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Last edited by Delemorte; 04-14-2008 at 10:53 AM.
if you're moving ... and I say if ... it might help a little, but just a little ...
give us the story, I'm sure we can all relate
Most peeps have those rudders on a shelf in the garage
Weld 2 feet of flat stock to the bottom of it ...
then you might notice a difference.
you could always mount it to a helmet to help with turning.....
It's just there so when you're not giving it gas it will turn (hopefully). The jet drive is what makes it turn when you're giving it gas. The rudder has another usefull aspect to it, it bottoms out before anything else on the back of the boat when you're going into and out of steep driveways. Think of it as a useless skidplate.
yep, throw it in the corner of your shop and forget about it, they're useless unless you build a huge 1 that creates a ton of drag.
Same gripe here! I took the new boat out to the river Saturday and the idle was set really low so it quit the first few times I lifted off the throttle. Of course this was at almost full speed in a turn heading for a bridge. I tell ya that rudder did absolutly nothing!!! I had it hard over and she shut down straight as an arrow. Luckily it finally dropped down to a stop with around 30 feet to go, but my eyes were wide open for a few seconds.
Oh yeah, it's comin' off!
75 Spectra 18
77 Spectra 19 project
i have on for those supper sonic speeds.
the one thing about the rudder is it's also supposed to help prevent the boat from spinning out. Since I've never run one, I don't even know if that's true either.
I do know that a couple of years ago, someone at one of our outings had the bolt break. When that happened, his boat wanted to steer every which way except the way he wanted it to go.
It depends on the boat. I put one on my 18ft CP and and never knew when it broke off virtually no difference. They were the cheap plastic ones and they broke first time out, twice.
My 21ft carrera bow rider when it loses one it becomes real squirrelly (like when you the diverter to high) at almost any speed and is a lot harder to put on the trailer.
The other good thing is they are a nice warning system when you hit bottom (not before). On the 2 boats I have had one on, they both responded completly opposite. Also at idle or with the motor off they do next to nothing.