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Old 28-07-2008, 15:00   #16
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I had the Caribe 9 without the floor. A 15hp Mercury on it, and never had a problem with swamping. Sounds like weight to me too. Maybe make an extension out of pvc pipe, and move yourself forward to the middle of the boat. We did keep the tank tied off to the front of the boat also.

Of course you could let the wife drive, and you lounge in the bow while under way....lol
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Old 16-08-2008, 21:19   #17
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Swamping your dinghy.

I was reading your post, and I had the same problem.

I ended putting on some "Smart Trim Tabs" http://www.nauticus.com ( @ $100 US ) and they are the best investment ever for my Titan 350 Alum Dinghy - 9.9 Mercury 4 stroke, and I'm @ 240 lbs.

The trim tabs helped immensely for the time to plane, and the awful bow rise. One of the bonus effects was that when you come off plane, the nitrogen shocks will bring the trim tabs down causing "lift" which will solve your swamping problem.

There's many benefits to these trim tabs.

Hope this helps you, IAN ... www.all-about-houseboats.com
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Old 17-08-2008, 03:31   #18
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Can we assume you're inflatable is indeed inflated to the recommended pressure levels?
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Old 17-08-2008, 04:19   #19
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Liberty: The dinghy is *usually* filled to appropriate levels.

It leaks like crazy though.

Adding to my dinghy delights is the fact that my brand new 2008 Honda 4 Stroke won't idle anymore.

I got the dinghy blues.
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Old 17-08-2008, 07:32   #20
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I have a Caribe L9 with a 9.9HP (BF9.9D SHSA). The engine weighs 102.5 lbs, plus oil. It does ride bow up, and requires coming off plane gently to keep water from coming over the transom. I've never had water inside the engine powerhead housing. I haven't added any aftermarket bits.

I tie the gas tank all the way forward to the inside eye in the bow. I sit as far forward as I can (I also weigh about 160#); I don't currently have an extender.

It does take some reasonable care when coming off plane to manage the wake, but nothing that seems extreme to me.

I do have the transom angle bar on the engine mount set all the way down.

I like the engine, but wouldn't buy an L9 again -- too squirrelly on plane.

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I have a light 11 w/ 15hp yamaha 4 cycle. Have you put dolfins on the plate? There is a drain hole on my engine. Agree with not quicly dumping the throttle.
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Old 17-08-2008, 09:48   #22
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Liberty: The dinghy is *usually* filled to appropriate levels.

It leaks like crazy though.

Adding to my dinghy delights is the fact that my brand new 2008 Honda 4 Stroke won't idle anymore.

I got the dinghy blues.
Turn the Idle adjust screw in till it will idle.
Turn the mixture screw clockwise till it slows and note setting.
Turn the mixture screw counterclockwise till it slows and note setting.
Turn the mixture screw between the noted settings till the max speed is noted.
Note: mixture screw turning is done VERY slowly. VERY. With wait time to see reaction. A sip of beer is OK....
Turn the mixture screw another 1/8 turn counter clockwise (this is not in the "book").
If the idle is now high readjust it and do the mixture screw thing all over again.

Wait..........

You repair outboards for others..............

Never mind.
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It's really the principle here...

I paid $2000 for this engine a couple weeks ago.

Call me crazy, but I expect a year's service out of a brand new engine without having to take time out to do repairs myself.

I bought the Honda due to supposed reliability, but this is not a good sign.

PS: Thanks for the comparison/sanity check, Auspicious. I have the tank tied forward as well. I have found that the weight balance works better (as Imagine2Frolic said) having my wife at the outboard tiller and me near the bow when we are together.


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Turn the Idle adjust screw in till it will idle.
Turn the mixture screw clockwise till it slows and note setting.
Turn the mixture screw counterclockwise till it slows and note setting.
Turn the mixture screw between the noted settings till the max speed is noted.
Note: mixture screw turning is done VERY slowly. VERY. With wait time to see reaction. A sip of beer is OK....
Turn the mixture screw another 1/8 turn counter clockwise (this is not in the "book").
If the idle is now high readjust it and do the mixture screw thing all over again.

Wait..........

You repair outboards for others..............

Never mind.
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Call me crazy, but I expect a year's service out of a brand new engine without having to take time out to do repairs myself.

I bought the Honda due to supposed reliability, but this is not a good sign.


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Relax.

Even the odd Honda needs to be adjusted as it is broken in.

The first tume mine would not idle it also ran "a little" rough. Freaked me out.................bad plug.
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Sullivan,

The verdict is????????????????????
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