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Old 06 April 2011, 04:35   #1
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Twisted Skeg

Hi I haev noticed my skeg is twisted.
Could have happened years ago.
Its effecting the steering due to the twist.
How can I straighten the skeg? or get it repaired.??

Its s 75hp ELPTO Mariner (y.o.m 1991)

I have had this from new and its never let me down. :-)
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Old 06 April 2011, 05:19   #2
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I recently had both skegs repaired, the dealer had dropped the boat on the slip when installing the engines and the skegs were missing about 1 1/2 inches from each. Cost 300 for both skegs to be ground down, new skegs welded and the gearboxes resprayed. Now looks good as new.

I'm guessing that if it is only twisted you could maybe put some heat into it before trying to straighten it. Or for 150 get the skeg replaced.
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Have you tried adjusting the trim tab to counteract the twist? It's surprising how much effect the tab has on steering.
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Have you tried adjusting the trim tab to counteract the twist? It's surprising how much effect the tab has on steering.
From a bloke who thought that 'Twisted Skeg' was a death metal band.
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From a bloke who thought that 'Twisted Skeg' was a death metal band.
'Twisted Skeg', I like it! Now all I need is a bass player and we're off
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'Twisted Skeg', I like it! Now all I need is a bass player and we're off
I know where there's Grey Mullet player.
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Ok I will try adjusting the trim fin and see how that goes but the twist is quite noticable. had a go with the hammer to try to flatten and straighten the skeg and that seems to be working but taking it very slowly as cast ally can break easily.

Where did you get the repairs done?

Twisted skeg.. hmm yep defo sounds like a Heavy Metal Band. :-)
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Repaired by Mitchell Outboards in Glasgow. He had ordered replacement skegs from Quicksilver as Evinrude don't supply them, they look just like new. I think if you can find anyone that can weld aluminium and do a paint job you'll be ok.
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