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Old 06-18-2013, 02:07 PM
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Advise on steering Maristar 200VRS 1998

I just bought a 1998 Maristar 200VRS and I am new to inboards.

My questions is this when driving at say 20 Mph and turning when you want to return to straight course is there a lot of resistance turning the wheel normal?
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:17 PM
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I have the same boat and mine is very easy to turn.
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:19 PM
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What would be out of adjustment?
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:20 PM
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It steers easy at low speeds but when pulling a skier and turning it has quite a load on the steering /rudder..
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:31 PM
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I have a 95 200vrs and the steering has always been a little tighter than my previous Mastercrafts. I have replaced the steering cable and cleaned/repacked my rudder. It helped a little but I believe my rudder shaft is bent since my strut and shaft were bent when I purchased the boat used. Replacing the rudder is my next step. Same as you, the steering is only tight under load.
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:39 PM
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There shouldn't be difficulty turning at speeds - mine is easy. If it steers easily at low speeds, then your steering cable is probably fine. If it gets more difficult as you go faster, then I'd look closely at the rudder to see if it's bent.
Note that there will probably be a pull to one side or the other while you're moving at speed - but it should be a pull that can be overcome quite comfortably with one hand lightly on the wheel.
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:40 PM
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Unfortunately i don't have a lot of comparison experience. I think mine is fine. It is harder to turn when going fast vs. just putting but doesn't seem to be too tough.
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Old 11-17-2014, 03:10 PM
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Updating my posts. I replaced the rudder box it was worn. But I have a question does any one know if while driving that if you turn to the right it seems to grab the boat and turn quicker that turning to the left? When turning left it seems to slide more....
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Old 11-17-2014, 05:53 PM
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My guess it is the natural tendency of the prop wash to favor turning one direction versus the other. The prop will "bite" into turns one direction harder than the other.

I have tracking fins and I believe they help with this issue, but even with those it is easier to turn to starboard versus port on my X25. I just don't "slip".
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:47 PM
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It may be the way the boat is weighted - depending on how much load (people, beer, stuff) is loaded on port v. starboard, it can affect how the boat turns each way.

I found a unique handling issue on mine when I bought it. It had the stock 14x20 prop on it, and 90% of the time it was impossible to make a full-power turn (like going back to protect a fallen skier from an oncoming boat) in any reasonable time. Under power it would roll gently into the turn, and I couldn't turn tighter than a 100 yard circle. I swapped to a 13.5x17.5, and those turns tightened up to a reliable 20 yards when under power. If that's the kind of problem you're having, you might look into it.
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