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Old 06-18-2019, 04:23 AM
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I recently brought a 22 proline wa with a df 300 suzuki with hydraulic steering , the boat had been neglected a bit here and there and i noticed the rudder anode above prop was missing which i replaced .i checked fluid in helm that needed a small top up .

And went for a run the boat continually tracks to the left ,even if i trim it up slightly. so i went back and moved the rudder anode to the left stood at back of boat as far as it would adjust google told me to lol.
Guess what went out 85 clicks and boat is still tracking to left with me continually turning right .so annoying mate came around and we did a seal test on steering ram on of the seals is not holding pressure , an will fall to starboard side when turned off at rest .
Will changing the seal cure my problem .
What else can it be ..
Prop must of come off cat twin motors as its a L counter rotate
Great boat but my arms are like popeye now having to keep turning wheel constantly i want boat to go in straight line

Can anyone help please .

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Old 06-18-2019, 06:09 AM
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does the boat have trim tabs? Make sure the they both retract fully and one isn't hanging down a bit.
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by hodgey60 View Post
I recently brought a 22 proline wa with a df 300 suzuki with hydraulic steering , the boat had been neglected a bit here and there and i noticed the rudder anode above prop was missing which i replaced .i checked fluid in helm that needed a small top up .

And went for a run the boat continually tracks to the left ,even if i trim it up slightly. so i went back and moved the rudder anode to the left stood at back of boat as far as it would adjust google told me to lol.
Guess what went out 85 clicks and boat is still tracking to left with me continually turning right .so annoying mate came around and we did a seal test on steering ram on of the seals is not holding pressure , an will fall to starboard side when turned off at rest .
Will changing the seal cure my problem .
What else can it be ..
Prop must of come off cat twin motors as its a L counter rotate
Great boat but my arms are like popeye now having to keep turning wheel constantly i want boat to go in straight line

Can anyone help please .
its not abnormal for a small single engine boat to pull to one side

there could be many reasons

have you read past THT threads?

can you post a picture of your boat out of the water so we can see engine height, tabs, etc?
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Old 06-18-2019, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by FastLane View Post
does the boat have trim tabs? Make sure the they both retract fully and one isn't hanging down a bit.
there are no trim tabs on boat
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Old 06-18-2019, 02:21 PM
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Is the MOTOR pulling to the left, or is the boat tracking to the left?

If it pulls, is it at high speed only or any speed?
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Old 06-18-2019, 02:23 PM
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Is the MOTOR pulling to the left, or is the boat tracking to the left?

If it pulls, is it at high speed only or any speed?
its tracking to the left
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Old 06-18-2019, 02:24 PM
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no trim tabs unfortunaely
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Old 06-18-2019, 02:25 PM
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yes i will get pic after work
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Old 06-18-2019, 03:10 PM
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I think you have a valve issue in the helm.
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Old 06-18-2019, 04:25 PM
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Bad Seal on the Steering cylinder shaft..The one inside the cylinder will do that. As far as I know it is not serviceable in the Field.
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