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Old 09-25-2005, 02:53 PM
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Default How do you maneuver at idle with triple outboards?

What is the secret to maneuvering around the docks with triple outboards? The inside engine rotates counter-clockwise (deeper in the water) and the two outside engines rotate clockwise. How do you get the boat to spin in tight quarters? It does not appear to be as easy as twins...any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Can you just leave the center engine in neutral?
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Default Re: How do you maneuver at idle with triple outboards?

or just run the center and steer it like a single?
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Default Re: How do you maneuver at idle with triple outboards?

My first thought was just to leave the center engine in neutral, but I'm not sure if that is the best way since both outer engines are rotating in the same direction. As far as maneuvering with a single center engine, the turning radius is limited due to three engines across...it takes forever to turn the engines from side to side. I'm still confused.

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Default Re: How do you maneuver at idle with triple outboards?

find a different ramp that requires no idleing
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Default Re: How do you maneuver at idle with triple outboards?

with our triple i/o we use the center engine to get to our slip ( leavin our outside engines in neutral), then once ready to back into our slip, we put the center into neutral, then put the two outside engines in gear...and if your engines keep running when u put them in gear it makes it even easier
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Default Re: How do you maneuver at idle with triple outboards?

The affect of having 2 standard rotating gearcases will be over ridden by the separation of the motors, use the outer motors. They will have the most leverage, just shift them don't turn them. Now if you are talking about idling through somewhere and just don't want to go so fast as the 2 motors push you, use the center one by itself. Once in the water and away from the dock, just see what works best for you, better to practice away from anything you can hit instead of having to maneuver for the first time in a tight location.
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Man I type slow, just do what 375stinger said
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Thanks...I'll try that.

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Default Re: How do you maneuver at idle with triple outboards?

Mine turn this way. makes you wonder which way to turn them?
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