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Rickmeyers posted 07-29-2002 01:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for Rickmeyers   Send Email to Rickmeyers  
I just purchased a 1998 18' Center counsel dauntless with the fishing package and a 130 outboard.

The steering wheel is extreemly difficult to turn. it seems that the more engine power I use the more difficult it is to steer the boat. (the dealer says this is normal) My 68 year old father cannot control the boat.

Any Ideas??

Bigshot posted 07-29-2002 01:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Trim the engine up. If engine is tucked in (tilt all the way down) the engine will not steer. Once on plane trim until it feels light. You might also have to adjust the trim tab to keep it straight. If that is not the issue then disconnect the steering from the engine and see if it is easy to turn, if not then the cable is bad.
ratherwhalering posted 07-29-2002 02:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Due to the rotation of the propeller the boat will pull in one direction. This is exaggerated when powering up into a plane. One way to counter the effect is to adjust the trim tab exactly as Bigshot says. This will cure the problem as the boat gains speed through the water. Another solution is to have hydrolic steering, so that the counter rotation helm effect is lessened. The helm should be easier to turn in both directions, at all speeds. Another, cheaper alternative is to install a teleflex NFB steering box (might as well get the steering cable while your at it, for just a few $$ more). NFB is short for "No Feed Back". The boat will still be as hard to turn in the counter rotation direction, but the NFB will not allow it to slip back, or the helm to spin. When powering up, this is useful, but the main effect is felt at cruising speeds where there is no "pull" to the helm.

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