Voo-doo & Steering Torque

I have a 13' Voodoo which I run with a 1989 Formula E engine. The trouble is I am experiencing a lot of steering torque. I know that there will always be a certain amount of torque but this is really arm wrenching. I have cable and pulley steering and the engine is about 1" below the pad. I am spinning a 23" cleaver at about 61-6200 rpms. Any suggestions as to how to reduce the steering torque?

 

Richard,

Generally steering torque means the prop is too high and not getting enough bite. Your set up sounds fine. This makes me think the prop may be to blame. If the prop has been cut down and especially at the tip area this would cause torque at your height. Lower the motor about 1" and see if the pull goes away. If it does then it will probably be faster too. If the torque stays then make sure the prop is true and the skeg is straight. A torque tab
will help if you don't have one.

                                                                      Try these out,
                                                                       Randy

 

 

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Thanks,
Mark C.

 

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