Steering pulls right...

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by Underwaterwelder, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. Underwaterwelder

    Underwaterwelder New Member

    17
    Aug 27, 2018
    2001 245 sea ray weekender, trailered on a loadright dual axel trailer by a 2009 Chevy Silverado
    383 stroker , bravo III drive
    we were out cruising around today and at higher speeds/rpm. The boat has a tendency to pull to starboard. I don’t ever remember this happened at all. If you are cruising at speed, set the steering wheel straight and let go it will immediately “wander” about a quarter steering wheel to the right and the boat will head off towards the starboard several degrees (enough to clearly be a new direction/bearing) It’s a clam day, no wind, current etc. it happens in both directions up or down the lake. I slow down to 1200 rpm and under and it did not appear to happen. Just sitting idle nothing wrong. Trim tabs are both set to full up. The boat is not loaded any differently than normal. Power steering fluid is full (I just checked after the ride)

    Is this a sign that something’s about to break? Steering cable, power steering is going bad? Nothing grinds or makes bad noises or feels off. It just pulls right and I never had it happen in the past (or maybe never noticed but I would think in the last ten years I’d have noticed)

    Any thoughts or suggestions of what to look at or keep an eye on?

    Thanks!!

    SeaRay 245 Weekender, 2001, bravo 3, 383 mag stroker.
     
  2. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    970
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Did you visually inspect the trim tabs to make sure they are fully articulating? It sure sounds like one of them could be stuck.
     
  3. Underwaterwelder

    Underwaterwelder New Member

    17
    Aug 27, 2018
    2001 245 sea ray weekender, trailered on a loadright dual axel trailer by a 2009 Chevy Silverado
    383 stroker , bravo III drive
    They are both all the way up for sure. They both work fully, and I typically run with them in the full up position until I need otherwise, then adjust accordingly.
     
  4. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
  5. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    Does your outdrive have play in it left and right that's more then usual?
     
  6. Underwaterwelder

    Underwaterwelder New Member

    17
    Aug 27, 2018
    2001 245 sea ray weekender, trailered on a loadright dual axel trailer by a 2009 Chevy Silverado
    383 stroker , bravo III drive
  7. Underwaterwelder

    Underwaterwelder New Member

    17
    Aug 27, 2018
    2001 245 sea ray weekender, trailered on a loadright dual axel trailer by a 2009 Chevy Silverado
    383 stroker , bravo III drive
    The outdrive (just by hand doesn’t appear to have a lot of play left or right, however I’ve never felt it otherwise to know if that is more than normal.

    And the steering has the normal feel and play, just if you let go of the wheel it veers and steers itself to the right
     
    Little Ducky likes this.
  8. CNYBoater

    CNYBoater Member

    179
    Aug 14, 2017
    1994 200 Overnighter, Single Axle Easy Load'r Galvanized Trailer, 2009 Chevy Trailblazer
    Single 1994 Mercury Black Max V135 O/B
    Shot in the dark for me, I've never handled a boat your size, so just throwing this out there...

    Is the boat sitting level in the water at rest? If the load is not balanced and is slightly listing, I can see the boat pulling to starboard if the tabs up are not actively leveling the boat.
     
  9. Underwaterwelder

    Underwaterwelder New Member

    17
    Aug 27, 2018
    2001 245 sea ray weekender, trailered on a loadright dual axel trailer by a 2009 Chevy Silverado
    383 stroker , bravo III drive
    It’s loaded “normally” for us. Nothing different than 99% of the time we are out cruising around and I never noticed this.
     
  10. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Has it been sitting in the water for a while? There might be bottom growth on it, however slight, than can cause this.
     
  11. Underwaterwelder

    Underwaterwelder New Member

    17
    Aug 27, 2018
    2001 245 sea ray weekender, trailered on a loadright dual axel trailer by a 2009 Chevy Silverado
    383 stroker , bravo III drive
    Nope. Been on a trailer for the last few weeks.

    Maybe I’m being a hypochondriac. I was afraid someone was gonna say “your power steering pump is about to fail” or something like that.
     
  12. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Nah, if you lose power steering you just wouldn't have, well, power ;) It would just be hard to turn.

    As has been suggested, I would just go through the sytem and check for looseness/worn parts.

    While this doesn't happen all the time, the other thing that comes into play is 'prop steer' - effectively, as the prop spins, it tries to "walk" sideways and can sometimes pull the drive to the side slightly. The B3 is pretty good at countering this, given it's design, but it's not to say it never happens. Power steering also helps counter this, but not always completely.

    If it happens again, try changing the drive trim as you're going along and see if the problem goes away.

    Too much "in" trim can also cause this... from too much hull in the water at a particular speed.
     
    sdarc likes this.
  13. Prosideus

    Prosideus Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    632
    Jun 5, 2012
    Franklin, TN - Old Hickory Lake
    400 Sedan Bridge '96
    Cat 3116
    I would double check the fin as mentioned above. It may have fallen off, the faster you go, the more the prop spin affects the pull.
     
  14. scoflaw

    scoflaw Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    cape cod mass, cape coral fl
    1999 Powerquest legend 260 sx
    502 mpi Bravo 1
    There is no "fin" on a B3
     
  15. Prosideus

    Prosideus Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    632
    Jun 5, 2012
    Franklin, TN - Old Hickory Lake
    400 Sedan Bridge '96
    Cat 3116
    DOH!
     
  16. wayne0

    wayne0 Active Member

    430
    May 4, 2014
    Newburyport, Ma.
    2000 340 Sundancer
    Twin 7.4 ltr.V-drives
    Maybe there should be. Sounds like "torque steer" to me. Not uncommon.
     
  17. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's

    From what I understand it is with a Bravo III.
     

Share This Page

Show Sidebar