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Whalerfool posted 02-27-2002 09:49 PM ET (US)   Profile for Whalerfool   Send Email to Whalerfool  
My recently purchased 14 foot Rage came with "motocycle handle" steering and a "trigger finger" throttle control. I have removed the steering unit and replaced it with a used BW steering wheel (from a 15 footer that was advertised on eBay.) Now I am faced with replacing the throttle mechanism. I figure I need a single lever throttle control that I can either hook up to the existing cable (which appears to be spring loaded such that after pulling on the cable knurl a spring ensures that it returns to the idle position) or I can purchase a new cable to accompany the new throttle lever. I plan on mounting the lever to the right hand side of the center console. Plenty of room inside and outside for it. The question is where do I get an appropriate throttle contol (at a reasonable price) with attendent hardware. I have the most recent Boat U.S. catalog and it has a few throttle controls listed but they don't provide a lot of information for a novice like me. An Internet search provided additional information but before I invest I thought I would ask you experts for some help.
BOB KEMMLER JR posted 02-28-2002 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
Hey whalerfool glad to see your surviving winter,as to your question,i just got a service manuel from the dealer for my rage and it has alot of info and pictures.You should be able to get one for yours and i think that will help alot with your task ahead.I think no matter what,there is going to be alot of fabrication involved.Was that engine combination on any other jetboats?If so you may be able to adapt there setup.I know of a couple other jetboat companys,Sugar sands,Sunfish,Yamaha,and i think Seadoo also makes one but im unsure who makes the engines for them.Good luck!
tuna1 posted 02-28-2002 11:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for tuna1  Send Email to tuna1     
The controls on your RageI are lifted right off the Yamaha PWC Wave RunnerIII . The Rage 1 that you have is a example of a true Squit Boat.The control systems on your boat were very well designed for it required mode of operation,and were very responsive to the hull.To change the throttle control as you want to do will result in the boat being less responsive to your control.The Yamaha jet drive package in your boat need a fast throttle control to operate and steer the boat.Any jet drive system needs the pump to be operated at a speed above idle to produce the required thrust to allow steerage.You reduce throttle opening and you reduce your steerage control.This is why you need to operate the throtle in quick squirts to steer the boat,just like a rocket uses it control jets in short pulses to control it's direction.The boat requires a different mental thinking process than a prop boat to control it like a pro at low speeds.It does not take long to learn,but is different,and requires that quick throttle for pulses of thrust to control it's direction a low speeds. Have fun.
Whalerfool posted 03-01-2002 08:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerfool  Send Email to Whalerfool     
Thanks for the responses. Tuna1 has madesome good points that I have to think about. Any additional input would be appreciated.

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