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
Rivernut

Motor pulling!

18 posts in this topic

After adjusting the tab on the motor, both directions, It still pulls to the right. 25 hp Merc. tiller, '96. Done it since new, finally tired of it. Call me lazy, or stubborn. Shoulder starts to complain after a while. Any ideas? Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is it bolted on transom or clamped on.

If clamped it might be slightly off center.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bolted. Would it pay to take the bolts out and see if its off. And just use the clamps? Had a feeling you'd get on this one. Thanks Valv.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mine does the same thing. I have traced it to the mount on the middle of the lower unit.

S8000084.jpg

S8000083.jpg

It helps when I am out of the water and I kick the lower unit back in place I have tied everything to prevent it. Could it be the rubber mounting pads inside of the bracket?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One thought I had, my boat is a V-hull all the way back. So Im wondering if the motor isnt perfectly centered, will the force of the water push the one direction or another?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a 15hp purpusely set off center to make elec troll motor closer,maybe off 4 inches,very little pull if I even notice,but its only 15hp not much torque!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just was out and measured, about 1/2" off. Any other ideas? thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Rivernut, check the mount that I show in my pictures.... is the gap the same on both sides of the lower unit?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's right on the nuts.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bent skeg? Is there a dent right at the stern, in the bottom? Does hull have strakes and if so, are they straight? Is there a dent on either side of the bow, right at the water line?

Or, something is not properly adjusted in the tiller to motor assembly to begin with?

Evil spirits? tongue.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm not being sarcastic when I say this but it could be due to the fact that it's a Mercury. We had 2 out of 8 that pulled to the right, out of the box and nothing I did helped it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Could very well be. Thanks for the ideas, I"ll check them out. I will not drive myself nuts trying to figure it out though. I have put up with it this long. Later, have a good, safe fishing season.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My Merc 25 pulled pretty bad, until I realized that the anticavitation plate (the fin) was riding too low. Make sure that it is level with the bottom of the hull. Any lower, you will get to much drag, pull and water spray.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I raised my 60 hp Johnson an inch and a half and it made great difference in how strong my left arm had to be. After that I kept my eyes open on how other boats are setup and very few motors set exactly level with the top of the transom. Most are 1 to 2 inches higher than the transom.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have 25hp Merc on my 16ft Alumacraft that pulled to the right also. What helped me was I raised the tilt (away from the boat) actually quite a bit. This removed the pull and the boat handled much better. Try it! Worked for me. I think my problem was the boat was plowing into the water making it steer very hard and off course.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:


My Merc 25 pulled pretty bad, until I realized that the anticavitation plate (the fin) was riding too low. Make sure that it is level with the bottom of the hull. Any lower, you will get to much drag, pull and water spray.


Thats what I'd check as well. The boat will go faster too if the motor hight is set correctly.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is perfectly even w/ the bottom of the boat. But thanks for all the input guy's. Its always very much appreciated!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I looked back at all of the info, and noticed that all of the bases seem to have been touched. Two things to note- that half inch could easily be the culprit. Another could be the type of prop you are running. The torque of the prop alone will pull an engine, but the trim tab should counteract the force. You may want to consider a hyfrafoil. I put one on a 20 hp outboard I once had and it made a WORLD of difference! Not only did it make steering easier, but the hole shot-yes, hole shot, was amazing. It planed out nice as well. One thing is for sure-it is frustrating to have a vessel pull hard. Hope you can get it going good, but if not, at least it will get you on fish!

Share this post


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



  • Posts

    • certified jumbo
      Good reports guys.   We were up Wednesday to Sunday.   I second you on the weather, rain and wind got old.  Not to mention bugs were terrible.  No see ums bothered us the most.      For us luckily the fishing was great.   Limited on bows and Lakers.   Had several stellar meals too.
    • ifishwalleye
      Hi, I'm looking for a fresh report from the North end.  Thanks!
    • Fish Head
      Refresh my memory... If we just go into Trout Lake for the day, we are not required to get a permit in advance. We just fill out the form at the portage. Is that correct?
    • Avid Angler
      Yeah that is the one.
    • ifishwalleye
      Thanks for the information!  Whenever I'm moving, I use a ram mount to secure my bow mount. I just got the Ulterra this spring.  I had a Terova on my last boat. I was going across the lake in 3 footers and the locking mechanism failed and the motor deployed. Ever since then, I secure it for a piece of mind. 
    • DLD24
      One of my trolling motor batteries decided to take a crap on me so it didn't have enough power to go into the wind so  that made it tough...we tried a few drifts in areas that looked good for eyes, but didn't pan out....We went to a different spot and started catching nice sized gills on the rigs so we decided to just say screw walleyes and go for gills (I could tell the gf wasn't digging the 20mph wind in the face lol). So we went to a spot I've fished in the winter and ended up catching a 20,24"...We caught them not to long before we left right in the same area.... I've never fished it in the summer before so I wasn't expecting much...The look on my gfs face when she caught the 24 was priceless though so I was happy.
    • White-tips
      Thank you very much Outy22! 
    • TNtoMN_HuntFish
      In no way am I trying to fire up a catch and release vs catch and grease fight.  Admins, please delete any comments like that. I am curious about everyone's thoughts and knowledge on mercury in fish.    It seems Walleye are always the riskiest fish to eat via DNR and MDH surveys but I know the fishing for eyes is such a tradition up here. A lot of walleye are eaten in Minnesota every year as well as Pike and Bass which also can be high in mercury because they are high on the food chain. Does anyone worry about it or is this something that is overhyped? I'm a bit careful where I fish because my wife is pregant and I don't want her eating too much mercury. I'm still kinda new to the state so I trust the knowledge of locals more so than DNR in a lot of situations.    For example, in TN (where I moved from) our DNR says do not eat ANY fish from the Mississippi river. I'd say it's pretty nasty by the time it gets that far south but there are river rats as far down as Louisiana eating catfish and bass all year long and you don't hear of them dying from mercury poisoning or having other effects of it. At least not thay I've heard or read.    I'm very curious to know your opinions on the matter. I don't catch many walleye anyway but I do love eating Pike and other fish. It's so satisfying to work hard for a fresh meal but do I have to continue to be super cautious of what lakes I eat a Pike from? Seems like the closer to the metro, the more dangerous it can be...or is it? Some of the huge lakes up North are full of mercury too. 
    • Mossy19
      Well it end up being 2 broken live well pumps being broken.  The pumps would pump water into the live wells but also be spraying water into the back compartment of the boat.  That's where my water was coming from.  I would like to thank those that replied suggestions back.
    • HugeHogChaser