[...snip!] My post is about this: I left land tranny engaged for about 1
in the water while cruising. I did not even notice till it was time
to get out and went to put it in gear.
What, if any, is the downside of leaving amphi in gear while
swimming? No problems happened, but the thought was with me on the
trip home. Any input?
I've done that a few times...We all have. In my case, my water drive
indicator light on the dash has defied all attempts to make it work as
intended as a result of some arcane electrical engineering efforts by the
vehicle's former rodent residents. The light just glows and glows, whether
on land or in the water. Nowadays I've just come to think of it as an
"ignition on" light. In short, I've never had a problem with having left
the wheels spinning merrily in the water. I've also left the props running
several miles on land on occasion, especially when it was dark, and again,
have had no problems. Now, I do keep everything pretty well greased up
(read: "obsessively"), so your own mileage may vary.
The only thing I would stress, not so much for your info as for the benefit
of more recent owners new to this list, is that whenever you engage,
disengage or even glance at that water drive lever, that you make
absoulutely certain that the rear wheels are completely
still....stopped...motionless...fixed. Otherwise, if you jam the props into
gear with the wheels turning you'll stand a good chance of shredding the
water tranny's gears...
THE REAR WHEELS MUST BE COMPLETELY STILL BEFORE YOU TOUCH THE WATER DRIVE
Even in the drink it's a good idea to tap the brakes before, say, shifting
from forward to reverse, since the rear wheels, even in neutral, will tend
to spin a bit in the water.