Why a JackPlate?

Why a JackPlate?


A jack plate will compensate for a long shaft engine!

Does Your Boat Need a Jackplate? For this one, we consulted our network of industry professionals. Their responses were all varying degrees of a resounding YES. But how can you tell if your boat would benefit from a jackplate? What are some of the symptoms?

  • Poor Holeshot
  • Your outboard’s not perpendicular (straight up & down) in relation to the water at top speed.
  • If you can trim the engine all the way up without the prop letting go or with no appreciable loss of water pressure at full throttle.
  • The hull doesn’t seem to “lift” like it should.

Boats rigged with jackplates, but otherwise identical to yours, turn higher-pitch props and perform better

Keep in mind that these characteristics can also be indications of other, more serious problems, but if you’re experiencing any or all of the above, your boat could be a good candidate for a jackplate implant.

Review from 2006 Bass & Walleye Boats Magazine


If you are needing to lower your engine into the water you won't need a JackPlate since they only raise engines. A Drop Down Plate is the plate best suited for lowering engines, click here for more information

If you still have questions as to whether a jackplate will work for you, contact our engineering and support team:

Email: support@vancemfg.com

Phone: 1.931.425.6820