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275SD Worst Low speed steering ever!!! Wish I didn't buy it.

otto hyden

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I do have aftermarket fins installed on the boat. They have helped tremendously. The travel seems to be in the steering wheel itself, but the reaction time in correcting the direction of travel is very slow. I thought that a hydraulic steering system may take up the slack and give better control.
Thanks Scott-I got so excited that I had a reply that I forgot to thank you for replying.
 

otto hyden

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Thanks Scott-I got so excited that I had a reply that I forgot to thank you for replying.
The slop in the steering is at low and fast speeds. I saw where this situation has been discussed in past inquiries. I will check the archives and see what's listed. Any suggestions is appreciated.
Thanks to all.
 

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The slop in the steering is at low and fast speeds. I saw where this situation has been discussed in past inquiries. I will check the archives and see what's listed. Any suggestions is appreciated.
Thanks to all.
Be sure to check the cable attachment behind the wheel
 

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I wouldn't bother with this post,
Crazyman hasn't even signed back on since he made the original post, his only two post were the same day complaining of the same thing,
 

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For me (with a single) it's pretty straight forward. Keep in mind that boat rotates about it's center axis, it doesn't turn like a car, it rotates, so you don't really "drive" it into a spot, if you want it to move laterally you have to "saw" it into position, A little forward, a little backwards, lather rinse, repeat.

A few things to keep in mind that are different than a car or I/O boat
  • Forward movement is MUCH MUCH faster than rearward movement. You barely creep in reverse, and you move swiftly in forward. You'll spend MUCH more time in reverse than forward.
  • You can move between forward(FWD) and Reverse (RVS) as often as you like. There is no transmission and nothing will get hurt shifting as often as you need to. This was WILDLY counter-intuitive for me coming from being an I/O boat owner, and a general "gear head" for years. Shift early, shift often, it's just a bucket moving on the end of a cable, you won't hurt a thing no matter how often you "shift gears"
  • No RPM = No thrust = No Control. You need some revs to make it happen, and there is ZERO harm in letting the engine "idle up" in no wake mode, and sitting in "neutral". Just makes a little more noise and uses a little more fuel. Won't hurt a thing.
SO......The walk goes like this;
  • No Wake Mode at least at setting 1/3 maybe 2/3 depending on conditions.
  • GO SLOW, you've got time, if you're in a rush it won't work and you'll get mad.
  • Start parallel to the dock/boat/buoy/whatever. I'll talk like it's on my right, and I'm snuggling up next to it.
  • FWD and let the bow come close a small amount
  • RVS and let the stern come in, and move the boat back slightly
  • FWD and let the bow come a little closer
  • RVS and pull the stern in a little more and back up slightly
  • Repeat until you're close enough to just touch the thing you're getting close to.
You'll need about 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 boat lengths to get it done. I've gotten in closer, but it was nerve wracking and I had a spare set of hands on shore. to toss lines to. I routinely "back up" to the dock to let people on and off. I can hold position there in good conditions and not touch the dock, or make the step overly large. My wife does a "spin" every time she brings me in to get the truck. We get comments on it about 9/10 times we do it. No leaning off the side to catch the dock, no dock lines or bumpers to mess with. She comes in, spins the boat, glides in backwards to the dock, uses the right amount of thrust to hold position just long enough for me to step off, then motors away. Super quick and painless for us, and keeps the courtesy dock clear for others. There isn't another boat on the water that I've EVER seen do that, and IMO speaks the significant maneuverability advantage of a jet over other drive systems........ONCE you've mastered it.

I tell everyone that will listen to me (and some that won't). Jets have a bad reputation for maneuverability because people to expect them to drive like a car. It's not a car, it'll never be a car, and to expect it to drive like one is absurd. It drives like a boat, a very "loose" boat. You wouldn't get in a tracked vehicle like a tank and expect to have the same controls, same turning radius, or same driving dynamics would you? Ever driven a Zero Turn mower? Wasn't like a car, wasn't like a boat. It's not bad, it's just different. Once you get the premise that it's just different, and you have to control it differently, it's an amazingly capable platform with a ridiculously simple and robust drivetrain.
great post! Thank you 👍🏻👍🏻
 

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I love my 242 and have also owned a mid 70s Glastron with a 455 Olds and a Berkely jet but the OP does have a point. Why should the stock steering and low speed handling on a brand new 2020 Boat be so bad that we all rush out to buy aftermarket products? I use my boat in NJ and fight swift currents and have also used it on Lake Lewisville in TX. Night and day difference between the swift tidal currents and a lake where you may or may not only deal with winds. I was at the Deauville Inn in Strathmere last weekend, wicked current mid tide, and the dock guys want the Jet Boats to wait for outside slips only - they have seen our beloved Yamahas at the mercy of the currents.

For all those saying just practice I respond that yes practice helps but a 4 KT cross current pushing you away from the dock with some winds will be more than the boat can handle. Inside slips in a 4kt current - don't even try it. Yes you can always make it to an outside dock but the boat may not have the capability to overcome the current and hold position - you have 1 or 2 seconds to get your lines secured or you are at the mercy of the currents. Stock reverse is a joke - both of the aftermarket upgrades help quite a bit, I have bought both and they are definitely worth it but I have backed out of the dock with a full turn in and the boat does not turn at all but backs out at the mercy of the currents/wind. a 27' boat should have some kind of sideways thrust system stock to help with steering.

Bottom line is impellers with a about an 8 inch diameter in a tube pushing water through a diverter are a far cry from propellers with a 14" diameter that reverses instantly and at low speed has close to 100 % efficiency. Yamaha can and should do better.
 
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Oddly the boats today steer better than when I first started making steering for them nearly 2 decades ago, but still not even close to what I can do for them currently . From around the dock to wide open and everywhere in between even off power . So remember jets push and props pull. Big difference.
 

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Today I finally have the longer tie rod for the new 27 foot boats so any of my ak-19 systems be it the super magnum ak-19 super magnum ak-19 deluxe or the super ultimate ak-19 or ak-19 deluxe are now compatible with the new 27 foot boats if you wish to purchase this or have questions about what one is best for your boating needs feel free to email me jeff@cobrajetsteering.com I only have a limited supply of these special tie rods on hand the systems are all exactly the same just the tie rod was longer by 6 inches, so now you can improve the boats steering around the dock or in rough conditions even steer better at top speed and everywhere in between.
 
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jeff, i may be in touch. i have a set of your fins on my 232 limited and they worked wonders on that boat. i am selling that boat now and i just put my deposit in on a 275sd. i want to get it in the water and see how it is a slow speeds. im sure its better then my 232 was stock but still probably going to need a set of fins.
 

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100% agree, troll post.

Put it this way, Why would anyone with a 275 say,


The 275 is the only one with paddles.

TROLL
The title also says 275SD - which means that boat DOES have the paddles.
 

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Don't buy unless you have paddle throttles . This boat sucks in low speed maneuvering or parking.
Give these a try!
 

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