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Old 18 December 2003, 14:55   #1
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Finally got to test F6

Finally had the rib delivered Flatacraft F6, and tried her out today.
First experience of helming a rib, they have a huge grin factor dont they.

Had to get used to the fact that the engine/prop torque wants to turn her to starboard, loosen your grip on the wheel and off she goes. I believe there is a way to adjust this yes?

Think I'll change to hydaulic steering anyway.

Dont like the trottle controls very stiff at the moment.

Ran well with following swell, and on the return into wind and swell proved a dry boat, at 20-25kts. Cant wait to have some more fun
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Old 18 December 2003, 15:21   #2
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just been looking at the thread on Hydralic steerng is 400-500 about right for my rib, and are they easy to fit? sorry about the questions but I am a newbie
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Old 19 December 2003, 04:59   #3
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Sun Coast, before you fit hydraulic steering can I suggest you experiment with the trim tab at the back of the engine/stern drive to take out the touque steering. Bit tricky working out which way to move it and only needs small amounts. Also it is only really effective at one speed, so choose your normal cruising speed.

By using the current cable system you will be able to feel the differences as you adjust it. Once you fit hydraulic steering there is little feedback so you won't be able to tell if the steering is pulling to one side.

Post some pics of her,

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Old 19 December 2003, 05:46   #4
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Re: Finally got to test F6

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First experience of helming a rib, they have a huge grin factor dont they.

Ran well with following swell, and on the return into wind and swell proved a dry boat, at 20-25kts. Cant wait to have some more fun
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