Originally Posted by Frar
Jeff. I had misread some online info that suggested raising the engine could increase pull but rereading seems to suggest may cause more pull to port which is good for me. Any thoughts on a DIY way to move a 220kg motor? Blocks of wood and lots of ropes and use the trailer jockey wheel to lower the transom?
Have tried a wide range of trim without obvious success and another job is to recalibrate my trim gauges so I can do it more scientifically.
Lankristy. - Verado doesn't have a trim tab as hydraulic steering is standard as I understand. Could be wrong and it's just missing! Sacrificial anodes are flush to the gearbox.
Get 3 mates to help - Remove the cowling ( so you have something safer to push against in the final alignment)
Set the trailer on a level surface and reasonably horizontal, and support the motor with a block of wood under the skeg. SLACKEN very slightly the two bolts in the lower slotted holes on the engine saddle bracket. Remove the top two bolts completely. I would then clean out any old sealant
NOW - get one mate to raise the jockey wheel steadily whilst you & no3 watch as the transom lowers to the point where the holes align with the pair below you current position. 'Jiggle' slightly to get the bolts too push through - not forgetting to use a good marine sealant through the transom drillings . You may want to defer this until you have tested her on the water and then redo the sealant in all 4 bolt holes one at a time assuming a successful trial. Dont forget to tighten up the pair of bolts in the slotted holes :-)
....... I am assuming the saddle bracket is the same as any other merc I have owned in this description ?
On trimming out you should feel the steering go lighter as you get to optimum trim ,,,, though if the Verado has power hydraulic steering (?) perhaps this isn't so evident. I am not sure calibration of the trim gauge which is just resetting the bottom and upper limits, will make much difference to accuracy - have you got the trim on your smartcraft set at high resolution ?
EDIT - yep , no trim tab anode on larger Mercs ;-)