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williemon

Sharp skeggs

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williemon

The skegs on my 01 SSVLX have a very sharp trailing edge to them. Is this normal? Have to be careful not to slice my fingers on them.

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jtrovato

Can't say that I've ever felt mine. What are you doing that you're running your fingers across the skegs? I assume you mean the gorilla fins on the bottom center of the hull, right?

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nyryan2001

yep. near razor sharp.

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williemon

Ok, so I like feeling my boats skegs. Wanna make something out of it? Huh? Huh? I got ya! Yea!

Ha ha lol. I'm just kidding but yea. I was checking things out down there just cause I wanted to pretty much map the bottom out in my mind in case of damage. I checked to see if there was any looseness and let go pretty quick.

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williemon

I'm not sure if they are gorilla fins. They are the stock fins that Malibu put on that year. It has two of them. Sharp no doubt on the trailing side but more dull and rounded on the leading side.

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williemon

Now I wonder, are they called skegs or fins not that I remember the skeg holds the propshaft?

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oldjeep

That is a strut. Fins or skegs seems to be used interchangeably

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Baddog

Mine come to a defined edge but nowhere near razor sharp. You could try (cautiously) to file the edge just a wee bit.

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Lance B. Johnson

I always thought they were called tracking fins.

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saidainc

Razor sharp? Im going to have to get my mother in law down there to check them out!

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Baddog

I always thought they were called tracking fins.

They are. Sometimes you just have to humor folks.

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williemon

I guess the word skeg just got stuck in my brain from my many years with an I/O. Bet it won't be there any more.

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Nitrousbird

- They are called tracking fins, not skegs

- The Gorilla fins were not available until 2004

- My tracking fins are not razor sharp on the trailing edge

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TallRedRider

A good hydrofoil tune will have a duller leading edge and a very sharp trailing edge. I am no hydrodynamic-ologist, but it helps the wings to fly smoother that way. I suspect the principle is also true for the tracking fins. That may be part of the reason your boat feels so buttery smooth when cruising across the lake on a windless day. I have to think you are exaggerating with the 'razor sharp' comparison. Now the wings on my foil are what are called 'razor sharp'.

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Bill_AirJunky

A good hydrofoil tune will have a duller leading edge and a very sharp trailing edge.

Hmmmm, gonna be debating that with you in a couple weeks. Mack showed us how to dull the front & rear edges of the t-bar to make them not glitch, especially coming across the prop wash.

I can't say that I've ever been under my boat enough to be able to touch the Gorilla fins.

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TallRedRider

Hmmmm, gonna be debating that with you in a couple weeks. Mack showed us how to dull the front & rear edges of the t-bar to make them not glitch, especially coming across the prop wash.

I can't say that I've ever been under my boat enough to be able to touch the Gorilla fins.

Looking forward to learning more! Going to be a great time for sure.

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