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User Review - Carl from Texas

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Sorry, this write up may be a little long but it is worth the read! I have a 2011 Cimarron 188si (made by Larson), which I purchased in Oct. 2011. This is a fish & ski style boat, with an all fiberglass hull so it is pretty light. Great boat, except this model had almost no control at lower speeds. It wandered from side to side really bad and in neutral it would drift uncontrollably. This made trying to dock the boat almost impossible; I was almost at the point of getting rid of the boat due to these issues. As a last resort I purchased the Uncle Norms Orca Fin.

INSTALLATION:
I purchased the Orca fin which I installed using the no-drill clam set. It installed easily in about 30 minutes. Although, I did have to adjust it later on to make sure that it was perfectly centered as I was a little off to start with. This fin makes control much more sensitive, so I recommend taking the time to get it perfectly straight the first time.

COMMENTS:
After installation, I did notice that the outdrive trim is much more sensitive and has more impact on the action of the boat, so depending on water conditions or what you are doing this may need to be adjusted more frequently than just set and forget. At top speed, you will need to adjust the trim to find the sweet spot for your boat. If not, the top speed will be significantly slower.

RESULTS:
1) No more wander at idle speeds at all and steering control of the boat even in neutral is now great. 2) Due to the length that it extends the cavitation plate on the outdrive, the boat has a smoother ride when going through waves. When the trim is all the way down, it pushes the boat through rougher water better and results in less bow rise. 3) Bringing the boat to plane is better. As my boat is light, there would always be bow rise before popping finally getting to plane. Now there is a grey area at slower speeds, where it will ride somewhere between bow rise and plane, making a more comfortable ride cruising at speeds below plane. 4) When trim is adjusted properly, my boat is now 2-4 MPH faster than before.

SUMMARY:
I have to say I am shocked, this product is great!!! I STRONGLY recommend this product to anyone that has control issues with their boat. Not only did it help, but it solved these issues completely for me and I also discovered some additional unexpected benefits. I love my boat again.

Thanks,
Carl from Texas

Welcome Portland Marine Electronics

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Portland Marine Electronics and its team of professionals led by Todd Carver have become active Uncle Norm’s Marine Dealers and we are delighted. They have shown steady growth since 2006 and install more than 200 TR1 Autopilots a year. The Uncle Norm’s Dolphin Fins installed on kicker motors makes the TR1 far more effective at controlling the boats course making it easier to hold position in wind and current.

PME is NMEA certified and their staff of certified master installers can handle any type of marine electronics installations from autopilots to radar.

Todd is passionate about fishing and just as passionate about quality products, service and customer education. Visit Portland Marine Electronics the newest Uncle Norm's Marine Products dealer. Phone: (503)922-3259

Welcome Trolling Solutions

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We would like to welcome Dan Covey and Trolling Solutions to the growing list of Uncle Norm’s Marine Products dealers. Dan is an innovative guy and isn’t afraid to try something new to get the job done. His team has been installing Uncle Norm’s fins for some time now and knows that they really work. They have a growing list of happy customers.

Dan’s company is located in North Idaho in the Lake Coeur d’Alene area. Visit Trolling Solutions the newest Uncle Norms Marine Products dealer Phone:208-755-4025

Fishing is an obsession with President and Founder Dan Covey and his team at Trolling Solutions. Located in the beautiful Northwest, these experienced fishermen are experts at trolling the deep water lakes of North Idaho and know what it takes to catch the tournament winners.

How outboard fins work

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Richard Bogert talks about how the fins effect the manageability and Stability of a boat.

Legends of the Fall Salmon Challenge

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October 2012 – Uncle Norm’s was back to defend their title in the Legends of the Fall Salmon Challenge. Richard Bogert won the contest last year but came up short on this trip. It was great fun though and we will be back on the water soon. See the video with John Forbes showing how the Uncle Norm’s Fins make a TR1 Auto pilot have more control.

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