Quicksilver 380HD off centre V floor
I have just tested a friends quicksilver 380hd with 25hp mercury 2 stroke with a view to buying it. It is approx 6 years old but only used 3 times!
However, the boat (not engine) was left out to the elements over these 6 years and it got very grubby and had collected bathtub amounts of water (plus gravel that kids had tipped in) in the startbaord bow section causing the bottom to bulge.
I deflated it all and took out the floor boards and power hosed it etc and closely checked the floor middle bladder as i had previously noticed the underside V in the floor was approx 6cm to one side (i.e. not in the dead middle). It appeared normal on inspection but on reflating it all, 3 times in total, the underside V stayed off centre.
The reason i raise this is that i took the boat out from bracklesham to Chichester and it went very well, even in choppy water, apart from the tiller being difficult to turn and sometime very hard - a little more as speed progressed. It stayed on a straight line, planed fine but resisted steer change of direction. I didn't experiment with the tension on the tiller as i had just had the engine serviced and the engineer took the engine out on his boat and he said it was great.
Might this problem have anything to do with the off-centre V or is it the tiller or perhaps something else?. Might the water ponding in the front have permanetly altered the shape?
Is the off centre V anything to worry about at all?
Any thoughts would be most welcome. I am a relative novice!