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Old 20 August 2007, 12:54   #1
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Throttle Practice and relative perofrmance

When it is calm and safe, do people run at speed - 25+k with one hand on the throttle, or do they run with both hands on the wheel (or even one hand on the wheel) leaving the throttle in a fixed position??

And would you expect a yam 4 stroke 150 on a 6.5m Ballistic with three adults to run slower than a solent with six up with a 150 opti?
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Its never Calm and safe on a RIB at that kind of speed or greater, people that think that will run into trouble at some point in their boating life.

So, hand on throttle for me every time.

As for Ballistics and Solents of the same size and power output.....I would have thought you already know the answer Bruce. Solents are based on the Tohatsu design of hulls and as we all know are one of the quickest hull designs about in Calm or Moderate conditions, however when things get seriously bad I would have thought the Ballistic would have an edge.

However I have never had experience of the Ballistics, just based on info I have read, pictures and RIBs I have seen.
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No hard and fast rule for me. When its bumpy, I sometimes feel more in control with both hands on the wheel.

This goes against my instincts but it just feels more natural.
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I tend to agree with Andy. WHile all recommendations are 1 hand on the throttle in some of the conditions around here sometimes 2 on the wheel feel correct.

Having said that it is never at WOT and often while "jogging" along at circa 10 knots.

Just my tuppence worth.

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When it is calm and safe, do people run at speed - 25+k with one hand on the throttle, or do they run with both hands on the wheel (or even one hand on the wheel) leaving the throttle in a fixed position???
One hand on the throttle always.

If I need a hand for playing with the GPS etc it will come from the wheel.
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always one hand on wheel and one on the throttles as was drilled into me when i became a PBI
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Varies for me too.. my gear is DTS (Digital Throttle and Shift)and very sensitive, and I've had to learn to grip it very slackly, a firm grip on this throttle in rough unstable conditions could land you in a lot of bother, as the 4 stroke motor powers up instantly, and the throttle has almost no resistance, bar the centre detent for neutral. Strange given my last 2 engines were standard gear mercury shifts & 2 strokes, and much stiffer, and I was almost always hands on then, unless trimmed to perfection on a calm sea, when both hands were on the wheel.
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