The last time I was at the lake the boat started pulling to the left, I was afraid that my skegs got bent because I was beaching the boat and after looking at them they do look a little bent , although after talking to some people about this I was told that they would have to be bent a shit load to make the boat pull to the left, I was told to look at the steering cables so I did and they were a little loose, after tightening them I noticed that the front steering pulleys were not turning , after looking at this more I realized the cables do not come off the pulleys straight towards the steering shaft, I was able to line it up a little better although it is still a little off, the gear on the steering shaft is welded so the only way to make it perfect is to grind the welds and re-weld so I'm going to try and post some pics to see what you guys might think , I'm not sure if they are ok the way they are or if I need to re-weld this gear,,,(the steering shaft and gear were like this from the 1st owner before my dad) I was able to tighten the cables up with about 1.5-2 inches of slack when pressed down on the cables, the steering feels a lot tighter now. So take a look at the pics ( if I can post them) and let me know what you think , thanks... I had to send the pic from my phone , damn computer wont do it ..
I know the cables come off the top of the pulleys a little to the left and not straight but is this enough to take it all apart and weld the gear or does it look ok to leave it alone? I can flip the gear over and I will have enough room,, I did not know the gear was welded I tried loosening the set screws and then saw the welds, so the only way to fix this is to re-weld it,, the steering shaft has no key way ...
If I was working on the steering shaft for some reason ,I might try to do something about it.But I don't think I would tear into it just for that reason.
I would see to it that my pulleys were free and working correctly though.
It is not unusual for v drive boats to pull one way or the other depending on prop rotation.
If it were me I would invest in chain lube and marine grease in a small hand gun(not a weapon) and lube everything up. At times if the chain is a little sloppy and the pulleys are dry it can create this problem. reason being if things are not moving freely it will take up chain roll and it will take more steering to keep it straight. Don't forget the rudder gland. MLAO.
Thanks a lot for the help !, I did lube everything and just to be clear about how tight should the cables be ? If pressing down on the cables say around the middle of the stringer how much slack should I have ? Or is every boat different ? Im really not sure