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Old     (monkey_butt)      Join Date: Sep 2011       06-25-2013, 6:13 PM Reply   
After taking the boat out this year for the 2nd season I wondered if there's something I could do to the fact that the boat always seems to be tilting to the right and therefore the port wake is washing out w/o additional ballast compared to the starboard tank.

After reaching out to Epic initially I also went out with a camera and some duct taped levels to record what was going on.

So the results were different from what I expected to say the least. The first runs were just below top speed as I noticed earlier that the boat is veering off course w/o countering. The boat stayed level as long as I accepted the left veering course but when I countered it leaned in as I would anticipated by making a right turn but I was actually going straight. As soon as I went back to idle speed - it was clear that I would end up in a right turn - clearly noticeable in the prop wash as well the position of the steering wheel. So tried again at less speed and later on with some ballast - even or more on the port side - same behavior.

So I told Epic and asked about toe etc due to the dual rudder but could it also be the torque of the big block? But so far I only getting a suggestion to measure rudder/connecting rod between rudders and not to go past 1/4" if I increase toe.

As I'm out of town I can't mess with it until Friday and the lake is right now no wake due to high water but wondered if some of you guys (Epic owners and the engineers of you guys understanding a lot more about this than me as a beans counter) would chime in here?

To emphasize something every epic owner says: port is washed out until you counter with ballast but I have never read anything about the need to counter steer (no rider behind). Am I the only one?


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