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Old 05-06-2008, 09:18 AM
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Along with all the other points everyone made earlier, another is the fact that you are trying to match boat speed and prop speed upon reentry. If the boat leaves the water and you just let the motors sit on the rev limiter, what happens when the boat makes contact with the water again? The effect is much like standing on the gas and side-stepping the clutch in a car. However, that Bravo XR, or any drive for that matter, can't stand that type of shock. You will eventually twist/break a prop shaft, vertical shaft, prop etc. As someone else said, get out there and try it and you will be amazed at how much the throttleman has to do. Better yet, try doing it all by yourself in some snotty water. You'll find that you don't have enough hands and fingers!!!!
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According to Saccenti, in the first vid, the engines would cut out every time he tried to trim the boat. He found a "happy medium" and left the drives & tabs there the whole race.
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A rev limiter can save someone from the odd mistake but they're not for continual use. You're basically shutting off the ignition to cylinders selectively at max rpm. Continually doing that is really hard on a crankshaft.

As far as timing, it's purely feel and experience. And alot of skill. Kind of like hitting a 95mph fastball. Not everyone can do it and few can do it really well. All you really have to do is head out into some waves and practice. Keep in mind- cutting the throttles too early drops the nose. That's not what you want to do when there's no water under there, like almost to the top of a swell. You also want to avoid powering off the top of the swell- that can get you nose-down as well. You ultimately want to avoid landing flat in the bottom between two swells and sticking the bow into the face of the next one. Speed comes into play here as well. Too slow can be just as bad as too fast. Kind of like jumping a ravine. You have to have enough speed to make it. Tabs play a big role as well. Most over-tab in bigger water. I've seen plenty of video of fast boats in moderate water "doing the slinky". They leave the wave and the boat follows a circular arch. You should land on the part of the surface you run on in almost all situations. If you're dropping the nose, you need less tab and possibly more trim.

See here-
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=wJzF8vU6oag

Then here-
http://media.boatmad.com/gallery/v/m...che_2.wmv.html
(not a fair comparison- vid 2 is the best throttleman that ever lived)

Always loved that 1st video. 2nd link is dead.
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Old 12-24-2010, 05:17 PM
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The throttle man backs off when the props come out of the water. A good throttleman rarely misses and keeps the boat flying level.
aahhemmm,,hmmmm,mmm... thanxx
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aahhemmm,,hmmmm,mmm... thanxx
Could you elaborate a little more ?

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It's these threads you have to try to remember, when you have the same guy that started this thread, arguing over who builds a better rough water boat in another thread lol
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Could you elaborate a little more ?
The good throtleman part.....
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The good throtleman part.....
Right. Whats you quoting me have to do with it?
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Still bitter?.....Must have got coal in his stocking this morning!
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There is two different type of throttling. Racing and pleasure. Two totaly different styles. One is safer and maintains the equipment. The other pushes the boat and equipment to its limits. If you want to practice the race style make sure you have your vest,helmet and support boat around knowing what you are doing. I would also suggest you do this buy yourself if your boat is set up for only one person to run it. No sense in getting a friend hurt if you are just learning. Im sure there are plenty of guys on here that have stuffed ,spun or just landed wrong and when it was over they they were thanking there lucky stars no one got hurt. It happened to me when I started running fast in my pleasure boat. No one got hurt but we ripped out both front bolsters,bent the throttle in half and were all lucky to have stayed in the boat. If you are pleasuring and just want to run fast just be careful.
One last thought. The water is never the same so dont think you have a great rhythm going and get to relaxed. There is always that crazy wave that came from no where that will ruin your day. Im a nobody to be giving any advice but want to keep everyone safe that want to experiance the coolest feeling in the world. "flying a boat out of the water and landing smooth 20 yards away from where you left"
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