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tbmlxstar
05-20-2012, 09:03 AM
I have gone both ways and think it is better to turn the engine off during a quick rider switch but for some reason I worry about wearing out the starter if I stop the engine every time. I have a 2002 X-Star with 707 hours and the original starter (as far as I know). Of course I make sure I am in neutral and the switch is quick if I don't turn it off. What do you do?

BrooksfamX2
05-20-2012, 09:06 AM
Usually off. Rider feels safer when off. Frankly, so do I.......

A car starter must cycle a 800-1000 times a year for 10 years or more generaly. Do you worry about it. I dont......

Bob B
05-20-2012, 09:07 AM
Turn engine off.

JimN
05-20-2012, 09:09 AM
I have gone both ways and think it is better to turn the engine off during a quick rider switch but for some reason I worry about wearing out the starter if I stop the engine every time. I have a 2002 X-Star with 707 hours and the original starter (as far as I know). Of course I make sure I am in neutral and the switch is quick if I don't turn it off. What do you do?

As long as the battery and charging system are in good condition and you don't have to crank for too long, it shouldn't be a problem. Would you rather the shift accidentally be bumped into gear while someone is in the water at the rear of the boat?

I didn't think so.

madcityskier
05-20-2012, 09:35 AM
Either way, but pull the pin when there's someone on the platform either way as well.

peason
05-20-2012, 09:37 AM
Always off!

broncotw
05-20-2012, 09:46 AM
Usually off!

CantRepeat
05-20-2012, 09:57 AM
Always off!

x2 ;)

gatorguy
05-20-2012, 10:12 AM
I've gotten a bit lazy, and have been leaving it on for quick change overs. But I was just thinking last outing that I need to start killing it every time again. Too many kids climbing all over the boat leaves too much to chance.

CruisinGA
05-20-2012, 10:46 AM
If it's just me and experienced riders, stays on.

Big crowd, newer riders- turned off.

Kell
05-20-2012, 11:28 AM
Always off. Starter can be replaced. Limbs can't. Just sayin!


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Thrall
05-20-2012, 12:44 PM
If it's just me and experienced riders, stays on.

Big crowd, newer riders- turned off.

Ditto.......

barefoot
05-20-2012, 01:59 PM
If it's just me and experienced riders, stays on.

Big crowd, newer riders- turned off.


That how we do it.

tommyadrian5
05-20-2012, 02:15 PM
If i'm staying in the drivers seat the whole time and its gonna be a quick changeover i'll leave it on.

Most days are hot enough that people want to jump in between riders (including me) in that case its defintely off, basically anytime i'm out of the seat its off.

mtajpa
05-20-2012, 03:33 PM
I do key OFF when ever anyone is getting in. I have trained all my kids that drive the same way. To me it is just common sense. This is probably due to the fact they we all trained with a big 2 stroke outboard for many years.

Some folks have also commented that their propellers turn slowly when in neutral and running.

JMann
05-20-2012, 06:15 PM
I have to leave mine running and be aware of my surroundings. There is a slight current where I ski and you always have to have someone in the drivers seat and paying attention to your location or you can get pushed into the reeds along the banks.

sp00ky
05-20-2012, 10:48 PM
Always always always off. No compelling reason at all to leave it running. We have enough potentials for disaster why create them.

Also who wants to breath exhaust getting on and off?

02-230vrs
05-20-2012, 10:57 PM
Always off, if the prop doesn't get them the carbon monoxide is not healthy either.

BTV
05-20-2012, 11:25 PM
I turn off for safety. Another reason is to save hours on boat. I figure the average rider switch is five minutes. That can add up to a lot of time over a summer.

76S&S
05-21-2012, 09:23 AM
Always off. Life and limb are too precious to risk!

02ProstarSammyD
05-21-2012, 09:30 AM
^ so are ropes if someone isn't paying attention to that

JohnE
05-21-2012, 09:58 AM
If it's just me and experienced riders, stays on.

Big crowd, newer riders- turned off.

Same here

DemolitionMan
05-21-2012, 10:20 AM
Engine off.

Huskie05
05-21-2012, 11:54 AM
We do enging off with everyone. Except if X wife is along for a tow, then on. :D

GoneBoatN
05-21-2012, 12:30 PM
Always off. Starter can be replaced. Limbs can't. Just sayin!


x2 here.

Lars
05-21-2012, 01:29 PM
One thing that hasn't been mentioned yet is that when it's off it signals to me in the water that the driver is ready for me to climb in. I don't have to worry about any sudden "reverse braking."

Splash
05-21-2012, 02:06 PM
I saved something like 20 hours from one year to other turning off.

thatsmrmastercraft
05-21-2012, 02:26 PM
Almost always off unless I'm not leaving the driver's seat and it is a quick change of experienced riders.

190 Skier
05-21-2012, 02:35 PM
It is the porp and the exhaust to worry about for the guy in the water getting onto the swim step, Always off

oxberger
05-21-2012, 02:35 PM
Almost always off. When I was having engine trouble and was unsure if it would start back up, I left it on but the people with me were experienced and I never left the drivers seat.

SilviaMan
05-21-2012, 04:52 PM
Almost always off unless I'm not leaving the driver's seat and it is a quick change of experienced riders.

same way we do it.

mikeg205
05-21-2012, 06:28 PM
engine off here.