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Balders

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Purpose of a Mixer unit
« on: March 30, 2008, 13:15:18 »
Forgive my ignorance, can anyone tell me the purpose or advantage to using a mixer unit.This follows my earlier post re. motors for Dutch Courage.I intend to run each motor by its own speed controller.Will this together with the fact the vessel has kort nozzles give the optimum control and performance or can a mixer add anything(apart from additional cost). Look forward to your thoughts.
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Re: Purpose of a Mixer unit
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2008, 13:42:39 »
Right then let me enlighten you firstly YES it will cost you more money!!!!!
Now thats over with,simply what a mixer does is say when turning to port it will slow the inner motor and speed up the outer motors in conjuntion with the rudder movement giving you a tighter turn.A mixer is truelly a wonderfull piece of kit,and in my personal opinion a MUST HAVE in any multi engined boat whether it be a Tug or whatever.It is extreemly invaluable in Tug Towing or manouvering in tight situations simple because you can spin your craft on the spot.How I hear you ask simple throttle just on fwd push rudder stick eiother way and she will spin on hte spot,the mixer does all the hard work for you much easier to use than a twin stick.
I have two boats fitted with mixers a Happy Hunter fitted with a mixer sold on Ebay by Captainbarry,the other in my fireboat made by Action.There is nothign to choose between the pair except hte Action one is in a sext little box and the ohter you find your own.Personally I PREFER ACTION


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Re: Purpose of a Mixer unit
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2008, 13:55:26 »
Well put Stavros!!
Could'nt have said it better!

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Re: Purpose of a Mixer unit
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2008, 19:16:23 »
the othere thing is you only need a two channel radio . Hunter systems do one as well the hunter and the
Captainbarry one are not as fussy about speed controlers .  and yes I have tried and own all three.

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Re: Purpose of a Mixer unit
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2008, 11:24:42 »
Thanks Stavros,It makes more sense now knowing it enables me to use a two channel tx.The question arose because ACTion sent me a diagram of opional set ups for Dutch Courage, and obviously for other twin motored vessels.It was that diagram showing a mixer unit  which set my brain into overtime.I will certainly be going down that route now and will purchase the ACTion mixer as I know his other gear to be good.
      Much obliged to you and tugs53 for confirming your diagnosise,standby for my next daft question which will be bound to arise before to long.
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Re: Purpose of a Mixer unit
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2008, 06:39:05 »
Hi Andrew,
I agree . I have Action mixers in two of my tugs, and they are excellent, and easy to set up. They are a must for people like me who are not very good at tank steering. Excellent service from Dave Millbourn a t Action, next day delivery.
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Re: Purpose of a Mixer unit
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2008, 07:02:27 »
Here are some photos of mixer etc in Dutch Partner, [Courage].
Looks like an advert Action, Dave will like it.
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Re: Purpose of a Mixer unit
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2008, 00:11:10 »
Hi Terry, Thanks for posting the pictures, I will use them as reference.Must say ,you've done a lovely job of the build, she's looking good.
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Re: Purpose of a Mixer unit
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2008, 00:49:48 »
Here are some photos of mixer etc in Dutch Partner, [Courage].
Looks like an advert Action, Dave will like it.
Terry.
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Re: Purpose of a Mixer unit
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2008, 04:41:09 »
Thank you for the kind words Andrew. All the radio gear is in a removable box, and is conected useing tamyia type plugs, the whole box cn be removed in seconds and put in another boat.

Dave, feel free to use photos.
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Re: Purpose of a Mixer unit
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2008, 05:01:57 »
FLJ/Dave

It would be nice to put a link back to us at the Forum when using Terry's pictures.

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Re: Purpose of a Mixer unit
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2008, 06:28:22 »
Sorry Boss, was i out of order saying pics could be used.
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Re: Purpose of a Mixer unit
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2008, 06:48:46 »
No probs Terry, as long as we can have a link back on Dave's site to say where they came from.

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« Last Edit: April 02, 2008, 06:50:19 by TugMaster »
Ok, so I like a drop !

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Re: Purpose of a Mixer unit
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2008, 07:00:58 »
FLJ/Dave
It would be nice to put a link back to us at the Forum when using Terry's pictures.
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