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Need a 2nd and 3rd copy of boat key
Posted May 29, 2008 - 06:33 PM
2nd question: One of my transome straps broke my first time out. Where would be the best place to get a replacement?
3rd question: Our boat feels as if it goes a little fast when first put into gear. Will adjusting the idle slow it down, or is it just something we have to get used to?
Posted May 29, 2008 - 06:41 PM
Transome tie down? Any marine dealer or store with a boating department (walmart) will have those.
Since prop speed is directly related to engine speed, yes reducing idle will slow the boat down. But you don't want to go so slow that the motor barely turns over. I think my idle speed is 600 rpm. Not sure where a carb motor runs but I wouldn't want it much lower than that.
Posted May 29, 2008 - 07:04 PM
Hi all, I'm a new boat owner, and have already recieved some great advice from many of you. My latest question: when we bought the boat, we were only given one copy, but when we went to Home Depot and the local hardware store, they didn't have the same fome that Malibu apparently used in 1986. Would a Malibu dealership have the form so that I could have a couple copys made? Try your local lock smith, we get all kinds of heavy equipment keys made at our lock smith sometimes they order and we wait a week or 2. Or try Malibu.
2nd question: One of my transome straps broke my first time out. Where would be the best place to get a replacement? Like Vette-ski said, any boat dealer.
3rd question: Our boat feels as if it goes a little fast when first put into gear. Will adjusting the idle slow it down, or is it just something we have to get used to? Set the recommended RPM, if your too low it may die when you put it in gear. If it's killing the engine at recommended RPM then you may need some carb tunning and possibly a timing adjustment and dwell adj if you run points. In other words, a good tune up.
Posted May 30, 2008 - 06:08 AM
2) Straps are pretty available anywhere - Walmart, any boat dealer or fishing store.
3) Most inboards move around 4-5 MPH in gear. If you're at 600-650RPM in gear at idle, you'll just have to get used to it or putting in/out of gear. You have much more steering when in gear vs out.
Posted June 04, 2008 - 06:43 PM
Thanks for the rpm number. When we went out today, it was ideling at about 1000 rpms. I turned it down to 600 and trailering and docking went much, much better.
Posted June 04, 2008 - 07:35 PM
a couple weeks ago I put in new plugs, wires, rotor and cap (i bought the boat last year -not sure when they were last replaced) it really runs smooth now!