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Re: Turbo diesels
I personally prefer to idle as little as possible.
As soon as I am tied to the dock, off goes the motor. If I have race crew/kids on board, motor is off before they tie the boat up, ie as soon as they are off the boat, and have line around the cleats etc. Altho my 6500 lb boat is probably easier to handle than a 20-40K lb 46' cruising boat! so a bit more idle may be needed with two peeps onboard, or in my case if alone, Idle until I get things tied up, then turn off.
Turn on, untie take.
If really cold, put the trans in neutral, turn up the motor to say 1200-1500 rpm vs idle at 600-800.
Newer motors like to be idled as little as possible.
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!