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Slinkyredfoot
03-24-2008, 03:32 PM
Our Ridge tool rep is sitting in my office right now and is having a problem with steering on his boat. While driving he feels no pull in the steering wheel to the right, but when he lets go of the wheel the boat veers hard right.
Any Ideas on how to coreect this?

Tried to get him to sign up here but he is a chicken...

Any info on this would be great....

T Scott
03-24-2008, 04:03 PM
East Texas Skier explains this nicely...

http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showpost.php?p=107070&postcount=12

jkski
03-24-2008, 04:09 PM
Sounds like he has a grind on the rudder..also known as a loading the rudder. If you take a look at it you'll most likely see an area that has been shaved/ground down a bit. One way to put it back to neutral would be to apply the same amount of grind to the opposite side same spot (equal them out).
Hope this helps.

east tx skier
03-24-2008, 04:23 PM
Don't do a thing to it. Once you get used to the loaded rudder, it's hard to live without it. I've been filing on my new boat's rudder pretty regularly and am about to go grinder on it to make it go right.

Slinkyredfoot
03-24-2008, 04:44 PM
What is the purpose of the right pull? I always liked a boat the tracked perfectly with no pull either way

Covi
03-24-2008, 04:46 PM
Slinky R foot was that fast and good enough to get your buddy to sign up?

H20skeefreek
03-24-2008, 04:47 PM
Then you don't use the boat in the course. A HARD right pull is preferable.

Slinkyredfoot
03-24-2008, 04:51 PM
Then you don't use the boat in the course. A HARD right pull is preferable.

Oh we used the boat in the slalom course, they just never let me drive....:D

east tx skier
03-24-2008, 06:01 PM
In the course, the loaded rudder and resulting pull one way or the other makes it so the driver does not have to make constant corrections, but can rather lock the wheel and hold a line. It's a bit unnerving at first. But it's something you get accustomed to in short order.

flipper
03-24-2008, 06:03 PM
Doesn't sound right, but it does make the boat handle better. A friend of mine shaved the rudder of his to get it to quit pulling, and regrets it big time.

T Scott
03-24-2008, 06:24 PM
Doesn't sound right, but it does make the boat handle better. A friend of mine shaved the rudder of his to get it to quit pulling, and regrets it big time.

He can get the pull back by shaving the opposite side of the rudder.