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Old 16 September 2011, 04:10   #11
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Other RIBs I have been in had an electronic device which tilted the engine up/down. So I am looking for something similar. Someone suggested maybe trading in my engine for one that had this device already fitted.
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Old 16 September 2011, 04:30   #12
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Natalie, The "device" you are referring to is known as power-trim-and-tilt (or PTT for short). It is usually not economical to retrofit this to an existing engine, especially not if you don't have the mechanical skills to DIY the work). Trading in the engine would ususally work out cheaper / easier.

However your profile says you only have a 20HP engine. Why do you want PTT. Is it to adjust the engine trim on the move so you can maximum performance / grip / speed / fuel economy or is it simply for lifting the engine when launching and recovering?

Is it 2 stroke or 4 stroke?

I manage to tilt a 2 stroke 20HP no problems. I think I would be fine with a 4 stroke too although they are a good bit heavier. Could there be something wrong with your "technique" or could there be a catch sticking? Perhaps if you are quite "petite" then you might be able to work something out that gives you some mechanical advantage / leverage rather than spending 700 on an upgrade.
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I am new to all this so wasn't sure what it was called :-)

Basically the reason for wanting the PTT is that I am petite but also a couple of weeks after buying the RIB I was told I have tennis elbow in both arms so can be quite painful. I don't want it to hinder me going out.

It is a 4 Stroke Mercury engine. Any suggestions would be most helpful.
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Perhaps if you are quite "petite" then you might be able to work something out that gives you some advantage / leverage
Mrs willk does this all the time...

...so I carry/lift/fetch quite a bit of stuff
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Natalie.
When you start going you should have the engine tilted max down. Is that what you do ?
Ofcourse the best thing is a engine that has a electronic trimm, but it should be ok without the trim anyway.
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Poor Mrs Wilk!! :-)

I can manage it now but arms will get worse so a PTT will make things much easier and more manageable too.
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Poor Mrs Wilk!! :-)
I fear that you have missed the point - she makes me do it
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Oh I was having a 'moment'!! Yes I did miss the point completely! I need to get myself a clone of you :-)) Problem solved.
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Natalie,

I retro fitted a PT unit to mine. The (gubbed) unit itself cost me 100, the repair kit another 50 odd, then added a couple of evenings of foul language & sheared bolts to remove the old manual one. I'd say that's a fair price, specally if the PT gubbins is new! (you'll also need extra wiring to the helm, and a mod to add the switch to the "go lever")

Pol does have a call tho'. If you can get a quote for a P/X or can punt your current engine there is a good chance at that kind of HP that you may be able to do it for less than the upgrade, and / or you get a new engine. Alternative view is if you do the upgrade, you know the history of the rest of the engine.....

Worth checking out both options tho'.
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I fear that you have missed the point - she makes me do it
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I need to get myself a clone of you :-)) Problem solved.
Oh no, one willk is enough in this world. Still you could make Mrs W an offer. I think so long as you agree to take the old landrover, the boat and stinking outboard and all the diving crap out the house she might be swayed and grateful for the extra space
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