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Fishtailing #12572031
01/10/18 02:26 PM
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last couple times I have taken the boat out, it seems to fish tail a little bit while on pad. scares me. Anyone know what may be causing this?


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Re: Fishtailing [Re: LTC Realty] #12572056
01/10/18 02:35 PM
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Have you played with the trim? Lowered it some?

Prop look ok?

Re: Fishtailing [Re: LTC Realty] #12572063
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Could be a steering issue... ive seen it once before. You need to get it checked out asap before the boat snaps around and ejects you.





Re: Fishtailing [Re: LTC Realty] #12572075
01/10/18 02:51 PM
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Also check your motor mount bolts.

Re: Fishtailing [Re: LTC Realty] #12572088
01/10/18 03:04 PM
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Hydraulic steering might have air in, motor bolts could be loose. My last boat did it once and it was air the steering system. Easy fix

Re: Fishtailing [Re: LTC Realty] #12572555
01/10/18 07:45 PM
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Chine walking I believe is what you describe definitely check transom bolts and possibly trim down a touch should help


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Re: Fishtailing [Re: LTC Realty] #12572581
01/10/18 07:59 PM
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Your boat is a little faster in the cooler air and water....probably just a little chine walk.


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Re: Fishtailing [Re: LTC Realty] #12572589
01/10/18 08:14 PM
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Whatever it is- make sure you got your seat belt on. roflmao

Re: Fishtailing [Re: LTC Realty] #12572608
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Re: Fishtailing [Re: LTC Realty] #12572618
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I had a Stratos boat one time that chine walked so bad that when trimmed up you couldn't steer it period. If it's not the boat then I think it's steering related.


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Re: Fishtailing [Re: GIG'EM AGGIES] #12572633
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what about a seat belt gig?


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Re: Fishtailing [Re: LTC Realty] #12572752
01/10/18 10:10 PM
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my boat fish tailed on my Saturday. Its a steering issue, not sure what it is yet. Its at charlies outboards in Alvarado right now.


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Re: Fishtailing [Re: LTC Realty] #12572794
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Originally Posted By: young gun 12
last couple times I have taken the boat out, it seems to fish tail a little bit while on pad. scares me. Anyone know what may be causing this?


What boat & motor is it? I would bet it is chine-walking. The guys above are correct when they say your boat will run faster in the cooler air and colder water. When the hull gets "freed up" from the water, you are basically balancing the boat on the pad. The torque from the propeller is trying to knock you off the balancing point.

You definitely want to make sure you have no slack in the steering system and that your motor mounts are intact. Even the newer hydraulic steering can develop slop if you have air bubbles in the system. With the boat on the trailer, turn the wheel slightly from side to side. The motor should respond to the movements. If it does not, you have some air in the system or you have some loose bolts in the steering column. This can lead to Disaster if left unchecked.

Watch this to see what can happen if the steering fails. The boat can do a 180 degree turn at high speed and eject you & your passengers. It was discovered that the lock nut on the steering arm from the steering system to the motor tiller arm had vibrated loose and came off causing this accident. These two young men were definitely very fortunate. The Good Lord had His hand over them that day.

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

The hull will begin to oscillate side to side in what is called chine-walking and is common with lighter high performance hulls like Bullets & Allisons. Older Tritons are also known to do this as will some BassCats. This is completely normal at high trim angles. You can trim down to lessen the effect as one guy suggested.

The trade-off is, more wetted hull surface, more drag, less top speed. Very small corrections can be made to the steering wheel to offset this oscillation but it takes lots of seat time & practice. The best thing to do is simply trim the motor down a bit to minimize the chine walk.

Last edited by Ken A.; 01/10/18 10:51 PM.
Re: Fishtailing [Re: LTC Realty] #12572802
01/10/18 10:52 PM
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Mine did that if I trimmed it up too high. Knock the bow down a little.


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Re: Fishtailing [Re: LTC Realty] #12572957
01/11/18 12:37 AM
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Depends if it is sliding sideways or chine walking. Sliding is a problem. Walking, learn to drive it. If he has had the boat more than a year. I assume he has drove it in cool weather before. He said this just started

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