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My OMC inflatable won't stay on plane

I've just purchased a used OMC 305 Express inflatable. It's just slightly over 10' in length, has 5 floor boards and an inflatable keel. Its max engine power rating is 10hp. I've taken it out once with my 1985 Merc 9.9 hp. I'm 160 lbs, and my wife is 100 lbs.

We were able to get up on plane a few times but then after a few seconds, the bow started bouncing enough to be scary and I had to throttle back.

Could this be remedied with the boat inflation? I don't trust the guage I got with the purchase, and acc to the guage I was underinflated. Could it be a question of weight distribution? I had almost 7 imperial gallons at the stern and myself.

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Topic - My OMC inflatable won't stay on plane - Noise_222 14:17:20 07/30/03 (3)

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