Very handy not just for bass. With the big hp and large wheels that are being swung . I would imagine . I'm not the only one that has trouble slowing the boat down in gear.
I can't find any invoices in my boat stack, I'm assuming its a few bucks to buy plus install.
That big 8.3 liter high hp Cummins swinging that massive 4 blade prop in your 31 with a 2:1 gear...what do you expect ????
In gear I'm going 4 -5 knts in no time, so I guess it's more important to have for me then others. Unless on anchor I couldn't step away from the wheel.Unless you are running downhill, Neutral, then reverse seems to work well to slow, stop, or reverse direction. Being able to bump gear and not use throttle makes life easier.
In gear I'm going 4 -5 knts in no time, so I guess it's more important to have for me then others. Unless on anchor I couldn't step away from the wheel.
If your dropping 200-400 k on the average new build , what's another 500
4 knots is GREAT !!!!!
I'm @ 5.3 @ idle with twins.
3.5 on one engine.
I guess it's just the way I fish and who I fish with. I'm running all around the boat like an idiot. I end up taking a lot of my work customers and wife's family out fishing. Don't get me wrong I like watching people catch fish on my boat , but next year after I get through taking my wife's charity peps out . It time to go alone.
The quote I got was for a ZF to go behind a Cummins B. I currently have a Velvet drive and a trolling valve is not really an option. I could rig a bypass line and valve that would work, but it would not be right.
I look at it this way, If it has fins and can't swim 5 kts I don't fish it...
I do take your point on resetting position.
I have one on my QSM 670/IRM 310 but am scared stiff of it.
Like others - when I go in gear - I'm instantly at 5.5 knots. I've been warned so many times of the consequences of going past idle with one that I avoid it like the plague.
I have a trolling valve on my 370 Yanmar. I would never use it to slow a boat down for any docking or canal cruising. Should you be in tight quarters and need to make a move quickly to avoid a problem with the valve on you could cook your gear.
I clutch my boat if I need to go slow in the bay, canals or docking.
In open water I use it a lot for slow trolling, bass, tuna & shark.
I also put my valve on a separate Morse Control. It give a lot better fine tuning to get the valve where you want it. Also on my dash a very large red light is on when the valve is in use.