Originally Posted by bootneck81
...I have tried adjusting the cables but just don,t seem to be able to get it right, last time I thought I had it right I pulled back on the leaver to pull away from the slip and just about shot forward right up it
Is there some sort of secret to his or is it just hours of trial and error.
Can't be that tricky - I managed it
Suggest you take the cables off both the engine. Check you know which control on the engine is which (throttle and gear).
Put the gear control in neutral, put the throttle control "closed".
Check which cable is which (lifting fast idle leaver should move only the throttle).
Adjust the end fitting on the throttle cable so it looks like it should fit. If this is "tight" then ajust the fitting on the other end of the cable to give you more scope. Clip it on.
I would then check the throttle cable does what you expect (with the fast idle leaver) and the engine on muffs if not in water. i.e. it ticks over "normally" when at tickover and revs faster when you lift the leaver.
repeat the process with gear cable. you should feel the gears engaging/disengaging with the engine off.
if that has all gone to plan then tighten the lock nuts.
now it is time to give it a try... take it gently with nothing in front or behind first of all. Check the fast idle again. Then with the engine in idle engage a gear check to see prop turning in water - disengage - check to see it is in not turning. repeat with other gear. do this a few times
(I suspect what you did was have something wrong with the gear selector setting so you were stuck in forward - First time I tried this I has set the gear cable a little too tight so it wasn't disengaging properly - natural reaction was to try revving in reverse to stop - it had a similar effect to you described).
if it needs ajustment it should be simple enough - and be pretty small.
take it easy and don't use the revs till you are sure the gears are right.
hope that helps.