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Jeanneau 36 Steering
Steering behavior while under power of a 1990 Jeanneau 36 that I am considering to buy has me concerned. While at cruising speed or any other speed, the wheel behaves as if it has some play in it and feels like it''s encountering severe turbulence. Also while cruising the wheel pulls to port strongly like no other boat I have ever been on. I think the problem is probably not the rudder since the problem is eliminated as soon as the transmission is disengaged. The wheel is also very smooth and the boat handles beautifuly under sail. I had the boat surveyed prior to sea trial but the surveyor was unable to inspect the rudder and wheel linkages due to inability to find access.
My broker''s explanation is the two bladed prop that is centered in the hull and the semi-balanced high aspect ratio rudder that makes this boat such a nimble sailer.
Has anyone else experienced this behavior on any boat? Is so much torque steer while at cruising speed normal? Would a three bladed prop minimize the wheel vibration as my broker is suggesting? I would appreciate any help!