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G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby strutlife » Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:31 am

I have a G3 1548DK Duck boat that has a 20 hp 4 stroke. Question is, has anyone had the beavertail pods added on a boat like this and what was the outcome? Thanks
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby handyandy » Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:33 am

search for pods using the search feature quiet a few threads discussing pods and the installation of them with guys that show how they installed them. Most that have put them on like them and your size boat should be fine with them.
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby mudpack » Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:48 am

strutlife wrote:I have a G3 1548DK Duck boat that has a 20 hp 4 stroke. Question is, has anyone had the beavertail pods added on a boat like this and what was the outcome? Thanks

Why do you feel you need pods?

I ask because if you don't need them, then what's the point?
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby strutlife » Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:13 am

With me in back, average load, 200 lb guy in front, boat is not wanting to plane out.
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby 1448jonboat » Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:57 pm

I put Beavertail pods on a G3 1448 I used to have. I had a 25 hp longtail that was about 180 pounds that made my transom lower to the water than I was comfortable with. The pods did lift the transom higher out of the water and helped with backsplash, but it didn't help the boat plane. During fishing season, I ran a 20 hp Yamaha on that boat. If I ran a load like yours, the boat would plane before I added the pods and nothing changed with planing when I added the pods. I'd make sure your prop is good and your motor is hitting the right RPMs. Then try changing the load balance. I don't think pods would help you with that light 20 hp motor. If your motor is running properly and is angled correctly and is at the right depth, then only a bigger motor or lighter load will help your boat plane.
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby PAwaterfowldominator » Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:31 pm

strutlife wrote:I have a G3 1548DK Duck boat that has a 20 hp 4 stroke. Question is, has anyone had the beavertail pods added on a boat like this and what was the outcome? Thanks


I put beavertail float pods on my 1648 Grizzly with a 20hp 4 stroke. Wow, is all that I can say. Boat will plain out with 3 guys and loaded down with gear at 3/4 throttle. Couldn't be happier with the pods.
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby strutlife » Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:42 pm

This boat was designed with a 20in transom so therefore, it has a long shaft tiller. Looking at doing the pods, however, the "deadspace" compartments are filled with foam in back and don't know if they will melt or catch fire when welding pods on. Also, the way the stern area is made, kind of confusing on where the pods would actually go. Think I am gonna get with someone who has experience with welding these pods on and get their input. Thanks for the input so far.
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby 1448jonboat » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:02 am

Here are a few pictures that show where my welder put them on and how my boat floated with them on.

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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby mudpack » Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:31 am

strutlife wrote:With me in back, average load, 200 lb guy in front, boat is not wanting to plane out.

You have issues, then. That boat with a 20hp outboard should readily plane with two guys/gear aboard. You have a sick motor, a hook in the bottom, a prop that is pitched way off or damaged, a slipping hub, incorrectly mounted/trimmed motor, etc.... something that is not letting you get full potential from the rig. Have an experienced boater take it out and see what he says about your present setup.
Post pictures of the rig, maybe someone on this forum can spot your problem.
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby Rcxdm40 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:10 am

I have to agree with the last post. I have a 14' with a 1977 Evinrude 15hp on it and I can get 3 guys and gear to plane. Now were not screaming across the water but were planned out.
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby strutlife » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:55 pm

I will be posting some pics here in a few days. Gonna take boat out for one more run and see how it does again just to make sure it is not something I am doing. Gonna take an experienced person out with me so that he may be able to tell what is going on. Thanks for the comments, help and suggestions so far. Will keep you posted.
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby strutlife » Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:29 pm

Went to Bass Pro today and bought a hydro foil with a sport clip to mount on the foot. Got it mounted. Now, just need to get the boat in the water and test it out. Hopefully, problem will be solved.
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby Swanny » Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:33 pm

Those made a world of difference on my 14 Jon with a honda 8hp. Planes very fast with it, even loaded down and will hardly plane with just me and empty without the hydrofoil.
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby strutlife » Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:20 pm

Ok gents, had a chance to run boat on Lanier today. Hydrofoil is on. With me 180 lbs, another guy 235 lbs, 2 gals of fuel, trolling motor, deep cycle battery, small battery, boat got up to 18 1/2 mph based on depth finder, gps. Still don't think boat is planing out correctly. I may be wrong. Don't know now whether to go to place I purchased boat, add pods, get bigger motor or go to a 27 hp mud motor???????? Boat has a 20 hp 4 stroke yamaha on it. Any suggestions???????
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby 1448jonboat » Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:54 am

That speed is what I'd expect with that load you were carrying. I dont think pods or any other boat modification will make a 20hp push that boat any faster. If you need to go faster I think you need a bigger motor.
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby mudpack » Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:39 pm

1448jonboat wrote:That speed is what I'd expect with that load you were carrying. I dont think pods or any other boat modification will make a 20hp push that boat any faster. If you need to go faster I think you need a bigger motor.

