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Zv18 - Listing Issue

Thread in 'Nitro & Tracker Owners' started by James Tokarsky, Jun 20, 2018.

  1. James Tokarsky

    James Tokarsky Member

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    I would like anyone with a Nitro ZV18 and a kicker to respond or comment to the following issue. I fully realize that I should contact my dealer and/or Nitro (a process that I have started) but wonder if anyone has had the following problem.

    Before answering, know that the issue I have is both at speed and at rest. I am not a boat expert, but this ZV18 is my third boat but first glass boat. In addition, the is the largest beam on a boat I have every had. The problem I describe I have never seen before in ANY boat I have every been in, mine or others.

    Short version is this, my boat lists to the right (starboard) a lot. I have about 5 hours in the thing but the problem was noticeable instantly. I thought it might be better at speed but its the same.

    How much in degrees? I am not sure. The torpedo level I put on the console maxed out (see pic). I will say this. To get the level to "read level" with the boat at rest I have to do the following. Have wife on the port side, have me on the port side, put a marine battery on port side. In other words, I have to put 375 lbs of weight on the port side of the boat to have it sit level in the water.

    Now, Nitro mounts the 9.9 kicker on the starboard side of the boat, but you would think they design for this. No one ever suggested to me that I needed trim tabs just to have a stock boat run right but maybe that's the problem (although that does not help much at rest).

    Comments welcome!

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  2. Mike S

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    Can u move kicker to the port side, as well as batteries? My boat has both trolling motor batteries on port side. I don't think that is 375 pounds but is a start in the right direction. Possibly any heavy equipment as well.
     
  3. James Tokarsky

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    Mike, that's part of the problem, the short answer to your comments is no, you can't move stuff. The batteries are all in a center compartment with no place to move. The kicker is factory installed with a large bracket into the glass hull. I attach a couple pictures for reference.

    Sad thing is that I phoned Nitro before ordered my boat and they said that they do not (will not) install the kicker on the port side.

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  4. Mike S

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    I see what u are talking about. I like that 200 on the back your boat. Trim tabs is another option but thats a band aid not a fix. Something needs to be changed and TRACKER/ NITRO needs to step up.
     
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    Take everything out of the boat and you and check out the list
     
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    Hi, ya, 2017 zv18 Pro version so it came with everything. The boat lists to the right with just me in it, well actually a bit to the right with no one in it. Also figured it’s the kicker (and extra shifter assembly, steering wheel assembly, power steering etc, all on the driver side. Going to relocate the starting battery to the back left side just behind the removable tackle box, battery cables (8’) and new agm31 battery tray on order, will let you know how much it helps.
     
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