Posted 28 May 2012 - 08:34 AM
Comming out of a stern drive, I love the improved hole shot and tight conering!
However, I am struggling to dock. I can position the boat correctly, but as soon as I want to get the boat stationary, the rear starts to pull out, and if I don't correct quickly, I do a 360.
Is something wrong with my boat. Shouldn't neatral keep me in one spot? Am I just a bad driver, or something wrong with my boat?
Posted 28 May 2012 - 10:05 AM
Posted 28 May 2012 - 01:15 PM
Does your boats stern track sideway in neutral, depending on the position of the steering, and does your stearing center natuarally?
Yesterday I untied my boat and pushed out of dock. I was half way out when I started the engines, and I didn't notice my steering was almost full lock to one side (kids playing).... Within seconds I had spun out and slamed into the boat next to me (all while in neuteral).
If this normal, it means I should never start the boat while not at the helm (I.e. Warm up while I untie) and make sure the wheel is 100 percent centered before starting.
Posted 29 May 2012 - 10:24 AM
Posted 29 May 2012 - 03:26 PM
Each boat is a bit different, but he is right. If there is nobody at the helm, that engine should be off. If you want it to sit still with the engine on, you will play a little game with the F-N-R lever to keep it still. It can be done, but someone needs to be working it constantly to make it happen.
Good luck with the practice. Find an object in open water and work your boat around it. Throw a big beach ball out and try maneuvering around it at idle speed. It will be great practice for you when you go into dock. Most have found the ability to pull safe 180's and side moves in tight spaces once you know the limitations of the boat.
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 01:34 AM
Posted 02 July 2012 - 11:51 PM
As you have found, there is no real neutral with these boats.
I had my dealer fix the forward creep under warranty after I bought the boat. And, yes there is an adjustment you can make. The mechanic showed me the adjuster that will lower/raise the gate. Take out the pin and turn it a bit. Insert the pin and check it out. Readjust until there is no creep in either direction. I believe there is probably some measurement/method that can be done on the gate to get it close to begin with, but I haven't seen that yet.
By the way, my dealer didn't get it perfect either.
I would like to learn more about the neutral lock on the newer boats. I figured it would just clamp/lock the steering wheel in the straight ahead position so the boat didn't just spin in circles. That is always fun when hanging or removing fenders. Does it work some other way?
I see that my pics didn't show.
Try this link for the adjustment procedure.
Posted 14 July 2012 - 05:02 PM
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