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Old 08 June 2011, 02:19   #1
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Is a non-tiller gear selector a PITA?

Looking at buying and operating my first tiller steer OB. Considering a Tohatsu 9.8 but the fact the gear selector is seperate from the tiller and mounted on the main engine itself puts me off a bit (compared to say a Honda, Yamaha, Mercurys etc with the selector integral with the throttle on the tiller).

Say, when you are manouvering in tight spaces and need fine and quick control (into and out of neutral etc) - how practical is it in use to have to reach back, maybe with the other hand and flick the selector?

I have no experience of tillers so would welcome thoughts from both 'camps'?
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Old 08 June 2011, 04:16   #2
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Having the gear on the tiller is ok, but it would not put me off an engine as good as the Tohatsu 9.8. You soon get used to operating the gears.
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On my Zapcat engine, we have the gear selector on the side of the engine also, when the engine is in gear, but throttle is right off, theres hard any movement at all so its not a problem for mooring etc, if I ever do need to have control of both, I sit with my left hand on the gear change, and use my right hand to gently control the throttle - it's a bit awkward, but its rare I need to do it.

It's not like a car where you would need to keep changing through the gears, you put it in gear, you go play... when you stop, you take it out of gear... so I dont see it being a problem really.
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>>>I sit with my left hand on the gear change, and use my right hand to gently control the throttle - it's a bit awkward, but its rare I need to do it.


Yep I do the same and having been boating with tiller steer outboards since the 60s it seems the logical way still and not difficult at all... only recently have I bought a Mariner 15 with gears on the twistgrip and I find I have to remember not to rev the engine (say when clearing a cold engine that sounds like it might stall at idle) as it will go into gear and shoot off.

With an inflatable/outboard setup you usually do launch and go its not like working through a crowded marina with a 50ft craft!
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My aux is like that and I don't find it natural to use but I'm sure like anything else you get used to it. I don't really like tiller steer full stop but I'm sure there are plenty of people who think that "proper ribs" have tiller steer in the same way plenty of pilots think a "real aeroplane" has a tailwheel
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Only really a nuisance if you sit on the port side, when it's a bit out the way. I guess as it's a 9.9, your hull isn't going to be so wide that you have to sit to port to reach the tiller.

I usually find the tiller shift ones more awkward, 'coz I instinctively reach round the side to find no lever!
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9.9

Maybe worth mentioning here that it's a 9.8 he's considering. Probably a typo on your part 9D280, but it might cause confusion - there is a 9.9hp too.

For the OP's info, the 9.8hp is the same block as the 6hp and 8hp, hence the weight savings.
The 9.9 is from the 15hp block. It's a bit of a lump.
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As an aside - I know the 9.9 can be boosted to give more HP (>15?) - guessing as the 9.8 uses the 6/8 block there is not much scope for this - or can it be coaxed to give more horses too?
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I'd have thought not Max. AFAIK the 9.9 weighs 41kg as opposed to the 9.8's 26kg - quite a difference.

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The 9.8 is a fantastic engine, we use them on the jaffa's. We initially went for Long shaft as that is what was required but the short shaft on the same boat size makes it a lot better. The little bug bear is that in order for the engine to be raised up, you have to put it in forward gear, this is ok 99% of the time but rarely pops up when you least expect.
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