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Old 09 December 2005, 07:46   #11
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Never used Gaffrigs but loads of racers use them - they must give you better control than the standard sloppy throttles you get as standard.
A top mounted throttle gives a lot more control than a side mounted one.
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Old 09 December 2005, 07:47   #12
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A top mounted throttle gives a lot more control than a side mounted one.
Hope so - that's why I asked for one. Are the standard Suzuki ones any good???
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Don't know about the Suzuki ones.

However, I reckon that you're better off with the "stick" bit mounted on the right hand side of the mount box. I find that as the stick on ours is to the right of the box, I have somewhere to rest my hand, so small and quick throttle adjustments can be made easily.
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Hi there. Thanks for your reply. I'm thinking of a foot throttle for the Scorpion but I'm now a bit wary after your comment about standing up. It makes sense as I'm only 5'2" tall and have to stand up for almost everything. You certainly meet some very knowledgeable and experienced people here on this forum.

I'm still a bit puzzled about Gaffrigs though. The only Gaffrigs I know about are large wood pole thingy's with a crutch and with red sails on because my uncle has an old wooden boat like this near Ipswich, and I'm sure you're not talking about those are you?
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[QUOTE=Cookee] If you don't touch the throttle imagine the shock load on the gearbox, saddle and the transom as the prop re-enters the water doing twice the speed of the boat!



I don't agree, the oposite is true. In a big sea constant working of the throttle is required, but if travelling at WOT or there abouts and crossing wake or whatever, causing the boat to leave the water, the boat doesn't half it's speed on re-entering the water so why half the engine speed? The faster water passing over the prop on re-entry would then apply reverse force on the gearbox which would strain the bearing carrier and the other componants above mentioned.
In a race situation where the boat is leaving the water on a regular basis and over-reving could become an issue, perhaps. But, in a recreational boating situation I reckon that our friend is better off keeping both hands on the wheel and choosing his line rather than grabbing at the throttle to prevent a momentary rise in revs. In my opinion



As for Alice and her Gaffers! We've got a whole fleet of 'em in Falmouth which race in the summer. If you wanna get all 5'2" of ya' down here we'll fix you up with a ride. It's the best fun you'll have without an engine, if you can cope with the post race "P" ups.
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But, in a recreational boating situation I reckon that our friend is better off keeping both hands on the wheel...
I think that recommended "best practise" from most sources is to keep one hand on the throttle at all times.

Alice - If your Scorpion has a standard console and jockey seats, then considerable modification would be needed to convert to a foot throttle.
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I think that recommended "best practise" from most sources is to keep one hand on the throttle at all times.

Alice - If your Scorpion has a standard console and jockey seats, then considerable modification would be needed to convert to a foot throttle.
Also Alice it would be bloody awkward performing "best practise" and keeping one hand on it!! Come on Dickie, you need bucket seats and your arse on the floor for a foot throttle!
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I don't agree, the oposite is true. In a big sea constant working of the throttle is required, but if travelling at WOT or there abouts and crossing wake or whatever, causing the boat to leave the water, the boat doesn't half it's speed on re-entering the water so why half the engine speed?
In practise though the prop looses grip and just spins, the boat slows down and your going nowhere. Quickly dipping the revs brings the prop speed down enabling it to grip again and your off.

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Come on Dickie, you need bucket seats and your arse on the floor for a foot throttle!
Exactly
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