You can't run heavy loaded up front or you'll have that problem. Get everyone towards the rear and it'll be OK, but not a screamer. You'll also have to ease into the throttle so you don't cavitate.
When I run three up I have the extra passenger sit next to me and the kid up front.
Good tip! Thanks, I'll try that next time.
I'll see how the top loader grate performs, if it's not great I might be able to weld a couple of vertical flat bars in it with my tig I was thinking.
Last time I took the boat out I went to the feather river. man is is LOW LOW LOW this year.. I was able to run in just a couple inches of water at some points, but it was getting scary with stumps and shallows, so I was running at 1/2-3/4 throttle (low 30's downstream) at 3/4 throttle it would run great for about 15 seconds then bog down for 5, then run great for 20 seconds and bog down for like 5-10. When I went full throttle it ran fine... but was scary fast (over 40) Could have been a few things I reckon. When I got home I noticed two things:
Fuel filter was clogged up with soot
clamp on my waterbox was barely even on (Not tightened)
I'm thinking maybe the overload of exhaust in the engine compartment was not allowing the intake enough clean air to run properly, but when I went fast there was enough wind to blow it out, or perhaps the carbs were just getting dirty fuel. I guess I'll find out tomorrow morning whether I fixed it. Salmon season started here in CA yesterday, hitting up the feather river tomorrow, we were the only boat out on Monday because the water was so low, but we caught 6 striper and 2 catfish. Good day after work i'd say.
Also just replaced my solenoid because it wasn't wanting to always click hard. Now the thing starts up like a striped a** ape!