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Old 22 September 2013, 06:41   #1
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should I stop the engine?

If out to sea and not anchored?
Yesterday out and about on the rib and fishing with some feathers... I felt it was better to drift with the engine ticking over rather than turn it off... Just in case it wouldn't start again... No back up engine and a long way to row...
What are your thoughts?
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Old 22 September 2013, 06:43   #2
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If it makes you happy and you don't mind the noise and eating exhaust fumes, It'll do no harm.
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Old 22 September 2013, 06:50   #3
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If it makes you happy and you don't mind the noise and eating exhaust fumes, It'll do no harm.
I agree, however I wouldn't be going to sea with an engine that I didn't trust enough to be able to switch it off. One of the pleasures of boating is drifting with tide & wind in peace & quiet.
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Totally agree with Pikey Dave... i am not sure how the fish react with the noise and exhaust, personally i would choose to drift with engine off, unless i was somewhere really dodgy like very close to breaking waves... cliffs, big rocks etc
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It all depends where I drift. If I'm mackereling near allot of other boats then I keep it running as I want fast reaction to those idiots around me. Yesterday I was drifting some plaice banks with a few charter boats and due to the long drift I switched off after each run.
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Old 22 September 2013, 08:06   #6
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I'd agree, switch off on drift, if you've no confidence in it re-starting don't go out.

If you'd prefer to have the engine running, why not troll instead ?

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Fair points and I agree... Only second time out and finding some confidence... No problems with the engine starting so far....

Good points about if near to other boats or rocks though!

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I have better results with the engine off when fishing unless I'm trolling at around 1-2 knots and at least a 100yards of line out for bass, but then again the mackrel just comit suicide anyway, but all said and done if you dont trust the engine dont go out, I fish up to 3 miles out with a 8hp johnson (not so far if there are no boats around) but I know the engine well haveing done all repairs myself
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I agree, however I wouldn't be going to sea with an engine that I didn't trust enough to be able to switch it off.
I agree, you need to be able to trust your engine to start.
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I never leave my engine running unless I'm at the helm, leaving it running and unattended can lead to bad habits and disaster in some cases.
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