Originally Posted by davidpm
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?
My 1983 Sabre was that way, and boy was it a surprise when the boat was new and the first time I came in to dock bringing her home, and had both a current and the wind at my back and throttled back in forward, went to reverse and was set to throttle up to settle us along side the dock...when I apparently pulled too hard and she stalled. My wife was rattled and never the same. Saved the boat, as I had snagged the pile and had a spring line on it and she started right back up, but it was a learning experience....reinforces the never approach anything solid that you don't want to hit...you just never know.