Why does your outboard boat pull hard to the right (or left) and won’t track straight?
Here are 7 tests to learn why your boat won’t track straight, either because it pulls right or left. We have also gathered solutions and tutorials for you to fix this issue.
When you are out boating, you probably want to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. One thing that can ruin the journey is a boat pulling to the right or left and not tracking straight in the water. Let’s talk about why your outboard does that and how you can fix it!
Top questions about boat pulling to the right or left
What is a torque tab and where is it?
Torque tabs help to compensate for the torque created by the rotation of the propeller. This piece of metal is shaped like a fin. Is it located right above the propeller and fixed on the section of the engine called the anti-cavitation/anti-ventilation plate. The torque tab is easy to install, adjust, and will not reduce the speed of the boat.
Why my outboard pulls to the right or to the left?
This issue can have multiple causes. It could be possible that simply, the weight distribution on your boat is not even. It could also be because your propeller has a dent or an imperfection. Another reason could be that your torque tab is not adjusted properly. Finally, if you have trim tabs and they are not mounted correctly, it will cause your boat to not track straight, either to the right or to the left. To diagnose the origin of your specific issue, check this article’s tests!
What does an engine’s skeg do and where is it?
The skeg is the bottom part of the lower unit of your outboard boat motor. It is the “fin” part below the propeller. It is there to protect the propeller in case you hit something and also serves as a fin/center board that keeps your boat straight and stable when driving.
How to best distribute weight inside my boat?
The best way to distribute weight in a boat is to place that weight near the center of gravity and center of buoyancy. Where is that? For most boats, it is 60-65% aft of the bow. This way, you will get the best speed and fuel efficiency.
How to choose the size of trim tabs?
There is a rule of thumb for this according to bennetttrimtabs.com. If your boat has a max speed of 40MPH, get one inch of trim tab width, for every foot of boat length. As an example, if your boat is 22 feet long, you should have a 22 inch trim tab or wider.