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    OK so here goes. I entered in my first race and just as I got off the pedal at the top end the boat got outta shape. Had no steering and slop in the cable. Got back to the pits to survey the damage and it wasn't pretty. Rudder was still attached but bent toward the passenger side. All 3 bolts on the bottom of the clamshell had snapped and the whole assembly was bent upward. Also when I looked on the inside of the boat I noticed that the bolts on the passenger side of the strut brace were snapped. All the damage has been removed and I'm in the process of making new brackets and braces. Before I re drill to place the rudder is there a rule of thumb for how far offset it should be from the prop based on how far behind the prop it is? Does anyone care to venture a guess on the series of events that led to this? Not that I plan on making the kind of pass that preceeded all of this they will be somewhat close. This is on a 69 shovelnose hydro. If more info is needed just let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steele211 View Post
    OK so here goes. I entered in my first race and just as I got off the pedal at the top end the boat got outta shape. Had no steering and slop in the cable. Got back to the pits to survey the damage and it wasn't pretty. Rudder was still attached but bent toward the passenger side. Does anyone care to venture a guess on the series of events that led to this?


    Jim, I think the first thing that happened in the entire series of events that ultimately led to this disaster was when you drove away from your house with your boat headed to Lake Ming ... Yep, that was the first thing that went wrong. Glad I was able to help ya buddy

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    Steele this is just my opinion-I used a 4340 5/8* rudder and the slow down has to be gradual or else

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    Quote Originally Posted by steele211 View Post
    OK so here goes. I entered in my first race and just as I got off the pedal at the top end the boat got outta shape. Had no steering and slop in the cable. Got back to the pits to survey the damage and it wasn't pretty. Rudder was still attached but bent toward the passenger side. All 3 bolts on the bottom of the clamshell had snapped and the whole assembly was bent upward. Also when I looked on the inside of the boat I noticed that the bolts on the passenger side of the strut brace were snapped. All the damage has been removed and I'm in the process of making new brackets and braces. Before I re drill to place the rudder is there a rule of thumb for how far offset it should be from the prop based on how far behind the prop it is? Does anyone care to venture a guess on the series of events that led to this? Not that I plan on making the kind of pass that preceeded all of this they will be somewhat close. This is on a 69 shovelnose hydro. If more info is needed just let me know.
    How come all the bolts are breaking?


    Quote Originally Posted by Franger View Post
    Jim, I think the first thing that happened in the entire series of events that ultimately led to this disaster was when you drove away from your house with your boat headed to Lake Ming With the rudder bolted on... Yep, that was the first thing that went wrong. Glad I was able to help ya buddy
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