Noob question about engine controls....

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Squidly-Diddly, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Squidly-Diddly
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    Squidly-Diddly Senior Member

    Why do some, mostly older, single engine, fixed prop, boats have two levers for the throttle?

    here is an example

    Could it be that a two lever console was standard, that way you don't need to change the dash if you add another engine or "kicker"???
  2. BPL
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    BPL Senior Member

    Left lever is forward, neutral, reverse. Right lever is throttle.
  3. michael pierzga
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    michael pierzga Senior Member

    Its a simple system and in the past...all systems were simple !!!!!!
  4. CDK
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    CDK retired engineer

    The mechanism under a single lever control is quite long and the cables come out perpendicular to the lever. That requires a deep console.
    The dual lever control can be installed in a much shallower console and has the cable mounted at a 90 degrees angle. It is also less prone to wear and is more accurate, especially with long cables.
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  5. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    With twin engines single lever is the only way. unless your good at balancing a broom on your nose and swing a hoola hoop at the same time as you pat you head in a clockwise rotation.
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