+ 1. .....and a 27hp longtail is NOT a "bigger motor". :lol3:
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby pwhnts5 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:41 am

You are about where you should be speed wise with the load you have. You can prop down to get more power. If you are considering a MM, get a different hull, that hull will do worse with a 27 class mm on it. It was not designed for a surface drive and will plow water.

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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby strutlife » Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:18 pm

Well guys, have tried all I know to try. Finally have contacted G3 who in turn contacted me and dealer I bought it from. Hopefully they are gonna find problem or make it right. Many have told me it is underpowered. Their ad for boat says it comes with a 25 or 40hp, so why mine had a 20 on it was beyond me. Hopefully they will get it right.
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby strutlife » Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:16 am

So I took boat to dealer yesterday. First thing out of mechanics mouth. You put that dolphin on their? Yes. You voided the warranty. It's not drilled in, attached with a sport clip. So, warranty not voided. I start looking at other boats they have. An 1860DK, side console with a 30 hp jet drive. So, this boat basically is pushing rather 17 hp for a boat that is bigger than mine. Hate to see how it functions. I guess they are putting under powered motors on these boats to keep the inventory rolling. I learned a lesson, take boat for a test drive or get others advice before you purchase. Gonna wait and see how the dealer and G3 handle this one. Hopefully they make it right.
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby PAwaterfowldominator » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:19 pm

strutlife wrote:So I took boat to dealer yesterday. First thing out of mechanics mouth. You put that dolphin on their? Yes. You voided the warranty. It's not drilled in, attached with a sport clip. So, warranty not voided. I start looking at other boats they have. An 1860DK, side console with a 30 hp jet drive. So, this boat basically is pushing rather 17 hp for a boat that is bigger than mine. Hate to see how it functions. I guess they are putting under powered motors on these boats to keep the inventory rolling. I learned a lesson, take boat for a test drive or get others advice before you purchase. Gonna wait and see how the dealer and G3 handle this one. Hopefully they make it right.


I can't even imagine how big of a slug an 1860 with a 30hp jet would be. I guarentee your 1548 with a 20 would toast it.
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby cootlover » Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:18 pm

My dad got a 16 ft deep v bass tracker with a 60 hp 4 stroke what a turd would not get on plane no matter what the dealer finally took the motor back and put a 60 hp 2 banger no problems now :thumbsup:
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby grizz18 » Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:17 pm

1548 should have no issues with 2 guys and gear getting on plane. My 1750 had a 25 and would easily get on plane, it didn't break speed records but it was def on plane.
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby jeepman » Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:48 am

strutlife wrote:This boat was designed with a 20in transom


You seem to be going about the right speed for the right HP. A lot of dealers will throw smaller motors on their boats the sell as a package even though they will be under powered. locally I see a ton of 14 footers with 9.9s on them. It's up to the buyer to do their homework before they buy. You also mentioned your boat has a 20'' transom. I have to ask since no one else did, is your motor the right shaft length for that boat? you should have a 20'' shaft motor for that boat, but that's a common mistake for people to make since they figure a Jon will take a short shaft. if the motor is too short it's tough if not impossible to get up on step and you'll have overall performance issues. If the trim is right that 20 should push that boat with 2 people no problem. before you buy anything I would take the boat to a competent marine mechanic and explain what's going on. they will be able to accurately diagnose your problem and maybe save you a lot of money and headache.
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby strutlife » Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:46 am

Took the boat to dealer and got back about a week ago. Immediately took to the lake and went for a spin. They adjusted the trim, something I had already, appears to have a different material made prop on it. Anyway, 5-7 seconds boat is on plane and is running 6 mph faster. So, what else they done, don't know, however, I am happy and satisfied. Went from running 18 mph to 24 mph and on plane. They also took the hydro-foil off. So. Still may put pods on it to see if they will give me an even greater advantage.
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Re: G3 1548DK Duck Boat

Postby Trip » Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:21 am

Forget the pods and keep tweaking your setup. Sounds like it's headed in the right direction. Good luck!


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