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Tilt to starboard side on 2003 Legend Xcite 164

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I have a brand new 14ft Smokercraft wide/deep tiller with a 2008 30hp 4 stroke Mercury.  It is pretty much a bare bones boat, no flooring or livewell. I get 28mph top speed trimmed out and can troll down to 1.98mph on calm water. When by myself I do have a slight lean to the right, which I find is normal for most smaller boats, I compensate for the lean by putting my battery and gas tank to the opposite side.

I would question your theory of the foam being saturated, I am not sure but wouldn't they of used closed foam which wouldn't absorb water? And if not then I would think that all the foam thru out the boat would be saturated from the water leeching thru, not just the one side? 

 

 

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From what I have seen from other older boats is that the Expanding foam Injected eventually will become saturated if soaked for a long time. I am not 100% sure on my boat frame but most are sectioned off for strength underneath. 
 

This is all speculation as I have not seen any build pics or info. 
 

I may take a peak in the winter as shifting everything in the boat to the left side still doesn’t level the boat even with a full live well, 2 27 batteries and 80 minn Kota on the left side. 
 

I do realize the boat is shallow so even if the foam is soaked on the right side it shouldn’t be a huge weight but given there is only one console and starboard has a wider gunwale the boat would have a natural starboard tilt especially with a 200lb driver.

If bored I may cut a bit in the winter for a peek. Secondly patching the front right hole inside would be reassuring for the next year.

 

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I found a piece of foam that had come loose and was sitting in the bilge on my 1994 Alumicraft.  It sank, so I don't think the foam was of much use.  The entire boat sank not too long after that.

I have been told the newer boats use better foam.

 

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looking at the hull pics and hearing how you have been compensating like crazy it occurred to me that the hull has been bent/reshaped/twisted to push it up on one side thus changing the flotation and planing abilities on that side. 

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My Legend is a 2000 15' Prosport 40 4stroke  when I replaced the floor and put vinyl down there was no flotation on the floor just blocks at the rear ,ahead of the bait well and up at the bow bench seat

In hind site I should have put close cell foam board in the floor which is probably next on my list As to your listing prob my boat also lists but to the port side with a passenger 

Kind of used to it now

 

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BTW a great way acc to some boat build forums to provide flotation is to install a bunch of various-sized cleaned out and capped plastic motor oil jugs.  Easy to install, cheap, light and effective.   

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20 hours ago, cisco said:

BTW a great way acc to some boat build forums to provide flotation is to install a bunch of various-sized cleaned out and capped plastic motor oil jugs.  Easy to install, cheap, light and effective.   

Dollar Store pool noodles , closed cell too .

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