Originally Posted by Nos4r2
Only teething problem is that the engine kill stopped working-just a bad contact somewhere but something that'll have to be sorted out ASAP as it meant the kill lanyard stopped working too. Not good.
The flooding hull system is a bit odd-its very hard to keep below the speed limits in the harbour because at 6 knots the flooding chamber slowly empties and she starts to plane-then gets to 15 knots-with no change in throttle. The holeshot's a bit slow because of it too-I think I'll have to block the flooding chamber off.
I can see why boatster uses the smart tabs on his now.
I know for a fact that the kill switch works on my Merc... Spent 10 minutes Sunday trying to figure out why the engine wouldn't start, checking plug wires, etc. It ran great on Saturday.
Then realized I'm a complete idiot. Put the lanyard on and flicked the kill switch to the "run" position.
Started right up!
The flooding/draining threshold does take some getting used to. It is odd when the hull slowly starts to drain and the speed starts to rise. I don't seem to have an issue chugging though the harbor, so that threshold may be a bit higher in the 5.4m. Leave it be for a while, you may get used to it. After a few outings aboard, I never have that happen any more.
I have the SmartTabs on my rib as well. I think they're terrific, though I may be sacrificing a slight bit of top end speed for the better hole shot/acceleration. I have virtually no bow rise as I throttle up, whether I do it slowly or just jam the throttle wide open.
I really enjoy looking at your photos. Your boat is looks very much like mine, with the same vintage Merc 4 cylinder. Nice motor, though I think I have a sticky piston ring, which loosens up after the motor ruins for a bit. Need to take care of that. I had trouble with the PT&T at first, though I did get it sorted out. Let me know if you have questions about it, perhaps I can help. I have a spare PT&T motor and valvebody (unobtanium) in my garage. I thought the motor was shot, so I bought another complete, on eBay. Turned out I had two
setups, both with bad solenoids. Oh well, not a bad spare to have lying about.
None too tidy at the moment, bt here are a couple of before and afters of my 5.4: