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Old 02-01-2006, 05:42 PM
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Shave the Rudder?

I am seriously considering shaving the rudder a bit on my '97. The steering on the boat is nearly neutral and I would like a little more pull to the right for easier course driving.

So for more pull to the right I would take the file to the trailing edge on the right side of the rudder (looking from the back) correct? Any reason not to do it?
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Old 02-01-2006, 05:49 PM
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That's right, er uh, correct. Right trailing edge will cause rightward pull (left compensation on driver's part). Having gotten used to it, I wouldn't want a ski boat that didn't pull. Down side is that you have to hang on to the wheel at speed. My wife had trouble with this for a pull or two.

Do a bit, then test. A little goes a long way. The pictured grind that spans the trailing edge requires a correction to about 11 o'clock to the left at speed.
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Old 02-01-2006, 05:57 PM
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shave alot i cant think of any reason not to do it unless you have little ones driving the boat on open water.
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:06 PM
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shave alot i cant think of any reason not to do it unless you have little ones driving the boat on open water.
98% of the time in the course. No little ones to drive.

Where's the file?
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:07 PM
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That's right, er uh, correct. Right trailing edge will cause rightward pull (left compensation on driver's part). Having gotten used to it, I wouldn't want a ski boat that didn't pull. Down side is that you have to hang on to the wheel at speed. My wife had trouble with this for a pull or two.

Do a bit, then test. A little goes a long way. The pictured grind that spans the trailing edge requires a correction to about 11 o'clock to the left at speed.
That is really low on the rudder. I wouldn't of thought to do it that far down. I was thinking right were it starts going straight.
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:10 PM
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That is really low on the rudder. I wouldn't of thought to do it that far down. I was thinking right were it starts going straight.
This wasn't a DIY job on my part. The boat had one previous owner. So he either did it or had it done by the dealership or the factory or otherwise. Whoever did it did a good job as you can hardly tell it's there without looking really close. My guess is not DIY.

I have no idea whether it's altogether necessary to go that low or not.

I know the picture looks like he got a little crazy at the bottom. That's just the lighting. It's as symmetrical as symmetrical can be.
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:33 PM
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i was lucky and had abot 10 boats at the ski lake to look at before i did mine.
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:38 PM
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MasterCraft dealers have a handout explaining exactly what to do. You do not need to shave that much I will tell you.
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why do you want the boat to pull? does it compensate for the pull of the skier?
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Old 02-01-2006, 07:35 PM
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so you can trailer it easier..
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