View Full Version : Bent Tracking Fins

06-02-2008, 01:49 AM
Oh... What am I to do...

06-02-2008, 02:16 AM
You can replace fair easy. Buy them online.
good luck

06-02-2008, 03:09 AM
Try a prop repair shop they can fix them cheaply.

06-02-2008, 03:55 AM
^^^^^ I second that suggestion. Probably going to be a cheaper route.

06-02-2008, 10:40 AM
With a bottlejack and a couple blocks of wood, I see back in line in about 20 minutes. Or cover the tip with a rag, and get a pipe wrench on it. I think you would have better success straightening it on the boat using the other fins, keel and running gear as guides. :02:

06-02-2008, 02:05 PM
Yeah - was definitely thinking the repair route...

Am a bit worried about doing damage to the hull by pulling too hard. That would be bad! :o

Fit to be Tige
06-02-2008, 02:56 PM
I think a new fin is around $100. Yours don't look too bad to bend back into place though.

06-02-2008, 08:26 PM
I bent mine a few years ago almost the same. It didn't effect the way it drove or rode so I left it alone.

06-02-2008, 10:35 PM
My wife bent mine for me a few years ago. Yes, she is still alive and still my wife. There was no repairing these fins though.

06-02-2008, 10:46 PM
Looks like it was more than just fins.

06-02-2008, 11:22 PM
Would love to hear the story behind those pics. Same decals mine has so it really made me cringe. Tell us the story please.

06-03-2008, 01:44 AM
I agree, more than just one fin... :D

Fast, what went wrong?

06-03-2008, 04:00 AM
Well this time, we got the pictures first, and want the story.

Should we say, These pictures are worthless without the story?

06-03-2008, 04:07 AM
Well this time, we got the pictures first, and want the story.

Should we say, These pictures are worthless without the story?

he he he

It's a first here on tigeowners.com.... :ro: :ro:

06-03-2008, 03:38 PM
We'll at least I was first to do something....OK here's the saga of "The Asphalt Tige". My wife and I used to take turns taking the boat to work so we could go out to the lake afterwards. I of course had to work late this day and she went out with the usual crew after work. I ended up working till dark so I couldn't make it. Keep in mind that she is very proficient at launching and driving, ect. I get a call after the sun went down and thought someone died with all the screaming I heard. I made out words such as boat, road, middle, you get the idea. We'll 20 minutes later I arrived to see the pictures from above. WOW. Apparently, a wore out strap, an F350 Power Stroke and my wife's lead foot don't mix. If you gun a powerful truck and break the strap it can pull the trailer right out from under the boat especially when the bunks are wet. The fins, rudder and prop were destroyed with some gelcoat damage on one side. The drive shaft actually was not affected. We put it on a lathe and it was great. The lesson here I guess would be to check the strap every now and then and replace every couple of years since they only cost $10 compared to $3500 in new parts and gelcoat work. Also, not to many people do it, but install a turn buckle up front as a backup. Add $360 for the tow company to lift the boat back on the trailer ("beacuse it's after hours")and your close to 4 G's baby!!! So, in retrospect it was just an accident that could of happened to anybody. At least nobody rear-ended the boat and got hurt or sued me. Imagine. I still have the prop, I'll take a picture of it and post it later.

06-03-2008, 03:44 PM
Not to add insult to injury, but this a great time to reinforce the need for transom ty-downs and also an "Oh-Sh!t" chain up front, for those who say "no need for all that, as heavy as my bout is, it will never come off the trailer"

06-03-2008, 03:47 PM
This happened a few years ago. I have put a turn buckle on in front since. Oh, and never say never.

06-03-2008, 03:58 PM
Here in CA, if you run into something in the road, it's your fault not the person who dropped/left the item in the road.

06-03-2008, 04:06 PM
^^^ That way in most states, files under your Collision. The driver can be ticketed (here anyway) if caught, for an unsecured load. Your insurance would more them likely settle the claim, then go after the other driver who lost the object.

06-03-2008, 04:12 PM
But if you say the item was moving and fell out of a vehicle in front of you its a comprehensive claim. Found that out a few months ago driving home from havasu at night. All of a sudden I saw some sparks on the road and a black void coming at me. It was a card table that flew out of the beverley hillibiliies truck in front of me. The leg of the table went though my grill and the table hit the top of the truck. Claims adjuster told me that if I hit a stationary object it would be under colision but since it fell out of another vehicle and was moving it was a comp claim.

Sorry to go off topic. I know nothing on how to repair bent tracking fins

06-03-2008, 05:14 PM
Hey, one thing that's fairly easy to do is add a safety chain to your trailer that you hook from the trailer to the bow eye hook, in addition to the strap and hook you have now. The other thing you can do is add butt straps that attach to the lift rings on the back of your boat and then strap it to the rear of your trailer.

The first option is easier to remember because it's right there as you winch the boat onto the trailer. The butt straps are a pain because they lift rings are above the swim platform, which tends to get in the way.

06-06-2008, 12:45 PM
I'm retarded. I deleted my pictures from earlier in this thread by accident. Here they are again. Also, the prop pictures I promised.

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06-06-2008, 01:14 PM
I would have thought the prop would look worse.

06-06-2008, 01:18 PM
Same here :confused:

06-06-2008, 01:22 PM
The fins and gelcoat took most of the damage. The fins were bent 90 degrees and the right side had a nice gash completely through the hull.

06-07-2008, 10:39 AM
Was this before or after the refurb of the boat?

06-07-2008, 12:52 PM
That was before refurb.

06-07-2008, 06:39 PM