Asked by: Nishan Ritterspach
asked in category: General Last Updated: 17th April, 2020

What is the purpose of the skeg on an outboard motor?

The skeg of your outboard or stern drive motor serves two highly important functions. The skeg acts as a precise rudder, allowing the motor to turn your boat accurately and safely. This function is especially needed by high performance boats such as bass boats where on plane the skeg plays a critical role in steering.

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Considering this, what is a skeg used for?

A kayak will naturally want to turn into the wind, something called weathercocking. A rudder or skeg is used to fight your kayak's desire to do so. Without them, when you're paddling in wind you can find yourself taking much harder strokes on one side to keep your kayak running straight.

Secondly, does a broken skeg affect performance? except to add: don't expect getting the skeg repaired or replaced to make any noticeable differance at all. Baypro is right. The skeg will not cause the symptoms you are experiencing. The skeg has little, if any, effect on the boat performance.

Also asked, is a skeg necessary?

Skegs are used only to assist in the tracking of a kayak. In cross winds and following waves, you can deploy a skeg to help your kayak track straight. When the skeg is no longer needed, it can be raised back up inside the boat and has no effect on the performance of the kayak.

Can a skeg be repaired?

Easily repair a broken skeg on your outboard or sterndrive. Whether caused by running aground or due to some land-bound calamity, a broken or damaged skeg adversely affects handling. In some cases, a welder can repair your skeg.

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