220 select slow to plane

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by Royden Keeley, May 21, 2006.

  1. Royden Keeley

    Royden Keeley New Member

    May 21, 2006
    I have a 2006 220 select with 350mag and bravo three drive. It is very slow getting up on plane. The engine doesn't seem to "wind up". The tach climbs very slowly several seconds (maybe 8-10 or more) until the boat climbs out of the hole and allows the engine to turn it's max rpm. The dealers says it should do better but offers no solution. Just wondering if I'm imagining things or if I really do have a problem and just what the fix is.
  2. Kevin Smith

    Kevin Smith New Member

    Feb 21, 2005

    That engine & drive combination in your boat should do well getting up on plane. It sounds like a good horsepower to weight ratio. However some more details would be helpful such as. What RPM does the motor usually reach when you first hit the throttel while starting from a stand still?

    Trying to think of the reasons it won't get on plane quick enough isn't easy and could be a matter of opinion and/or numerous possible issues could easily impact this. IE:

    How many folks & gear on the boat?
    Condition of the props?
    Growth on the bottom of boat?
    Does boat have trim tabs?
    Is engine tuned and running well under a loadl?

    Most dealers do not water test your boat after servicing it. Have you had a chance to take them for a test ride to show them exactly what you are talking about?

    If everything else is working well and the dealer cannot help, you should get a second opinion. You may also want to think about adding a "Dolphin" to the out drive. It's one of those fins that helps the boat plane out faster and usually run $50-$200 depending on brand and quality. Please note I would exhaust the other options before adding the "Dolphin" (spelling?)

    Let us know how this turns out!!

    Kevin Smith. Richmond VA
    1991 250/270 Weekender, 454CI, 330HP, Brao II
  3. top*prop

    top*prop Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    my own little world
    this boat, 220 select wih a 350 mag in it should not need a "whale tail" . what size prop is on the boat?

    and what is wide open throttle rpms?
  4. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
  5. Alex D

    Alex D New Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Smith Mountain Lake, VA
    2004 240 Sundeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI B3
    You should also check top speed and WOT rpm. If the prop is wrong, those numbers will be off spec.
    WOT rpm should be around 5000 rpm for that package. the lowest WOT rpm should be 4800 for the 350MAG I believe.

    If you reach that rpm, it's not the prop.

    A 350MAG with B3 in that boat should just pop you on plane in an instant.

    STIHLBOLTS New Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    Alex is correct, a 350mag and bravo 3 drive you should pop out of the hole like a champaign cork. Something is wrong. Is this a all of a sudden problem or from the very first time you took it out on the water. If it has recently started take a good close look at the props and make sure no fishing line or anything like that has wound itself up between the props.

    If there is nothing there you need to get it to the mechaninc and have them water test it. The motor could be starving for air, computer may be off, just a number of issues it could be. However as a 06 it will be under warrenty so take it in and make the dealership find the problem. Be firm but presistant.

    And as a matter of opinion only. Never ever put one of those "Dolphin's" on a bravo 3 drive. 1. You don't need it. 2. You don't need it. :wink:
  7. widowmaker

    widowmaker New Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    200 br
    5.0L MPI, Bravo 3
    Something is wrong. My 20 select w/ 5.0 b3 has an excellent hole shot.
    Are you trimmed down on take-off. You should be, then adjust up once on plane. This should be placed in the sport boats section :smt018
  8. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    :thumbsup: Moved Widowmaker...Thanks

  9. SearayPaul

    SearayPaul Member

    Oct 11, 2006
    Simpsonville, South Carolina
    34 Downeaster
    Cummins 5.9 480hp
    I have that motor package in my 240 Bowrider and if I hit the throttle you have no delay coming up on plane with or without a skier on the back. Obviously the 240 is heavier than the 220 so you should have no problems coming on plane and running like a scalded cat.

    That is a new boat so I would not worry about what is wrong. I would be on my way to the dealer and I am sure he will rectify any problems for you. Rich (once again) is correct do not go adding anything to that Bravo III as you only will void your warrenty. That drive and motor is plenty for your boat and should provide hours of fun for you.

    Good Luck


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