OK guys, I get a lot of calls about this and I saw way to many guys this year trying to hold the holding
rope with one hand and keep the boat in one place by working
the fwd/rev handle with the other hand. Bottom line is, that doesn't work.
You cannot be competitive this way and it's not safe. Another thing that
happens is you end up pulling the rope way forward or usually way back. Not only can you never be consistent on your lights, but you also can
upset other racers (not a good thing)... Tugging the rope back is a no
no because you take everyone with you for the ride, then, when you let go of
the rope it springs back to its normal position. So, here is the trick
to temporarily block off the reverse feature when you're running a Place Diverter without having to weld up the reverse chute and losing your neutral forever.
What we've done here is bend up a piece of .125 thick aluminum so it lays over onto the floor of the nozzle inside. Then, mount it to the nozzle using (2) 1/4-20 bolts. We have drilled and tapped the nozzle so this piece is removable for when you go back to the lake. You will also notice we added a vent (7/16" hole drilled in the side). A vent is not 100% needed and we don't always do this. This particular application is a blower boat with a radical blower surge so with the added idle speed we opted to add a small vent.
Lets get those reverse chutes blocked off guys, you will thank yourself and so will your reaction times!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.