Articles
   
       
       
Pics/Video
   
       
       
Shop
Search
 
 
 
 
 
Home   Articles   Pics/Video   Gear   Wake 101   Events   Community   Forums   Classifieds   Contests   Shop   Search
WAKE WORLD HOME
Email Password
Go Back   WakeWorld > Boats, Accessories & Tow Vehicles

Share 
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old    M-Dizzle (liquidmx)      Join Date: Jun 2005       08-01-2012, 10:56 AM Reply   
The other day while backing off the trailer at the launch ramp I had an odd experience. It sounded like I sucked up someone's anchor line. After pulling the boat out of the water it appears my rudder had spun 180's and it was making contact with the prop.

My boat is a 2000 Malibu VLX. I have done what little research is available on this and here are the two scenarios I have heard of this happening:

One: The rudder's Keyway is damaged and it's still clamped down hard enough to steer but the rudder arm and rudder can be spun around due to excessive prop thrust (suction) when the boat is in reverse.

Two: Same as the above only the keyway is NOT damaged and this can happen at any time a person driving in reverse has the wheel locked in either direction. The thrust from the prop in reverse can "suck" the rudder beyond it's turning radius, twisting the steering cable in the process. In addition this scenario can happen on the "older boats" as their rudder boxes did not have positive stops in the rudder's range of motion.

Has anyone else had this happen and can you confirm or deny the second scenario as a truth or B.S.?

Thanks
Old    Robby Elliott (Elliottsx80)      Join Date: Feb 2012       08-01-2012, 12:25 PM Reply   
happen to me on my x80 on the drivers side. thought i broke the cable but the rudder actually fell out going across the lake. almost sunk the boat and demolished the prop.

after looking at it. my rudder arm. the arm that pinches the top of your rudder was actually wore out or got loose allowing the rudder to spin inside the arm. until it actually fell out. i replaced the arm, the key way and the seal unless the seal. i would do the same. you dont wana take any chances on that! oh i also went and bought a big flat washer and replaced the carter key with a lynch pin just in case it ever did it again the rudder couldnt fall out of the boat!
Old    Robby Elliott (Elliottsx80)      Join Date: Feb 2012       08-01-2012, 12:31 PM Reply   
i think the 2nd is bs, there might be a little more force on it in reverse at low speeds, but i would think any kind of power turn going forward would have alot more force on the rudder than any speed in reverse
Old    M-Dizzle (liquidmx)      Join Date: Jun 2005       08-01-2012, 1:57 PM Reply   
Robby, think about the physics of it though. If you are going forward there is nothing to "suck" the rudder around...it will naturally track straight (or slightly right usually). However in reverse with the wheel cranked hard to the right I could see the prop "sucking" the rudder around with a hard enough throttle hit (which is the story I have been told).
Old    9Drozd            08-01-2012, 2:06 PM Reply   
There is only 3 things that could cause this. 1. The steering cable broke. 2. The steering arm is broke or missing the bolt holding the steering cable on. 3. The keyway is either broke or missing.

There isn't a whole lot to the steering system on inboards. You've got the rudder, rudder post, steering arm, and either a rack and pinion or rotary steering cable.
Old    Robby Elliott (Elliottsx80)      Join Date: Feb 2012       08-01-2012, 2:36 PM Reply   
i understand what your saying dizzie. but thing about how much abuse your rudder takes running 40 at 4000 rpms and taking sharp turns. ive never backed my boat up at 4000 rpms. im going to guess your steering arm is wore out or the bolt that pinches it to your rudder is loose and slipped or broke your key way.
Old    RB (boardman74)      Join Date: Jul 2012       08-01-2012, 3:04 PM Reply   
I have to agree with the others. Those rudders take a lot of force at many different times. If the rudder is how it should be there is no better chance of it flipping in reverse than a power turn at a high speed. I have owned 5 inboards in my life and have used the same shallow ramp at our cabin lake my whole life. When the water is low you have to hit it pretty hard in reverse to get it off. I've done it plenty of times with the rudder turned and never has the rudder been sucked into the prop and flipped 180 degree's. I agree with the others, if it happened something was broken or worn out. It's not a normal thing to happen, at all. If it was that easy to do you'd hear about tons of people "flipping" their rudders. Your the first one I have ever heard of. Something broke or came loose.
Old     (nitrousbird)      Join Date: Sep 2008       08-02-2012, 7:42 AM Reply   
As was answered by an expert on TMC that also works for a Malibu dealer, the 2nd option is what happened.

"Scenario two is in fact... fact. The early big V-drives like the Escape ran a barn door for a rudder, and prop suction in reverse would pull it right over center and contact the prop. Rudder stops were implemented, and sent out to install on boats without them.

Peter

edit - most common occurance was when backing off a trailer."
Old    M-Dizzle (liquidmx)      Join Date: Jun 2005       08-02-2012, 8:57 AM Reply   
Nitrous, do you have the name of the expert or someone I can contact to purchase those rudder stops? I pulled it apart last night and the keyway was sheared as well but I dont want this happening again.

THanks
Old     (nitrousbird)      Join Date: Sep 2008       08-02-2012, 8:55 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by liquidmx View Post
Nitrous, do you have the name of the expert or someone I can contact to purchase those rudder stops? I pulled it apart last night and the keyway was sheared as well but I dont want this happening again.

THanks
Contact Bakes or Peter that posted in your thread on TMC (a far better place than here for Malibu specific info), they should be able to get you hooked up.
Old    RB (boardman74)      Join Date: Jul 2012       08-02-2012, 10:35 PM Reply   
Seems like a design problem on a few specific boats. Not a wide spread or common occurrence.

Reply
Share 

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 3:52 AM.

Home   Articles   Pics/Video   Gear   Wake 101   Events   Community   Forums   Classifieds   Contests   Shop   Search
Wake World Home

 

© 2012 eWake, Inc.    
Advertise    |    Contact    |    Terms of Use    |    Privacy Policy    |    Report Abuse    |    Conduct    |    About Us