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crg4w posted 02-19-2002 05:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for crg4w   Send Email to crg4w  
Howdy all:

First, I love your site/forums. To those in charge, keep up the good work.

Now, down to biz. I have a Whaler Outrage 17' with a 100hp Mercury on it. Actually, I should say my father in law has one and my wife and I are the only ones that use it. Feels good to say I have it, anyway. But I diverse.

I love the Whaler, but it has one issue that irks me. Under power, the motor seems to torque the entire boat over a few degrees. So when you're running in open water, the vessel is actually heeled over a few degrees to port.

Any suggestions on how to correct/negate this? I usually put the wife on my right and that helps a bit, but it's annoying and I'm fairly certain there should be a fix for it. It happens at any trim, but only at speeds above 10 or so. Understandable since that's when RPM's get high enough to torque it over.

Anyway...thoughts/opinions?

Thanks,
Christian

triblet posted 02-19-2002 05:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
It's perfectly normal. My Montauk does it a
little. I suspect a deep V may do it more
because it's narrower.

The solution is couter rotating twins. Or, less
expensive, body english, like moving yourself
or your wife.

There's a trim tab on the bottom of the
lower unit somewhere, but that's to counteract
torque steer, a related problem.

Chuck

Tom W Clark posted 02-19-2002 06:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Chuck is correct. Perfectly normal. Best to just redistribute weight to counter act.

One thing to be aware of is placement of any transducers you might have on the transom. They can act like mini trim tabs depending on the type and either exacerbate the torque list or help counteract it.

jimh posted 02-20-2002 12:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
As Chuck and Tom have attested, the torque induced trim problem you have is normal. It is one of the reasons (maybe the main reason) the helm position is generally placed on the starboard side of a small boat. The weight of the helmsman helps to balance the trim at speed.

This is one of the best reasons from bringing your wife /girl-friend along with you when boating. You have some moveable ballast to use to help trim the boat.

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