I use / have used a number of boats with Honda engines and I'm fed up with the throttle boxes that:
A.) Vibriting open and fall away from their mounting point
B.) The key falling out
C.) The key mechanism wearing out
So I'm writing this for two reason:
1.) To see if people have other solutions
2.) In the vain hope that someone at Honda will read it and do something about it, at no cost to the customer!!!
The engines themselves are good though the older designs are heavier than the 2nd / 3rd generation they are tough and reliable, to the extent I know of one dealer that says in his PoV they don't go wrong enough, its only damage repairs.
I have used the console mounted (posh stainless) throttles on the Camel Ribs and they are very nice, but I have used the side mounted throttles boxes on over a dozen boats and they all vibrate apart making the throttle arm wiggle around, which if caught early enough is easy to fix with a screwdriver, but it has to be checked every other day on early models now after some 5 years of use.
This is really anoying when driving along and the throttle comes away from the boat in your hand!
I guess other people have this problem, perhaps you can share the sollutions?
The key just falls out, i have to tie it to the boat so it does not float off down the trunks
After years of use the ignition fails, so a starter button is now used on some.
Now I accept that wear and tear brings these isues, but, I don't have the problem on evinrude, susuzi, mariner or Yamaha.
Can someone at Honda get on the case as this is the only weakness in their product!