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Old 16 September 2007, 23:10   #1
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optimax control

did mercury do a left and right handed surface mount throttle. Also do the optimax controls not have a lock to prevent moving from fwd through neutral to reverse etc. Drove a left handed throttle other day that had trim switch on wrong side ie left of on lever and no lock between gears.

Is it knackered or is that the way they are?
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Sounds like a DTS sytem to me i.e. Verado
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I am centre mounted, no lock to prevent crash into neutral, trim on right
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I too am centre mounted, no interlock to prevent crash into reverse trim on right.
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Sounds like a DTS sytem to me i.e. Verado
Fly by wire is only available on the Verado - "neutral locks" seem to be dying out generally.
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Old 17 September 2007, 15:16   #6
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... "neutral locks" seem to be dying out generally.
But the Mercury standard and recessed side mounts come with a neutral lock, as do some after-market top-mounts.
It seems daft (and unsafe) that the Merc top-mounts don't have a neutral lock.
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Fly by wire is only available on the Verado - "neutral locks" seem to be dying out generally.
So what is it then ? I dont understand Cookee..have optis got a new control with no centre detent ?, cos I'm thinking of reconsoling my boat and I need a LHS verado (with trim button on right) throttle?
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But the Mercury standard and recessed side mounts come with a neutral lock, as do some after-market top-mounts.
It seems daft (and unsafe) that the Merc top-mounts don't have a neutral lock.
I found not having a neutral lock odd when i bought my current boat after being used to having it on previous boats. When I helm boats now that have neutral lock I find it a bit of a faff. Especially when manoevering in tight spots. I am nervous however, to let the kids and Missus drive the thing as I'm afraid they'll slip through neutral and bang it in reverse.
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not sure i will master the left hook trim switch. Seems a friday afternoon throttle plumb in maybe! Will have to be changed!
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