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Old 08-22-2013
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Diesel Shutoff

The boat I was on tonight has separate throttle and gearshift on the same axel. The gearshift is longer.

The way you shut off the engine is to pull the throttle all the way to the stern.

The problem is that their doesn't seem to be any way to know exactly where idle is vs off.

Is this normal or is their supposed to be a spring that you have to overcome to shift to off?
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