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CHAR250R
06-03-2009, 02:17 PM
Is that what they are called? Anywho... The first one is slightly turned towards the starboard side. The 2nd and 3rd one are straight. Is the first one supposed to be offset to compensate for something? Just currious. I noticed it the other day when I was waxing the bottom. :)

bigmac
06-03-2009, 02:19 PM
They're all supposed to be straight, all the same part. You must have hit something which bent one of them.

russlars
06-03-2009, 02:21 PM
Should all be straight and lined up. You are previous owner must have hit something and bent one of them. By the way, I believe the technical term for them is tracking fins.

CHAR250R
06-03-2009, 02:34 PM
It doesn't look bent. I think it has shifted in the mounting holes. I thought they should all be in a straight line. Tracking fins...that sounds better. I'll have to remove it and make sure it's OK. Should be easy. What are you people using for sealant to reinstall the fin?

Commandohorn
06-03-2009, 02:55 PM
Is that what they are called? Anywho... The first one is slightly turned towards the starboard side. The 2nd and 3rd one are straight. Is the first one supposed to be offset to compensate for something? Just currious. I noticed it the other day when I was waxing the bottom. :)

Waxing the bottom? Now that is dedication!

CHAR250R
06-04-2009, 10:07 AM
Gotta wax the bottom. Makes her go faster!!! ;)

sizzler
06-04-2009, 10:10 AM
Gotta wax the bottom. Makes her go faster!!! ;)

what about the boat????????:D

shepherd
06-04-2009, 10:18 AM
Waxing the bottom? Now that is dedication!

I wonder if he waxes his bilge too.

TT197
06-04-2009, 10:21 AM
the first one is off set to make the boat track. If they were in a line the first one would break the water and others would do no good. The off set creates opposite presure so the boat tracks.

CHAR250R
06-04-2009, 10:27 AM
what about the boat????????:D

My boat is a "she"!!! 8p

CHAR250R
06-04-2009, 10:31 AM
the first one is off set to make the boat track. If they were in a line the first one would break the water and others would do no good. The off set creates opposite presure so the boat tracks.


I removed the fin, and brought it to work and dropped it off for NDI (non destructive inspection) and it's fine. I did notice the mounting holes are offset just a hair to keep that first fin just a little offset. Must be how it goes. I don't notice the boat pulling because of the first fin being offset. :confused:

Monte
06-04-2009, 10:33 AM
Nevermind.....

CHAR250R
06-04-2009, 10:40 AM
Now I can put the boat in the water. Gotta reinstall the fin first, or it's gonna be a short run.

CHAR250R
06-04-2009, 10:44 AM
I wonder if he waxes his bilge too.

I'll leave that for you.:D

bbeach
06-04-2009, 10:51 AM
Whats wrong with waxing your bilge???!!!

TMCNo1
06-04-2009, 01:30 PM
My boat is a "she"!!! 8p

Must be a single guy with big dreams! Enjoy it now, at least the boat doesn't scream when she's waxed!http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/10/10_12_9.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZSfox000)http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/36/36_19_2.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZSfox000)

shepherd
06-04-2009, 01:33 PM
the first one is off set to make the boat track. If they were in a line the first one would break the water and others would do no good. The off set creates opposite presure so the boat tracks.


Is the reasoning similar to that behind some people "shaving" their rudders to make the boat pull a bit to one side?

shepherd
06-04-2009, 01:34 PM
Whats wrong with waxing your bilge???!!!

:worthy: Nothing at all.

TMCNo1
06-04-2009, 01:53 PM
Is the reasoning similar to that behind some people "shaving" their rudders to make the boat pull a bit to one side?

No, they don't want the #2 and #3 fins drafting the #1 fin, therefore in a turn, the #2 and #3 fin may pass the #1 fin and take the lead, geeezzzzzz!http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/23/23_33_8.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZSfox000)

shepherd
06-04-2009, 01:58 PM
No, they don't want the #2 and #3 fins drafting the #1 fin, therefore in a turn, the #2 and #3 fin may pass the #1 fin and take the lead, geeezzzzzz!

