08-01-2008, 04:30 AM
Recently purchased a used boat and of course bent the skeg. Now the boat is wanting to turn right if you release the wheel. Is there any way without spending big dollars to correct this or do I need a welder?
What about a skeg guard?
08-01-2008, 06:19 AM
If the bend is not too bad ...maybe the trim-tab adjustment will help correct your problem (it probably will cost you some/mph on top-end) ~ then have a marina/engine tech check out the bend to advise you on the course of action to take when you get the time/whenever...
BTW ...you might get more hits on your 'Q in the WC motor forum
08-01-2008, 09:46 AM
If it is not cracked you could try to straighten it with a hammer and dolly the best you can and then use the trim tab for the fine adjustment.
If it is cracked then you will want to have it welded.
08-01-2008, 11:32 AM
I had one straightened by a prop shop. They are used to working with aluminum and heat.
It was cheap.
08-01-2008, 02:01 PM
I had mine fixed for $35 at a Marine in town. 2003 Merc 60hp 4 stroke EFI.
I bent a skeg pulling out the of driveway once.........forgot to raise the motor before heading "up north."
Took it to a small town welding shop on the way. Left it there and went to McDonalds. By the time we got back and for only $40.00 in cash it was fixed like new. They said they see this often.