I bought this boat about 4 months ago, and have spent endless hours researching and experimenting with motor set up. It has a 1999 225 mercury optimax motor with a 10 in. manual jack plate. The props that came with boat were a 26 unknown manufacturer 4 blade, and a powertech 24 4 blade. I have contacted everyone from Blazer to the prop. manufacturers, to Mercury trying to solve my problem, with NO success. Hoping to find someone here that has exact same boat motor combo to see what the secret is to setting up these boats. My problem is this, the boat takes forever to plane (no holeshot) during takeoff, motor seems to strugggle to get out of hole. I realize all the variables in this equation, but don't think a 225 should be laboring with this boat with 2 guys and limited amount of gear. I have had authorized mercury dealer check motor, all new plugs, impeller, etc. I have run both props, 24 seems to perform better, but not a huge difference. I have had motor up to the suggested 1 1/2 inches below pad, and 4 inches below, and everywhere in between. Seems to be better with motor lower. This is my last hope to find perfect set-up, I am not looking for comments to move motor up down, etc, etc. Everyone I have spoken with has a different opinion of correct set up. What I am looking for is someone who may have this exact same boat motor combo, that I can compare this boats performance to.