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Old 15 July 2009, 09:44   #11
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I just got in on friday and got on with it. i've never driven a boat before anywhere, i have all the safety kit and extensively researched launching etc.
Another graduate from The School of Life! And it saved paying a Consultant/Instructor who probably just trained themselves anyway .
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Old 15 July 2009, 11:11   #12
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Is there a 'useful' handbook/manual available on the 'best' way to drive these?
Matt h is trying out his Jetrib this weekend, it will no doubt get the same carefull measured get to know you, tried and tested protocol of all his new craft...turn it on,point it, open the throttle[TO MAX!] and ...GOOOOOO!
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a few things omitted....

well, didn't want to look like a fool but that sounds like me 2 mins after leaving the harbour..... 32 mph with 1.5 ft waves.... soon slowed down.

the biggest issue i had with the rib was how the hell to slow down when i'm holding nto the wheel so tight!!!!!

maybe a floor throttle?

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Old 15 July 2009, 15:10   #14
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well, didn't want to look like a fool but that sounds like me 2 mins after leaving the harbour..... 32 mph with 1.5 ft waves.... soon slowed down.

the biggest issue i had with the rib was how the hell to slow down when i'm holding nto the wheel so tight!!!!!

maybe a floor throttle?

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Hold on to the base of the remote box and use your thumb and finger to control the throttle. Top tip passed on to me when I first started using a boat with an outboard that could do more than 8 knotts.

I've never driven a jet drive. What are the different characteristics compared to outboards and stern drives?
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Hold on to the base of the remote box and use your thumb and finger to control the throttle.
And how do you trim the motor?
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Old 15 July 2009, 15:21   #16
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And how do you trim the motor?
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And how do you trim the motor?
Well, if you buy the right jet drive you get one with a bucket that not only moves from side to side but also up and down to trim the boat. Curiously enough I might just have one under my desk, now where is that JSP chap it would be just right for an Avon 5.4m.

Of course anyone who wants to know how one works could do worse than read the famous Ribnet Jetboats thread, which ran to 195 posts and entertained us one dark winter

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...&highlight=jet

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Well, if you buy the right jet drive you get one with a bucket that not only moves from side to side but also up and down to trim the boat. Curiously enough I might just have one under my desk, now where is that JSP chap it would be just right for an Avon 5.4m.

Of course anyone who wants to know how one works could do worse than read the famous Ribnet Jetboats thread, which ran to 195 posts and entertained us one dark winter

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...&highlight=jet

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Wish I could Pete, I'll buy your desk though, must be bloody huge!!
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Old 16 July 2009, 06:39   #19
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turn it on,point it, open the throttle[TO MAX!] and ...GOOOOOO!
... Recently I overheard someone discussing the throttle settings on our local 85 - apparently there are two:

1. Go
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Found this useful site

http://www.hamiltonjet.co.nz/
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Yes their driving game is just like the real thing
It is if you were at Seawork this year - they had it linked up to a couple of big 292's (iirc) and you stood at a helm position with real controls - was an effective marketing tool
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