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ContinuousWave: Whaler Performance
|Author||Topic: Montauk Wag|
posted 01-15-2004 08:45 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 01-15-2004 09:07 AM ET (US)
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).
posted 01-15-2004 04:11 PM ET (US)
I'll check but I didn't notice this off hand. The helm and cable where replaced at the start of last summer.
posted 01-16-2004 08:50 AM ET (US)
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...
posted 01-16-2004 11:35 AM ET (US)
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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