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Finally realized why Iím not liking slow/bump trolling!

Old 06-17-2019, 04:16 PM
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Default Finally realized why Iím not liking slow/bump trolling!

Fished with a buddy Sunday who had fly by wire. We bump trolled and hardly knew motor was going in and out of gear.

I have a fairly new yamaha with mechanical controls.
grinding in and out of gear sounds like hell and I feel like Iím destroying my motor.

Next motor will will be fly by wire for sure.
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Old 06-17-2019, 04:56 PM
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Agree. Love those digital controls. We have a boat that does not have them, and it’s pretty new. The mechanical was all that was offered...the rig is nice, but miss the fly by wire.
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:33 PM
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Keep hanging more 5 gallon buckets off the back until idle is slow enough not to need to bump.
The lower unit will thank you.
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Grunts N Grits View Post
Keep hanging more 5 gallon buckets off the back until idle is slow enough not to need to bump.
The lower unit will thank you.
gave up on buckets. Got a drift anchor and still not slow enough. Even trimmed up.
Im going fly by wire and troll control on new motor. Not sure which brand. Love my yam but like Suzukiís price when adding bells and whistles.
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:54 PM
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Curious, noise aside, is the wear on the lower any different? My mechanical merc you know when going in and out of gear. When running boats with digital it makes me wonder if we even are in gear.
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Old 06-17-2019, 06:05 PM
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I've had Suzuki Yamaha etec and Honda and Yamaha was deffinatly rough going in and out of gear. The Suzuki and Honda and etec were smooth going in gear but I noticed it also had to do with initial set up. I did the water pump on one of the Suzuki's and must have been one off on the spline when I put it back and it was rough going one way. Took it back off and put it back and all was good again
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Old 06-17-2019, 06:14 PM
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Sds Prop will eliminate Yami clunk
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:30 PM
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I feel the same way about high speed trolling in my boat. At the intermediate speeds my hull and motor are confused trying to get on plane, planing, backing off, reving back up....
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Old 06-19-2019, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by CapePoacher View Post
Sds Prop will eliminate Yami clunk
Or powertech also I'd guess.
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Old 06-19-2019, 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by CapePoacher View Post
Sds Prop will eliminate Yami clunk
WRONG....
Thats what they told me at the dealer. My motor has never had anything but an sds prop
grind and clunk grind and clunk.
Now dealer says I have a gen I sds and that the newest model wonít grind and clunk. So I say let me try it. If it doesnít grind and clunk Iíll buy it. He wouldnít let me try it.

He he says the newer ones are softer.

If i ease in to gear it does it . If Iím a tad more quick it just clunks no grind.

Throttle also wont stay where I put it . I hate trolling for Spanish because I fave to stay on the throttle to keep it around 7mph.

Maybe it it needs adjusting?
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Old 06-19-2019, 07:35 AM
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Adjust the throttle friction at the binnaacle
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:18 AM
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Never ease a mechanical controlled engine into gear. Just throw the shifter so you donít get the grinder going. Thatís operator error and no prop will fix that. All engines are going to have some form of clunk going into gear. Itís always happened, just worse in some engines over others. Nothing to be concerned about. Runíem like you stole them and youíll be fine.
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Fiveoh View Post
Never ease a mechanical controlled engine into gear. Just throw the shifter so you donít get the grinder going. Thatís operator error and no prop will fix that. All engines are going to have some form of clunk going into gear. Itís always happened, just worse in some engines over others. Nothing to be concerned about. Runíem like you stole them and youíll be fine.
I agree with not easing it into gear. Itís strange. My shifter is stiff but I have to hold it right where I need my speed. If I let go it eases down. Hate that but itís probably for safety. Think I need to lessen the adjuster screw a tad.
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Old 06-21-2019, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Tossedabout View Post

I agree with not easing it into gear. Itís strange. My shifter is stiff but I have to hold it right where I need my speed. If I let go it eases down. Hate that but itís probably for safety. Think I need to lessen the adjuster screw a tad.
tightness in the shifter is probably a cable issue. If your throttle wonít hold itís position while running, you need to tighten the tension screw on the control box
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