Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Retro Active

Boat Pulls Left, Any Ideas?

4 posts in this topic

I backed my boat into my trash can last week. Didn't look like anything was bent or broken when inspected, but today the steering was about 90 degrees off (at the steering wheel) at WOT (125 HP Mercury). Upon further review, it looks like the "Foil", or big wing-type thing that comes back right above the prop was a just a little bent in the left-hand corner. This seems consistent with what I was seeing on the water, as the boat crept to the left a little when opened up.

Well, I tried to "correct" this bend today and I broke off a small piece of the foil. I didn't press very hard, so I'm wondering if I did weaken it when I hit it?

Anyway, it appears to be an easy weld for somebody who knows this stuff. Any recommendations for somebody south of the river who can fix this sort of thing? I'm guessing I'll bring in just the lower unit, but are the shops that work on this sort of stuff good at making sure everything is balanced and true when they are done?


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

If your steering is 90 degrees off (out of the water) you might want to have a dealer check it, it's not supposed to do any "stretching" and I cannot see how it could have moved and/or got that way.

If it's off while undergoing in the water you can correct it by turning the silver "fin" at the rear of motor, hanging vertically above the propeller, turn it just a little on same side boat is pulling (looking from the rear).

You don't need to have broken piece fixed unless for cosmetic reasons, it won't influence performance.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the reply Valv!

The steering wheel is straight when the boat is out of the water, and at WOT with the trim all the way in to part-way out, it stays very straight. Only when I have it trimmed all the way out while at 1/2 to WOT does it start to pull to the left. I don't have a complicated steering system, so perhaps this is normal and I've never paid attention before?

Would a bent skeg or bent prop cause this? Eyeballing both, they seem ok. I've tried adjusting the silver fin to compensate, but it only seems to affect the performace at low speeds, with the trim all the way in.

Thanks again for the reply!

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

The trim tab breaks very easily, it has two purposes. It corrects for pull in the motor, so adjust as mentioned above. If it pulls right turn it right. The second purpose is an anode to prevent rusting on your unit. They are very inexpensive <$20 replace it.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Posts

    • osok
      Nice Fish ST! Loadmaster, I hope it was nothing major or serious that had you in the hospital.  I was just informed by the Chief of Staff that I get to do house projects this weekend..sigh..maybe Monday I'll get to go out. 
    • Barefoot
      I went yesterday.  Bite was good.  Saw lots of people catching fish.
    • bbfenatic
      Sorry...been posting a few pics in the Panfish section...I've been out a lot chasing crappies, started 10 days after ice out. I did the eye opener and we did good real shallow 4-6ft with jig and shiner but that one eye outing is it for me unless I go out late fall for them again.  Crappies bite has been real good...just not in normal spots...not many spawned in the shallow reeds but beds we deeper 5-7 ft in many lakes. I've been as far North as Little Bemidji to as far South as S. Lida and many lakes in between. Went out Saturday morning early and found them in 12.5ft suspended real high; used the smallest rap they make and just fan casted all around the boat and they were aggressive.  Cabbage is coming up and healthy in most lakes and they will be moving into the cabbage when it warms up. Water clarity has been unbelievable in every lake I've been on so far. Another yo-yo weather pattern makes it more challenging for sure....but search and you will find.
    • eyeguy 54
      WINDY today but got out for a couple hours.   30 inch northern looked all spawned out.  got a few dandy bass. The last smally looks like it ate a duck! LOL 
    • ANYFISH2
      Get'r it fired up Zelek.     Thanks.
    • steiger
      Just curious if anyone else was out on the chain braving the rain sat and sunday? 
    • Wanderer
      Contact the DNR if there are serious concerns.  Tournaments have to be permitted through them.  If they're not handling the fish correctly, they might lose their permit.
    • certified jumbo
    • Rick
      A 6-mile section of the Glacial Lakes State Trail will be closed as contractors work on improvements, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
      Trail users will see intermittent closures until June 1 as workers remove trees and brush that are near the work area. The segment between the trailhead in Willmar and Spicer’s south side at Progress Way is scheduled to close on June 5 as workers begin mill and overlay work on the trail’s westernmost 6 miles. The project is scheduled for completion by Aug. 25. In addition to a smooth, new surface, trail users will enjoy new benches, improved accessibility, and paved crossings at gravel road intersections. The current 8-foot trail width will also be expanded to 10 feet. “We think our trail users will be pleased with these improvements,” said Jeremy Losinski, area supervisor for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “The wider trail will provide easier passage. Plus, the smoother pavement replaces the trail’s oldest paved surface, which is now more than 20 years old. It had deteriorated and reached the end of its life cycle.” Contractors will also be replacing several culverts along the trail to provide better drainage. “While we want to make sure everyone is safe, there will still be opportunities to use parts of the trail during construction,” Losinski said. “The construction will start in Willmar and work its way toward Spicer, so small portions of the trail will have limited use. Our trail users may not be able to go all the way from Willmar to Spicer during times in the construction process. We just ask that our trail users obey the closure signs and avoid construction equipment.” Prinsburg-based Duininck, Inc., is the contractor. Construction updates will be posted on the DNR’s Glacial Lakes State Trail Web page. The 22-mile western segment of the Glacial Lakes State Trail links Willmar with the Kandiyohi/Stearns County line. The 5-mile eastern segment connects Roscoe to Cold Spring. Built on the former Burlington Northern railroad grade, a total of 27 miles is paved as the trail cuts across the border between Minnesota’s western tallgrass prairie and eastern deciduous forest. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • PRO-V
      Rebuilding the shoreline.