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Native English speakers, please help me understand this sentence?

Hi, what does the following passage mean to you?

"Kelly throttled back some, taking the boat down off plane. There was no reason to hurry. With the throttles eased back, there was no longer a need for two hands on the controls either."

What does it mean that he 'throttled back some' ? and what does it mean mean 'taking the boat down off plane'? Also, what is meant by 'throttles eased back'?

Some background info on this context: Kelly is the protagonist and in this particular scenario he's riding a boat in the sea.

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  • 10 months ago
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    Throttle back means to slow down. The throttle is what determines how hard the engine works and how fast the boat goes. On many boats, it's a stick that you push forward to go faster, or back to slow down. Small boats, when they go fast, tilt up, with the front out of the water. That's called "planing"- when the front is in the air. When you go slower, the boat is on top of the water, like a car on the road, so it is "off plane".

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  • 10 months ago

    Throttled back some = reduced the power to the propellers.

    Taking the boat down off plane = reducing speed so the whole hull is in the water as opposed to planing where only the back 1/3 is in the water.

    Throttles eased back = reduced power slowly, not immediately.

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  • 10 months ago

    Throttled back the engine thereby slowing the boat to an even plane on the water

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    throttled back = slowed down

    taking the boat down off plane = boat is no longer going fast enough to skim over the water due to hydrodynamic lift

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  • Susie
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    10 months ago

    “Throttled back” means lowering the speed/power. “Taking the boat down off plane” means lowering speed so that it settles back down in the water instead of skimming across the top at a higher speed. “Throttles eased back”. Throttles are the levers pushed forward to give the boat more gas, more speed, or pulled back to slow down.

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