Monterey 23 Explorer | StingRay Classic, PRO
“I bought a used Monterey 23 explorer deck boat with a 350 I/O about 5k lbs dry. It was fine with 2 people but put 6 adults on it and I would have to ask people to move up front to get on plane.
One guy said I should get a whale tail it worked for his ski boat. I was really skeptical a $100+ chunk of plastic was going to make a difference, if it did all boat manufactures would be putting them on at the factory.
All other options (trim tabs, engine performance mods) were a lot more money and more time consuming so I figured it was only around $100 and I just burned that in fuel that day, might as well give it a try. After calling my boat mechanic and getting the all clear, I picked the Classic Pro, shipping was fast, and it only took 15 minutes to install.
The next day I was going to test it, 6 adults and full fuel. I was honestly amazed, it got up on plane without having to ask anyone to get up front, no matter who you pick, its like calling them the fatty. Getting on plane and not having to insult anyone was great. I was cruising at 30 mph but down about 400 rpm from my normal 30 mph cruise before the hydrofoil. I could also plane about 8 mph slower. I would not have anticipated this but those were the numbers. I am very happy with it the Classic Pro, thank you!”