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Old 13 June 2018, 12:21   #1
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Wave jumping a SIB - engine tilt issues

Anyone thought about this in respect of the way the engine tends to lift and then slam? Can't exactly do engine mounts or transom much good.

I tend to go easy to try and avoid it but it happens sometimes when you get caught out or with short wavelengths when you misjudge and slam into the face of the next wave.

You can adjust the jobby on the gear change rod to stop it tilting in forward as well as in reverse but then you're in trouble hitting an underwater obstacle or when you're beaching and tilting at the last moment.
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Old 13 June 2018, 12:46   #2
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Nip the nuts up a little on the tilt tube so you have a little more friction should keep it in place
Takes a little more effort to tilt the engine but should stop it tilting in the circumstances you describe
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Old 13 June 2018, 16:22   #3
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One of the operational characters of that Mercury/Mariner tilt system really. With our loads we never jump as such just plough a slightly lighter furrow... so never suffered it with any of the three of those engine types we've owned.

Of course the Suzuki in common with many others locks down as soon as you drop it so this would not happen... but you do have to remember to release the latch when beaching which isn't that hard.
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Ahh - maybe more an issue just with this 'one-hand' tilt/trim engine then? As you say not much I can do except rig the non-tilt mech in forward by moving the activator.

Thanks beamishken - not sure it will make a difference given the above but thanks to you I did check it and it needed nipping up anyway.
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Stick some bungees around the leg and leave the tilt in the unlocked position, the bungees need to be quite tight, that's what we do with the thundercats
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not something i have experienced i guess the engine manufacturer and boat builders have it mind stress wise.
but then i generally forget mine is locked anyway but always lift on to shallow drive when coming in so it reminds me.
bungee's a good idea though
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Cheers chaps - will check out the bungee idea if we get out this weekend - forecast could go either way at present...
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