Since putting my Osprey on the water I have been less than happy with the handling. It is difficult to put into words, but the clean, straight running of other Ospreys was simply missing. The obvious factor was that the boat listed to port when up and running, but the subjective impressions went further than that, it felt dull, wrong, and to be frank I have got to the stage where I just cannot put up with it any longer.
So, what to do about it
Sell the boat? No, there must be a reason for it.
If you are in the boat building line please look away now
I know that when building the boat I had put the batteries in the wrong place
My thinking was that I would often be running one up and so to trim the boat I'll put the batteries on the other side thinks I. Wrong
Everyone puts the batteries on the starboard side to counter prop torque. But many that I spoke to said that they could not see this being the whole issue, even a heavy house battery weighs a lot less than one passenger. But I have got to do something, so I'll start by putting the batteries in the right place
When I first built the boat I constructed a massively over engineered 'monster' to mount both the starter and house batteries and oil tank in the bottom of the console. This is in picture 1. So as you can see in picture 2, taken looking back from the bow, the console was quite full, but crucially, the weight of the batteries is over the port side. When I fitted the monster I screwed and Sikaflexed it into place - mistake number 2
If you look closely in picture 3 you can see what I thought would allow me to get the monster out if I ever needed to - cheesewires, as recommended on this very forum. These are OK if you can get a straight pull, but...............I think a suitable moral is if you fit something that you think will need to come out at any time DO NOT use Sikaflex
Pictures 4 and 5 show verious stages of removal of the monster, taking three days in all using a combination of Fein Multimaster (brilliant), and hammer and chisel. What a job
The lump hammer that you can see was not used, but I was re-assured to have it to hand