On my 70hp Chrysler, as I move the shift lever to forward or reverse, I get a knocking noise (gear teeth not meshing) until it reaches a certain point and I get the Clunk of positive engagement. The question I have is, being new boat owner, is this normal or is there an adjustment I need to make? I can drive at all speeds and it won't pop out of gear, holds forward/reverse fine.
My experience with friends' boats, are, move the shifter to forward, get the "CLUNK" and away you go. I'm getting a knocking sound, "BANG,BANG,BANG,BANG, CLUNK!". I just want to make sure I'm not grinding off the tops of the gears or something, to me, its not normal. I would think the drive engagement should be positive and this feels a little sloppy. Any suggestions? I bought this Starcraft/Chrysler in August, so I've only used it 6 times or so. Come spring, the Chysler will get LU work done (water in there) and some fresh paint. Runs beautifully, but this gear thing has me a little concerned. thanks