That would be called a "power turn" wouldn't it?

TMCNo1
06-04-2009, 02:00 PM
That would be called a "power turn" wouldn't it?


Smart man, I tell ya, smart man!:rolleyes:

MattsCraft
06-04-2009, 02:09 PM
Off Topic Thread Jack - This was actually debated in Trailor Boats a couple years back. According to them, a waxed bottom would be slower than un-waxed. Has to do with cooficient of friction and surface tension. Think of it like this, waxed causes water to bead up, un-waxed allows water to wet to the surface therefore slicing through the water. The results are so minor though, really makes no difference. I wax the bottom up to the bunks, never figured out how to wax under the bunks, never wax the bilge, lmao:D

By the way, 35MPH is plenty fast enough for me in a boat until thet invent air brakes;)

Gotta wax the bottom. Makes her go faster!!! ;)

MarcRaiderfan
06-05-2009, 01:49 AM
My 89 PS 190 has an offest on the first fin too. I was wondering the same thing and thinking of having it repaired..glad to hear it is supposed to be that way.

dano1979
06-05-2009, 01:54 AM
So Which Is It Should They Be Straight Or Should One Be Bent. My Boat Is The Same Way

MarcRaiderfan
06-05-2009, 02:02 AM
Read TMCno1's reply on page two...supposed to be that way.

CHAR250R
06-05-2009, 08:05 AM
Must be a single guy with big dreams! Enjoy it now, at least the boat doesn't scream when she's waxed!http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/10/10_12_9.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZSfox000)http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/36/36_19_2.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZSfox000)


Wife and 2 boys. I think they use the boat more than I do. That ain't right.

TMCNo1
06-05-2009, 09:50 AM
Wife and 2 boys. I think they use the boat more than I do. That ain't right.

OK then, she's paying back for all the pain of your waxing!:rolleyes::D

dano1979
06-05-2009, 11:48 PM
Is Supposed To Be Mounted Offset From The Others Or Bent?
I Have An 84 S & S

Hrkdrivr
06-06-2009, 12:11 AM
TT197, 19 boats owned? Whoa, you're my hero!! Why no 1991 or 2000 models to round out the set?

Boats owned

1989 PS 190 1999 PS 190
1990 PS 190 2001 PS 197 TT
1992 PS 190 2002 PS 197 TT
1993 PS 190 2003 PS 197 TT
1994 PS 190 2004 PS 197 TT
1995 PS 190 2005 PS 197 TT
1996 PS 190 2006 PS 197 TT
1997 PS 190 2007 PS 197 TT
1998 PS 190 2008 PS 197 TT
Current boat 2009 197 TT

- end thread jack -

BriEOD
06-06-2009, 07:18 AM
Gotta wax the bottom. Makes her go faster!!! ;)

I hope you're kidding. If not, you didn't see the Myth Buster episode where they disproved this theory.;)

CHAR250R
06-06-2009, 07:37 AM
I hope you're kidding. If not, you didn't see the Myth Buster episode where they disproved this theory.;)

Me waxing the bottom of my boat seems to be generating quite a bit of concern. I don't really wax the bottom of the boat so it will go faster. I wax the bottom to make it harder for the algae to stick to the hull. My boat is in the water from late May until October. The easier it is to get the algae off, the better! :D

russlars
06-06-2009, 03:03 PM
Me waxing the bottom of my boat seems to be generating quite a bit of concern. I don't really wax the bottom of the boat so it will go faster. I wax the bottom to make it harder for the algae to stick to the hull. My boat is in the water from late May until October. The easier it is to get the algae off, the better! :D
I'll second that! I dread the annual waxing of the hull, but I would rather spend the time waxing than scrubbing the algae and lake scum off the bottom when it comes out in the fall.