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Old 08-23-2014, 11:45 PM
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slowing down technique

I know the answer to this is "it doesn't matter" but I'm asking anyway.

When slowing suddenly from skiing speed, i.e. 34 mph, I rapidly bring the lever back into Neutral to let the prop freewheel, then once the boat is down to trolling speed I put it back into gear to retrieve the skier. Does this offer any advantage over leaving the transmission in gear?
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:13 PM
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It tends to keep the wakes down for others skiing in the area, versus doing a bat-turn and putting up some boarding-size wakes.
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:23 PM
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I was just told by a senior driver at the club a few weeks ago that by leaving it in gear the motor will act as a break like when down shifting. It will not allow the prop to turn as fast as if it were freewheeling.

Don't know if that's actually true, but it sounds good to me.
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:31 PM
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I was just told by a senior driver at the club a few weeks ago that by leaving it in gear the motor will act as a break like when down shifting. It will not allow the prop to turn as fast as if it were freewheeling.

Don't know if that's actually true, but it sounds good to me.
This is correct. If you leave it in gear it will slow down faster. Granted, it's not much faster but every bit helps on short lakes.
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:44 PM
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My question wasn't about power turns (which I don't do, BTW). I was wondering about any deleterious effects on the tranny/drivetrain of leaving it in gear vs letting the prop freewheel as the boat slows down.
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Old 08-24-2014, 11:01 PM
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I was just told by a senior driver at the club a few weeks ago that by leaving it in gear the motor will act as a break like when down shifting. It will not allow the prop to turn as fast as if it were freewheeling.

Don't know if that's actually true, but it sounds good to me.
This is true. I have pulled my boat out of gear when slowing down and then put it back in gear and you can feel the boat slow down a little faster. Yes, it does help on shorter lakes; for larger areas, I just leave it in neutral and hope that it helps reduce wear and tear.

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