1. D. Hull blueprinting, while time-consuming and not fun, typically is the best bang-for-thebuck performance improvement available for most recreational pleasure hulls.
2. A. Technically, the EPA prohibits any and all engine modifications for outboards built after 1996. Realistically, however, there are no “emissions testing stations” set up in any state to measure outboard engine emissions or power output. So, it can be done, but if you’re ever caught …
3. B. A nose cone will generally only add speed in certain cases. For boats traveling at speeds below 75 mph, it’s debatable. Often the added drag of the cone itself will reduce speed.
4. E. There is a noticeable vibration increase at lower speeds, and certainly the solid mounting (as opposed to factory rubber isolation mounts) can and does cause premature wear and cracking.
5. E. The boat can actually ride on the tabs and the last few inches of the bottom, increasing speed, along with better handling and rough-water response. The net result is often more speed, more consistently.
6. D. All of the above, depending on the application and current performance, can be true statements. The best advice? Try it — testing is always the clear indicator.
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