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Old 14 April 2008, 14:56   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Gloucestershire
Boat name: Osprey
Make: Osprey Vipermax
Length: 5m +
Engine: E-tec 300 G2
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 4,014
e-tec gearbox

At Teignmouth this w/e I noticed that when going along at speed I could not pull back into Neutral until the boat had dropped right down in speed. Apparently this is down to the Etecs having bevelled clutch gears which mean the effect of the prop dragging in the water holds the gearbox in forward as the boat slows down.

The idea is to give additional protection to prevent you from disengaing forward gear and whacking it straight into reverse whilst the prop is still being dragged along in forward rotation.

This is one of those things that I had never noticed before and I guess it could be down to the new Teleflex extreme cables that have made a huge difference to the lightness of my controls.

Chris Stevens

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