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Whalerdan posted 01-15-2004 08:45 AM ET (US)   Profile for Whalerdan   Send Email to Whalerdan  

Well, I just got my boat back (1985 Montauk, 1997 90hp Evinrude) from the mechanic and immediately took it for a test run yesterday (bad power-pack and flywheel sensor-$425). It ran great, idle and top speed.

On the run the water was nice and flat so I opened it up and started trimming the motor up to help pick up speed. The boat was real light, just me and half a tank of gas. All of the sudden I got to a tilt angle/speed (~45mph) where the boat started to wag pretty harshly. It wasn't a chine walk but a wag from side to side like a dog waggin’ his tail. It was kind of scary so I tilted it back down and it stopped.

I do have a chunk missing from my skag on the very tip. It about the size of a big bite in a fresh white bread sandwich. I was wondering if this could be why it was doing it?

Also, the course I was running was about 200yds off a couple of freighter ships at dock. The current in there get squirrelly sometimes, and maybe this was why.

Any comments?


DaveH posted 01-15-2004 09:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveH  Send Email to DaveH     
I do not believe that the missing portion of the skeg is the problem. Check the steering mechanism for unusual amounts of "play" in the cable (or hydraulics if applicable).
Whalerdan posted 01-15-2004 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     

I'll check but I didn't notice this off hand. The helm and cable where replaced at the start of last summer.


kingfish posted 01-16-2004 08:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
My experience with both the Montauks I've had (100 HP Merc, 90 HP Evinrude) is that at WOT in smooth water, enough motor trim eventually caused both boats to get squirrely - so I slowed down and/or trimmed the motor back down. Chalked it up to hull design...


Bigshot posted 01-16-2004 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Ass wigle is usually(always) current. Try it again, mine would barely chine walk with the 115hp. Now my 15 with the 70 was another story.

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