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Old 12 January 2009, 04:58   #41
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Well, almost all American sports/powerboats use twin lever, and in the case of twin engined boats, you haven't really got any choice!

The only time I've come across a twin lever arrangement was on a jet. One for the throttle and the other for the bucket.
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The only time I've come across a twin lever arrangement was on a jet. One for the throttle and the other for the bucket.

You need to get out more then!
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You need to get out more then!
I've had a couple of Merc inboards, but not in the same boat.
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This is the type of control most often found in a proper sports or powerboat, sometimes as an 8 lever control on some of the bigger boats!
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I changed from a single Suzuki control to a twin lever livorsi set up; my personal view is I'm glad I did it. The major benefit is the control over the engine when in rough water, itís much finer with the twin set up, the throttle can be fined tuned (8mm Allen key) and is much more accurate. I organised the gear lever (shorter one of the two) on the right so as to be nearer the wheel so an inadvertent bump would be a little more unlikely but no lock on neutral available (which I still think is wrong) It came equipped for no start in gear.

The trim is in the throttle lever. For my kind of boating I prefer the twin lever set up.
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but no lock on neutral available
You can have neutral lock with a Salmon Control.
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To be honest I've no idea what a Salmon control is. If it removed the chance of bump, whooosh, help! help!, my hand would have gone up for one when I bought the Livorsi stuff.. have you got a pic?

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Like Dirk I am familiar with these multiple lever setups - they are sometimes labelled "race controls" as boats with no foot throttle and separate helm and throttleman use these arrangements for the same reasons that Ibwet says - more throttle control.

In fact we fitted the BananaShark 770 that Lewy on here has with Gaffrig controls and they can also come with in gear protection which is easy to fit. It also has an Incontrol foot throttle which operates in tandem with the hand control. It would require quite some determined effort to put it into gear by accident, and I would say that many throttles do not come with a neutral lock as standard today, something which I would prefer them to bring back for normal use.

I would say a waste of effort and money for most users on "normal" boats unless they want to be different, I guess a lot of people aren't happy with the standard product!
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Not to be different, just what I'm used to.
There was a very old pilot boat that had twin screw that had a button in the centre of the hub for the levers to stop it going into gear. Now that was a pain in the arse!
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I agree with jsp about a twin lever control being better for low speed control! BUT for a different reason.......

With a twin lever control you can nudge in and out of gear without any rev increase therefore keeping just the torque provided by the prop change to steer the boat without accelerating!!!

I have bben looking at them for my rib(such as cookee fits) as my current mercury control is pants and a sometimes struggle to even know if im in or out of gear, forward or backward(no positive click)
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