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Old 03-12-2011, 06:37   #46
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Re: Replacing Dual Lever Control with Single Lever Control ?

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... To go from forward to reverse on my current arrangment, I take both hands off the wheel, use one to starboard to slow the throttle down, one to port to change gears, and then one to starboard to throttle up again ...
You might try, instead:
Taking one hand off the wheel, using it to throttle down to idle, return that hand to the wheel, and remove the other hand to shift through neutral to reverse, then exchange hands (again) to throttle up, if required.
Properly executed, it should be a leisurely exercise.
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:55   #47
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Re: Replacing Dual Lever Control with Single Lever Control ?

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To go from forward to reverse on my current arrangment, I take both hands off the wheel, use one to starboard to slow the throttle down, one to port to change gears, and then one to starboard to throttle up again. What a pain! I'm sure the differing opinions are well-founded, but I certainly don't see it.

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Although I cannot fully picture the installation, it sounds like a booboo in original design Maybe consider modifying the original installation?

I have sympathy with you as my first boat had dual levers (as one unit) - mine were mounted so the levers operated Port to Starboard and behind the tiller

Took me a while to sort that by fitting a single lever - headed with the bow

As per all my jobs didn't get finished quickly - so for a few months was operating the controls with simply the bare cables, with molegrips on each ............I probably gaffa taped on some id on what each did - actually better than the original solution.

My present boat also has dual levers and it was going to be a high priority to change to single. But now I love 'em (mounted port and starboard on the steering binacle) and won't ever change them, unless one breaks and a single is far cheaper to replace with.

For me the main attraction is a closed throttle but with the gearbox engaged allows the boat to creep forward at a known speed when docking - and I can do that every time without the risk of over egging the power forward ......

Plus forces a 1 (or 2) second wait before changing direction - to avoid cavitation on the rudder - i.e. I know that when I hit full power that something will happen
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Old 03-12-2011, 18:16   #48
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Although I cannot fully picture the installation, it sounds like a booboo in original design Maybe consider modifying the original installation?

I have sympathy with you as my first boat had dual levers (as one unit) - mine were mounted so the levers operated Port to Starboard and behind the tiller

Took me a while to sort that by fitting a single lever - headed with the bow

Most tiller boats around here are shifted and throttled with a size 10 deck shoe while standing to peer over the cockpit. I'd need another leg or levitation ability to operate dual controls on my boat. And yes tranverse mounting adds a whole new level of excitement.

Maybe I need a binnacle, and a wheel, and 10 more feet LOA...
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