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    So yesterday was the first time putting my Placecraft in the water since finishing the build. I have a calgo steering setup and it was in the boat when I bought the hull. On the trailer it seemed to be ok and would turn both left and right with minimal tension. Now I dont know if that is correct or not. Never had calgo steering before. So when idling out of the marina my steering was working both directions but once I was up and cruising at about 35mph I could steer the boat to the right with no problem, but trying to steer back to the left it was nearly impossible. Had to crank on the wheel super hard to where I thought I was going to rip the cables out of the boat. Had to back off the throttle to get the wheel to move left and then get back on the throttle. Once I reached the cove and came back to an idle it was OK again. Any ideas on what the problem might be? Thanks in advance, Nick
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    hell nick looks like maybe the loops might be too close the bowl bolts an catching on something

    are the cables and sheaths new

    one loser than the other

    took me awhile to get use too the calgo steering

    you got to run the cables tight

    bad pot in the pivot on the tiller arm

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    Quote Originally Posted by justsquirtin View Post
    hell nick looks like maybe the loops might be too close the bowl bolts an catching on something

    are the cables and sheaths new

    one loser than the other

    took me awhile to get use too the calgo steering

    you got to run the cables tight

    bad pot in the pivot on the tiller arm
    the cables and sheaths are Not new. They came with the boat and I'm not sure how old they are. Everything seems to clear the bowl just fine, there is a tiny tiny bit of slack in the cables for example when I move the nozzle with my legs it takes a lot of force to get the steering wheel to move and the cable gets some slack in it by doing so. Tiller arm pivots smoothly. Maybe need to have it rebuilt?
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    with the speed you will be going probably a good thing to do

    norm grimes 280 he did my swtd

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    Quote Originally Posted by cj222 View Post
    the cables and sheaths are Not new. They came with the boat and I'm not sure how old they are. Everything seems to clear the bowl just fine, there is a tiny tiny bit of slack in the cables for example when I move the nozzle with my legs it takes a lot of force to get the steering wheel to move and the cable gets some slack in it by doing so. Tiller arm pivots smoothly. Maybe need to have it rebuilt?
    first, on the trailer, if you gently push the nozzle one way or the other, the wheel should turn very easily. lock to lock. you should think about having the calgo gone through and cleaned up. may need new cables and sheaths. not unusual after it's been sitting for a long time.

    second, you have add on tunnel trim tabs. crawl under the boat with a good straight edge, and see what the angle of those plates are compared to the roof of each tunnel. one may be angled down just a hair compared to the other. all it takes is a hair difference, and it can make the boat want to go in one direction and not the other. they need to be the same angle with respect to the tunnel roof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justsquirtin View Post
    with the speed you will be going probably a good thing to do

    norm grimes 280 he did my swtd
    OK do you have any contact info for Norm Grimes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bp298 View Post
    first, on the trailer, if you gently push the nozzle one way or the other, the wheel should turn very easily. lock to lock. you should think about having the calgo gone through and cleaned up. may need new cables and sheaths. not unusual after it's been sitting for a long time.

    second, you have add on tunnel trim tabs. crawl under the boat with a good straight edge, and see what the angle of those plates are compared to the roof of each tunnel. one may be angled down just a hair compared to the other. all it takes is a hair difference, and it can make the boat want to go in one direction and not the other. they need to be the same angle with respect to the tunnel roof.
    Thanks for the help. I'll check out the angles on the trim plates and see where they are at and if they are the same. I'll end up having it rebuilt. It definitely does not move easily on the trailer. I can see the transom flex before it moves. Other than the steering issue the boat seemed to ride good even though I wasn't going any faster than 35-40 and when it was pointed straight and just goosed the throttle for a split second she definitely wanted so snap ur neck if you weren't expecting it :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by cj222 View Post
    OK do you have any contact info for Norm Grimes?
    . Norm Grimes phone # 818 504 9181

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobsnipper110 View Post
    . Norm Grimes phone # 818 504 9181
    Thanks bud!
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    If someone turned the wheel without the Calgo ends hooked tight to the tiller arm. It could now be out of spool per say. Call Norm he will fix it up


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    Just get it to me and I will run it norm nick 👍

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    Thanks guys
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