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Old 10-15-2007, 09:24 PM
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1100 hours. I messed with the trim and the tabs-Didn't seem to make a difference too much, but I did notice a bit of an improvement when it was at the 3 position vs 0 on the gauge.(Trimmed up which would push the bow up) .
Sounds like basic bow steer at idle. It's best to just let the boat move back and forth a bit, instead of trying to constantly correct for it.


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Old 10-15-2007, 09:26 PM
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I'd bet there's no issue. Drop the tabs and will track straight.
I wish my old jetboat had tabs, that thing wanders like biotch. but you learn to keep it straight.
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Old 10-15-2007, 09:33 PM
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I agree with unsane and Dmoore, All boats do that to some degree if you let it wander it will only need occasional steering input to hold on course. Can't explain why but it happens. Must be the fluid its in.
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Old 10-15-2007, 09:35 PM
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Sounds normal to me.
I grew up on my Dad's single screw cabin cuiser's in the same length range.
You need to learn to compensate before the boat starts heading in the opposite direction, and do it very mildly. If you turn it to port, AS SOON AS it BEGINS to react, bring it back to a neutral steer. It's part of learning the boat. And yes, It's only a problem at idle/no-wake, when on plane you should have full control.
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Old 10-15-2007, 10:11 PM
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This is funny.

I've had a 24 python, 24 cabin cruiser, currently have a 04 24 sea ray; all three boats did it. It never crossed my mind that something might be wrong - just part of boating with a single engine.
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