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Old 08-23-2009, 02:26 AM
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Sorry, that link didn't have the propshaft alignment doc that's been floating around here; I'll just attach it directly.
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Old 08-23-2009, 02:30 AM
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I looked at the cutlass bearing in the last photo you posted - it doesn't look happy.

Note that the right side of the bearing appears melted, and the shaft doesn't look like it's even touching the left side.

Yup, I'd recommend doing a full propshaft alignment this winter (or earlier). If the cutlass bearing is actually melted (as it looks), you'll probably want to replace that as well.

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Old 08-23-2009, 09:43 AM
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It's probably worth checking the full alignment on your boat, rather than just checking the .003 alignment:
Full Propshaft Alignment
If the PO has bent something, you'll need to realign the engine to get the boat smooth again.

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Frank that was an excellent find! It's all pretty esy once one knows how to do something... I'm getting ready to go out again, but this looks like a fun project. Say...What are you doing on Tuesday? lol...
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:39 AM
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Not my find - it's been floating around this forum since I joined. I just keep tabs on it because it really smoothed out my boat to do the full alignment, and I like to recommend it to people (I've seen a few stories like This that happen when you only do the .003 alignment).

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Old 08-24-2009, 12:19 PM
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Pics of rudder... Sum knowedge please

well, tahnks anyway Frank! It will be one of my next projects.

The other thing that I found since taking out the Boat is that she pulls to the Left,
Once I get her plained.

The trailing edge of my rudder looks like a 90 degree. It sounds like my Right Trailing Edge should be filed to 45 degree...?

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Old 08-24-2009, 12:31 PM
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If the boat doesn't pull a little to one side, it will be almost impossible to go straight. Most drivers, especially experienced tow drivers, want some input from the boat. When the rudder is neutral, the boat can easily wander but with some pull, it's easier to stay straight. I would worry less about the actual angle than how much it pulls.

If you were concerned by the end of the propshaft being offset in relation to the rudder, don't.

Post a straight-on shot of the strut, smaller than these and in focus with the prop removed.

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Old 08-24-2009, 12:45 PM
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Post a straight-on shot of the strut, smaller than these and in focus with the prop removed.
it pulls more than just a little. It's like if i let the steering go, she takes of to the left. It's even a lot harder to steer to the right. I understand the, "Too Neutral."

Here's the pics. I hope i understood you correctly...

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Old 08-24-2009, 12:47 PM
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I agree with JimN -
There have been several stories here over the years of people who filed their rudder to get rid of the slight pull - and then re-filed them to put the pull back, after they tried to drive the boat without it. Search for "Rudder file" and I'm sure you'll find plenty of threads on here about which side of the rudder to file to lessen the pull. You can certainly play around with adjusting the amount of pull, but I wouldn't recommend going all the way to zero pull.

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