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Boat does not plane

I have a 2003 Tracker boat. Model ProGuide V16 with a 2003 40hp Mercury 2 stroke. I recently acquired the boat as a gift. I tested the boat out with a full tank of gas and myself (180lb). The engine did not have enough power to achieve plane. The RPM showed 5000 RPM, the max for the engine is 5500 RPM.
Should the engine have enough hp to achieve plane?

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The engine is a bit small but make sure its fully tilted down on the tilt pin adjustments ! how much gear or fuel tanks etc are at the rear of the boat and do you sit central of boat with steering and remote gear/throttle controls or at rear , weight moved forward will help and you could also fit doel finns to the cavitation plate above the prop which looks like a dolphins tail and these will increase lift and get you on the plane ! really a bigger engine like 75hp would be the answer ! what max hp rating is the boat ? try the above first and any more info you can give me would help give suggestions !

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You could try a lower pitched prop.2" would up the revs by 400 revs.,which would up the revs ,but give you more low down thrust,and/or tucking the motor under more[if you have electric trim/tilt].thats a big boat and fair bit of weight for a 40hp..my 40hp merc is on a 13ft saracen,and with two of us it takes a while to get gooing.so i bought a ProPulse prop,with adjustable pitch.been god to try different pitches

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