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  • 2006 Pro Star 197 "Swimming" tracking issues at higher speeds

    On my 2006 197; MCX w/ 1:1 and ACME prop, at higher speeds and flat water, it slowly starts to drift/swim/float a little to the right and left when pulling a footer. This problem is intermittent--not sure if it has something to do with the slow current and angle of attack, or a possible bent rudder? Has anyone else experienced this and found a solution? Thank you

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    Is your rudder "loaded" (ground on one edge) at all? I can recall a similar feeling from some of my 197's on nice flat water until I loaded the rudder to place a slight constant tension on the wheel.

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    • #3
      Check your tracking fins. Maybe one of them is bent.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by jkski View Post
        Is your rudder "loaded" (ground on one edge) at all? I can recall a similar feeling from some of my 197's on nice flat water until I loaded the rudder to place a slight constant tension on the wheel.
        Exactly. If the rudder is "neutral", it does tend to fishtail a bit.
        -Cameron
        2007 ProStar 197
        1996 ProStar 190

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