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Old 01 April 2012, 08:03   #1
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New RIB...steering problems.

Good Morning All,
Having purchased a new 5.5metre Zodiac Pro with a evinrude etec 90 hp, I took it out yesterday for the first time in Fowey. I had a smaller zodiac with an evinrude 60 on it before so I have something to compare it to.

The first thing i noticed was it felt very juddery at low speeds compared to the old one.....is this just a brand new engine settling in or something I should be concerned about?

Secondly when at high speed the wheel pulled heavily to starboard, not just like a car with bad tracking but if I had let go of the wheel the RIB would have gone straight into a tight turn, surely this cannot be right, the old one stayed pretty much on a straight course if you let go.

The guy who set up the boat did mention that boats like this will tend to pull one way or the other and I accepted that, but this seems excessive and i am not comfortable with it.

I am ringing my RIB guy tomorrow but would love some feedback from you lot before i do with reference to the engine juddering and also the steering.

On the plus side the boat itself is fab, much more room than the old one and also we were accompanied all the way from town key out to the bar by a dolphin off both bows and going under the boat, never seen a dolphin from the boat before so very exciting.

I'm sure (hope) these are just teething problems and easily rectified and would love your comments.

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Hi Midger
Juddery doesn't sound right, do you mean at tickover in neutral or whilst under way?
Steering is almost certainly the trim tab needs adjusting, not a problem at all and with a bit of experimentation should eliminate that pull at speed. Give the etec owners a bit more info on that juddering and see what they say
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To correct the address of the board change the direction of the wing that is in the lower unit
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Hi Midger
Juddery doesn't sound right, do you mean at tickover in neutral or whilst under way?
Steering is almost certainly the trim tab needs adjusting, not a problem at all and with a bit of experimentation should eliminate that pull at speed. Give the etec owners a bit more info on that juddering and see what they say
Thanks for that , the juddering is more a large vibration at slow ahead, engine just doesn't sound happy , I'm sure if I take it back to him he can tweak something !!

With the steering , when you say trim tab are you referring to trimming the engine when running or something else , sorry , not very mechanically minded !! Thanks for the suggestions .
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To correct the address of the board change the direction of the wing that is in the lower unit
Sorry to be a daft head but I don't follow any of that!! Any chance of saying it in idiot speak ?!?
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They're referring to the trim tab, which may also be the sacrificial anode on your motor. It's designed to offset the steering torque when off set slightly. (never seems to work for me)

it's no 74 in the pic


Is your steering Mechanical?
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Old 01 April 2012, 10:07   #7
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They're referring to the trim tab, which may also be the sacrificial anode on your motor. It's designed to offset the steering torque when off set slightly. (never seems to work for me)

it's no 74 in the pic


Is your steering Mechanical?
Yes it's mechanical ( I think ) . With all this talk of anodes and steering torque I had better leave it to the professionals !!
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Sounds like very "loose" cable steering to me. You'll probably find its less prominent if you trim out (with the power trim) a little as well. (i too never seem to have much luck with those trim tab anodes!). Failing that you could install hydraulic steering which will eliminate this issue.
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Hydraulic would be the way to go but the other cheaper option is a no-feedback Helm, it sounds as though you have the cheap one installed. It would be worth asking your man which you have.
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Sorry to be a daft head but I don't follow any of that!! Any chance of saying it in idiot speak ?!?
How about you;
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