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  • Steering and controlling the boat direction

    Hello folks,
    New to the forum here.

    We just bought a 1998 Sunbird 170 Volvo Pento 3.0 and put it in water for the first time yesterday.

    The steering control was horrible. Boat wont go straight. I played with trim, took the biking cover off in case that was dragging boat, it was not windy at all. We were in a canal.

    Steering in the middle, boat goes to right. Correct the direction (slowly) and it goes hard left even with small correction.
    Steering felt smooth while operating but when doing a U turn (taking it to extreme left) and then trying to make it straight, it needed some effort.

    Cable issue?
    Lower unit issue?

    Thank you in advance for thoughts, comments and/or suggestions.


  • #2

    If all this was done at idle speed then its normal, and its caused by the Vee hull. It does wonder and you can find a spot where it wonders back n forth about the same amount
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    • #3
      welcome aboard.

      as AD mentioned, most likely v-hull wander. all v-hulls with single motors suffer from this at low speed
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      • #4
        Ayuh,....... Welcome to Boatin',...... V-hulls in the water, drive nothin' like yer car on concrete,.......

        You'll get the hang of it,.......


        • #5
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          Thank you guys.
          Its just harder to work with them docking. Will get use to it I guess.

          The skeg was bent a little which we managed to get 90% straight.