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skred posted 03-16-2004 08:25 AM ET (US)   Profile for skred   Send Email to skred  
Talking to a friend with a 150 Sport, he described the factory no-feedback steering system as "very tight". He said that apparently due to the sharp turn the cable makes out of the console, it binds. He said it actually "wore in" after a while. Dealer said to "work" the steering back and forth to "break it in". Sound like something you should have to do on a new Whaler?
Moe posted 03-17-2004 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
I didn't experience binding with my 150 Sport. There IS going to be some resistance to turning both ways because of the no-feedback feature, and it's going to be highest at the start of the turn until the clutch releases.

If the motor is trimmed too far in (down), it will be hard to turn to port, and if it's too far out (up), it should be hard to turn to starboard. Make sure he is getting the trim set so that the rpm is at maximum for any given throttle setting. As he trims out (up) from all the way down, the rpms will increase to an optimum. Trimming out beyond that will see a slight decrease in rpm. If the steering wheel is still hard to turn to one side when the motor is trimmed for max rpm, there's a trim tab adjustment problem.

There is an adjustable trim tab on the bottom of the motor's anti-ventilation plate, that can be set with the tail to port, center, or starboard in varying degrees.

If when you boat, for example, there's always too much weight in the bow, and you can't move it back, you'll wind up having to trim the motor out (up) further than it should be to lift the bow. This will make it easy to turn to port and hard to turn to starboard. You can neutralize this by loosening the bolt head on the top of the plate and moving the tail of the trim tab to port. This will tend to force the aft end of the motor to starboard, making the boat want to turn to starboard more, and making it easier to turn to starboard. And vice versa for the stern loaded too heavily.

Hope this helps,

tombro posted 03-18-2004 07:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
What Moe said. No problem noted with my 150 Sport.
skred posted 03-18-2004 07:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Thanks for your responses. I apologize for not being clearer on the situation. The binding takes place in or out of the water, so I'm sure it's not related to trim. This is an older (80's) fella, and it may be just a little more difficult for him. He said he didn't like the fact that the wheel was held in the last position you left it in. I always thought that was the idea in boat steering.
This guy has owned Whalers and G/W's all his life, so I suspect this is a somewhat unique difficulty, and is more likely related to the a cable/steering system problem. The fact that nobody here has had a similar problem indicates it may well be a warranty question.

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