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#12572831 - 01/10/18 05:11 PM CHECK YOUR STEERING!!!!
Ken A. Offline
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Registered: 10/02/06
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Loc: Trophy Club, TX
I just read where they recovered the body of the angler in Florida from Lake Okeechobee. So sad to hear that a fellow angler left his young family behind.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local/...OHSsbVmUcjdG5H/

Gentlemen, there has been a lot of talk lately about hypothermia and how to survive in the water if you are ejected from the boat. I know it was discovered that this accident was not caused by a mechanical issue but rather the driver spearing a wave.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AkgjPkCQXc

This accident was caused by a mechanical problem that could have very well been avoided. It was discovered the locking nut that attaches the hydraulic steering to the outboard motor had come loose, most likely from vibration. This allowed the motor to swing sharply to the side while the boat was underway and ejected both the young men.

Guys, as you get your boat ready to launch, PLEASE do a quick visual check to the nuts & bolts on the steering system!!

If you are running down the lake at any speed at all at a high trim angle, the rotation of the prop causes tremendous torque on the steering system. Before hydraulic steering came along, it was much more apparent as to how much steering torque was felt on the wheel. The higher your motor is on the jackplate the more steering torque you will be placing on the system. I have been chunked out of a bass boat at 70+ and it is NOT MUCH FUN.

Let's do some preventative stuff here before we hit the lake. I don't want any of you to have to find out how long you can survive in 50 degree water. Let's take a few seconds to check our boats and STAY OUT OF THE WATER until it hits at least 80 this summer!!


Edited by Ken A. (01/10/18 05:12 PM)

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#12572867 - 01/10/18 05:37 PM Re: CHECK YOUR STEERING!!!! [Re: Ken A.]
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#12572881 - 01/10/18 05:46 PM Re: CHECK YOUR STEERING!!!! [Re: Ken A.]
CubbyObrien Offline
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well said!
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#12572952 - 01/10/18 06:33 PM Re: CHECK YOUR STEERING!!!! [Re: Ken A.]
Dubee Offline
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Registered: 07/17/11
Posts: 1703
Loc: Godley Tx
Ken, we are 2 of the very few that think that accident was due to mechanical failure. It amazes me how many think it was driver error. The college kids. Not the Costa accident.


Edited by Dubee (01/11/18 03:51 AM)

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#12572965 - 01/10/18 06:44 PM Re: CHECK YOUR STEERING!!!! [Re: Ken A.]
Bass-N-Buck Master Offline
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Registered: 02/16/13
Posts: 2404
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
TFF Member Tip Strikes again always good to get this from fellow Tff'ers on some things as little as a loose nut! no pun intended.

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#12572972 - 01/10/18 06:47 PM Re: CHECK YOUR STEERING!!!! [Re: Dubee]
Scott A. Offline
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Registered: 09/16/07
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Loc: Tampa Florida
Originally Posted By: Dubee
Ken, we are 2 of the very few that think that accident was due to mechanical failure. It amazes me how many think it was driver error

He did not say this accident was caused by a mechanical failure!

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#12572986 - 01/10/18 06:54 PM Re: CHECK YOUR STEERING!!!! [Re: Ken A.]
Donald Harper Offline
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It does not have to be an older boat either. My new 2018 Skeeter, first time in the water had the nut back off. It did not fail as I was breaking in the motor barely on plane that day; but noticed it had about 4 inches of play in the steering. It would break to the right and when I would make the correction it would break to the left. I immediately put it on the trailer then back to the dealer.
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#12572999 - 01/10/18 07:01 PM Re: CHECK YOUR STEERING!!!! [Re: Ken A.]
slotfish70 Offline
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Registered: 07/31/11
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Didn't this happen to John Pierces boat several years ago on Ray Hubbard and he was thrown?


Edited by slotfish70 (01/10/18 07:05 PM)

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#12573011 - 01/10/18 07:10 PM Re: CHECK YOUR STEERING!!!! [Re: slotfish70]
Okie Poke Offline
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Registered: 02/28/04
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Originally Posted By: slotfish70
Didn't this happen to John Pierces boat several years ago on Ray Hubbard and he was thrown?


Yes, and he was lucky to have survived it.
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#12573013 - 01/10/18 07:12 PM Re: CHECK YOUR STEERING!!!! [Re: Ken A.]
Okie Poke Offline
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Do you just look at the nuts and check to see if they're tight?
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#12573017 - 01/10/18 07:15 PM Re: CHECK YOUR STEERING!!!! [Re: Okie Poke]
coachmas Offline
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Registered: 02/24/04
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Loc: Back at Palestine
Originally Posted By: Okie Poke
Do you just look at the nuts and check to see if they're tight?


I was about to ask same question. What am I checking or looking for?
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#12573018 - 01/10/18 07:16 PM Re: CHECK YOUR STEERING!!!! [Re: Okie Poke]
senko9S Offline
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Registered: 10/15/03
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Originally Posted By: Okie Poke
Do you just look at the nuts and check to see if they're tight?


maybe in okieland... rolleyes
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#12573019 - 01/10/18 07:17 PM Re: CHECK YOUR STEERING!!!! [Re: Okie Poke]
Scott A. Offline
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Registered: 09/16/07
Posts: 2482
Loc: Tampa Florida
Originally Posted By: Okie Poke
Do you just look at the nuts and check to see if they're tight?

Nuts, bolts, move the engine back and forth with it off of the transom saver.
Check jack plate bolts and look for visible leaks from the cylinder etc.

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#12573021 - 01/10/18 07:18 PM Re: CHECK YOUR STEERING!!!! [Re: senko9S]
Okie Poke Offline
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Registered: 02/28/04
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Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Originally Posted By: senko9S
Originally Posted By: Okie Poke
Do you just look at the nuts and check to see if they're tight?


maybe in okieland... rolleyes



Well, get your azz over here and check my nuts!!
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#12573037 - 01/10/18 07:30 PM Re: CHECK YOUR STEERING!!!! [Re: Ken A.]
Clark3 Offline
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Registered: 01/22/12
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Loc: Haslet, TX
So the report where they speared a wave was not true? I've been trying to follow the updates but the one I saw said they speared a wave and said nothing about mechanical failure
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