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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:05 am 
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Good morning everybody.
Fishing with my 13yr old son yesterday and we had a problem with a Mirage Drive 180. He was in the forward position and when he pedaled by himself the kayak was propelling to the left. I had him shift forward and reverse a couple of times, but that didn't help. We then switched drives and the drive I gave to him then propelled straight. I inspected the drive he was using, shifted fine and moved freely. I then tried using in the rear position and propelled us to the left but not as bad because the rudder helped track us straight. Any thoughts on what I can inspect?
Purchased Jan/Feb 2020, it is a 2017 PA17T that was discounted to sell, I was the first to use the kayak. I would say I have had less than 10 outings with the kayak.
Thanks in advance for any input,
Zak


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:32 am 
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That is an odd one. Nothing about a 180 should drive left vs right that I can think of. Anyone else have this happen? Even with only one fin it would propel forward or backwards.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:13 am 
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This can happen if the two fins are providing unequal force. Some things to check:

1. Bent or loose fin mast.
2. Damaged fin.
3. Thumbscrew adjustment not same between fins.

Peter


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:47 pm 
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plfinch wrote:
This can happen if the two fins are providing unequal force. Some things to check:

1. Bent or loose fin mast.
2. Damaged fin.
3. Thumbscrew adjustment not same between fins.

Peter

Ok Peter. Thanks for the input.

1. Bent or loose fin mast. - I did replace a bent mast and fin on this drive.
2. Damaged fin. - fins are fine.
3. Thumbscrew adjustment not same between fins. - hmmm, how does one check this.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:49 pm 
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I have only used the Turbo Fin version of the 180 drives. Looks like the PA17 comes with the non-turbo fin version. I am not sure if or how fin tension is adjusted on these.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:44 pm 
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Pretty sure it's a turbo fin. I think I need to pull the fin off of the mast and adjust the screw at the bottom of the mast. I'll try putting both screws all the way in at first.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:43 am 
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plfinch wrote:
This can happen if the two fins are providing unequal force. Some things to check:

1. Bent or loose fin mast.
2. Damaged fin.
3. Thumbscrew adjustment not same between fins.

Peter

One fin was completely screwed in and the other was out about 1/8 of an inch.

Can't wait to see how it works on the next outing.

Thank you Peter!


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