SeaStar Solutions has announced the introduction of its "next generation" SeaStar Jackplates.
The improved Gen II SeaStar Standard and Xtreme Jackplates handle up to 300 and 400 horsepower outboards respectively, are easier to install and adjust and can better resist the damaging effects of the harsh marine environment.
"At SeaStar, we're constantly evaluating our products, looking to make each and every one better and better," said Tom Douglass, vice president of sales and marketing for SeaStar Solutions. "Our engineers used the feedback we've received from our customers to make our Gen II Jackplates the very best they can be. Our customers wanted more - and we've delivered."
The new Gen II SeaStar Jackplates are available in two models. The SeaStar Standard Jackplate for outboards up to 300 horsepower and the new SeaStar Xtreme Jackplate for outboards up to 400 horsepower. To handle heavier loads, advanced composite bushings allow for smoother movement of the hydraulic rams when the Jackplate is raised or lowered making the SeaStar Jackplate a superior performing Jackplate at all speeds and loads.
Both models are available with 4", 6", 8", 10" and 12" setbacks. Thanks to redesigned engine brackets, shallow water anchors can now be mounted to all setbacks, from 4" to 12", on both models without the use of adapter plates.
Redesigned engine brackets have also improved access to the mounting bolts. Side access has been introduced to make it easier to get a wrench on engine mounting bolts while clearance to access transom mounting bolts has also been opened up, making it easier for one person to install the plate on a boat.
Many SeaStar Jackplates are installed on boats together with SeaStar's ProTap system which allows for precise, standardized height adjustment. ProTap will enhance the user experience and really take performance to the next level. Key to the ProTap system is the SmartStick sensor, which can now be more easily installed along the side of the plate.
While adding strength and improving access, the new design uses less material and has resulted in the weight reduction of 15% over the original models. Thicker MilSpec anodizing of the aluminum frame and lift, as well as more effective sacrificial anode mounting points provide improved protection against corrosion, especially in harsh saltwater conditions.
For more information on new SeaStar Jackplates or on our complete range of steering and control products, stop by your SeaStar Solutions marine dealer or visit www.seastarsolutions.com.