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Maneuvering a Yamaha

Discussion in '2016 Yamaha Boats' started by chadweiser, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. chadweiser

    chadweiser Active Member

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    Location:
    west mansfield, ohio
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    +18 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    24
    ok I just traded in a 2007 sea doo challenger 230 se for a New Yamaha AR240. The reverse on the Yamaha is completely opposite from the sea doo. Do you Yamaha owners use one engine forward and one reverse to maneuver around the docks? Thanks for any advice.
     
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2017
  2. GTBRMC

    GTBRMC Jetboaters Commander

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    Location:
    Waukesha, WI
    Ratings:
    +1,179 / 1
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2008
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    23
    Practice all the various methods on a target buoy when you have some spare time. Different techniques work for different people. I typically will keep one throttle in neutral and use short "bump bursts" of throttle in either forward or reverse as needed from the other throttle. Unlike a prop boat, there is no gear gnashing going in and out of reverse on a jetboats, so you can shift back and forth as frequently as needed (also was true in your SeaDoo, of course).

    Some of the newer Yamaha boats have some electronic speed control options that mine does not, so owners of newer boats can chime in. What year & model Yamaha did you buy? That info would help others give you the best advice that applies to your model.

    Some videos showing various techniques:




    This guy has practiced A LOT, so he does these maneuvers at higher speed than I would recommend, but anyone can do any of these with practice (and in such calm sea/wind conditions):

     
  3. Port0222

    Port0222 Jet Boat Lover

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    Location:
    Orono, MN
    Ratings:
    +67 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2006
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    23
    The last video is one of the best. I saw that before I purchased my boat and it made my first time out a much more pleasant experience.

    I too just use 1 throttle around the docks. One forward control and one reverse control is tricky because to me uber the boat with your steering wheel is opposite for those 2 positions. So if you give the forward throttle some gas, it will act differently with the wheel turned hard right that if you give the reverse the gas with the wheel turned hard right.
     
  4. seadude

    seadude Well-Known Member

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    82
    Location:
    NJ
    Ratings:
    +45 / 2
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    242 Limited S E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    Key point to remember is all of these "looks easy" maneuvering videos have one person aboard - add a few passengers, especially to the bow, and the helm response becomes much more sluggish!
     
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  5. SCP1

    SCP1 Well-Known Member

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    Location:
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    +77 / 1
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2017
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    19
    Maybe someone with twins can chime in. My past experience with twins in bigger jet boats is you can walk the boat sideways. If you don't like the direction you are going you switch your motors forward and reverse.
    < (this is forward) left throttle
    Neutral
    .....> this takes you one direction (this is reverse) right throttle

    .....> Right throttle (forward)
    Neutral
    < Left throttle (reverse) this takes you another direction


    Note I had to put the periods in as I couldn't leave a space (when posting it didn't leave the space).

    The key is just out of neutral (very little throttle) and practice.
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2017 at 10:30 PM
  6. USN SCPO RET

    USN SCPO RET Well-Known Member

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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24
    I tried several different combinations. The one that works best for me is using both remote control levers (throttles) at the same time either forward or reverse. I added a manual throttle sync which allows for ease of movement of both remotes. I usually use the no wake feature and use slight inputs of forward, neutral , reverse and steering which typically allow for pretty accurate maneuvers.

    Basically....both remotes.
     
  7. Jay Petzold

    Jay Petzold Well-Known Member

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    Ratings:
    +74 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2015
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    24
    I heavily rely on my boats two engines/throttles in docking, and slow speed maneuvers, helps out tremendously In high wind or current conditions
     
  8. WildCatFan54

    WildCatFan54 Active Member

    Messages:
    87
    Location:
    Lexington , Ky.
    Ratings:
    +68 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    AR
    Boat Length:
    24
    This "talent" is one that I continue to refine about 18 months into my jet boat career. I know that many of the die hard captains will disagree BUT put me in the manual throttle sync fan club. I always use both engines / throttles synced while backing my AR240 (almost 9' beem) into it's 10' wide wet slip after use. I insist on backing it in for easy unloading and loading on future trips. Also makes putting the premium mooring cover on easier to access the under swim deck eyelet snap downs. Almost impossible otherwise. One thing I learned early on is that the more distance you try to back the boat , the more problem you will have. I usually approach my slip perpendicular no more than 1 1/2 - 2 boat lengths from the opening. This is in the lowest (#1) setting of No Wake mode (about 1200 rpms). Start your turn early (atleast one slip ahead) and return both throttles to center. The boat will slowly come around to parallel. Under steering is better than overturning as you can always bump the throttles in and out for more forward momentum. Once parallel just bump throttles in reverse while leaving no wake in lowest setting. I must admit that I have good large diameter fenders on the roof support poles at the opening to the slip. If I have others on board to help its not unusual at all to cut off both engines once the stern has cleared opening and walk the boat back in. I have NO shame in that especially on windy days. It does get easier with time / experience / and confidence. Keep enjoying.
     
  9. txav8r

    txav8r Jetboaters Admiral Staff Member Administrator

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    Location:
    Lake Ray Roberts, Texas
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    Boat Make:
    Boatless
    Year:
    NA
    Boat Model:
    Other
    Boat Length:
    NA
    Keep in mind, you have two jet pumps turning the same direction and one on either side of the keel beam. Their flow hits in places in reverse that your seadoo didn't, and with or without the articulating keel adds a new dimensions that I am not all that certain of, because plenty of guys are still adding aftermarket steering products. You don't need them after plenty of time using the boat, but even after, they do help more in critical situation. I always used both engines, not always the same, wind and waves make a big difference, and you can't always walk the boat as some say when it is "into" the wind, it only works calm or mostly when moving downwind. Some like to use the higher rpm the lowest no wake mode will give you as it adds an incremental amount of control...but your moving faster too, so its a tradeoff. Try the different ways to maneuver after you have become successful with one method. Finding something that works and sticking with it will get you where you want to be faster, then try other techniques to add to your arsenal of "captainness"!
     
  10. Matt Phillips

    Matt Phillips Jet Boat Addict

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Lake Tahoe
    Ratings:
    +252 / 1
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2009
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    23
    I recently moved from an 09 232 to a 17 242x with the articulating keel, and Cobra Venoms on it. Here's some observations on the 17:
    1). It's a slow pig to respond while backing. It takes a long time to get any steering reaction out of her at all.
    2). I don't have a need to have one engine in forward and the other in reverse in order to get her to spin. I
    F I want her to turn leave both engines in forward and crank the wheel hard over, and she will basically turn in her own length.
    3). The buckets on the 17 work differently than on the 09. On the 17, when in neutral with no wind/current, there is very little forward creep. When moving the throttles to the notch in forward, there is a little forward movement but the buckets aren't yet fully up out of the flow. From the notch, move one (or both) throttles forward about another 1/2 inch, and you can hear the water flow from the pumps change and it is truly in forward.
    4). This thing really doesn't turn unless it's in forward. If I start a turn, then pull the throttles into neutral, the turn seems to stop.
    5). When docking, I still feather the throttles from forward-neureal-reverse quite a bit. Lots of little adjustments

    Anyway, those are some of the things I've noticed about this boat. In the long run,. It does handle much more like other boats, and less like a wandering jet boat.
     
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