Originally Posted by sailingharry
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.
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