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Old 11 November 2013, 11:52   #11
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Hi Chris, yeah I do have a friction control screw on top of the control box and I'll have a tinker with it.

The engine is ticking over normally both in and out of gear. It's just that prior to the "stiffness" (what I now know as tickover in gear) there seems to be no noticeable speed/headway/steerage other than left over momentum from having been at higher speed. Once you move the lever forward so it just goes into the "stiff" area from tickover then you're doing 5/6 knots.

It may be that the boat does creep forward in tickover, just that I didn't notice it on saturday. I was trying to avoid a fishing boat taking up most of the slipway and adjacent jetty as well as play with wind/tide at the same time. I'll see if I get a different result when I next take it out and hopefully have less things to take into account.
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Old 11 November 2013, 11:53   #12
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And thanks for the offer Trimix, but I can borrow one from work if I need a cable oiler. But much appreciated. (I'd rather break theirs than yours if it goes wrong!)
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You should be moving through the water in tickover forwards or reverse. I would not expect to need any more revs than tickover in gear if manouvering in confined spaces unless there was a very significant tide or wind.

More than happy to meet up sometime on the water and you can try my SR4 for a comparison.

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Hi -
I have a 600 with 115. In tick over it does about 3 knots maybe building to 4 or just over if on flat water for a while. So seems to be much less than you have. 6 knots needs some throttle on mine. I can echo what others said that a rib takes some getting used to . I drove a few over the years and not just ribeye's . Adjusting from a boat with more weight is weird at first! Neutral and bursts of throttle with wanted steering applied in advance is the way I learned to do it- although others on here can give more expert advice than me. What I can say is that I bounced mine a little hard for the first weeks, and then with practice learned less is more! Good luck - 1. I'm sure yours is running a little to fast in idle and 2. I like me practice will lead you not to leave it in idle anyway well in close manoeuvres (neutral is the one) ! Enjoy
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One tip, always put out fenders even in a rib. Don't use the tubes as fenders as they can pop.

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For the trailer part, put your hands at the bottom of the steering wheel; move your hands in the direction you want the trailer to go. Smaller adjustments more often are better than large adjustments when it gets way out of whack.

If you can't see the trailer, consider something like a small fiberglass pole on a magnet mount stuck to a fender or the rear corner of the trailer frame. I have guide posts that do essentially the same thing.

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Hi all, thanks for the advice.

But just to clarify, in order to get the 6 knots I do need to push the throttle into the stiff (more than tickover) zone so the tickover is fine, I don't believe it to be running fast. (I just didn't notice any speed when in tickover, but this may have been due to the conditions). I think I'll just start taking it out and playing with it to get used to it as it is a bigger boat/engine than I've previously been used to.

And I'm usually ok with a trailer (think lack of practise and a bit of stress started to play a part), but that trick with your hands at the bottom of the wheel and moving them where you want the trailer to go is useful!
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Chris, thanks for the offer. I'll take the boat out for a few more trips to get used to it, and then if I still find problems I may take you up on it!
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No problem, I run out from Southampton Water so we are close to each other. Not ribbing this weekend but probably out one day the following weekend subject to weather.
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