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Old 24 August 2015, 20:10   #1
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Hi all, hope it's ok to start a new topic rather than tag this question on to my other one?

Has anyone gone the route of having throttle and gear selectors separate on an a mid range outboard? I grew up using a tiller and liked the fact that you picked the gear and then could throttle as low or as high as desired, for trolling finding the sweet spot with the combo lever can be annoying when it keeps hoping out of gear as you throttle back

Also as my control box is mounted on the side of a console the lever is moved up to go forward and you push down for reverse... Not really ideal

I know using the combo box is handy if you want to easily change outboards, but I think(hope) I'll be keeping this setup long term

Also thinking of separating key switch and lanyard to a more convenient location as well

Would it a disaster or worth doing?
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Old 25 August 2015, 02:52   #2
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Sounds like (a) you've mounted the box in an ergonomically bad position - possibly positioned for sitting but you are mostly standing? (b) your cable adjustment might not be set up well if you are dropping out of gear before you expect.
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Ya it used to be a sit down cruiser but with the few extra ponies you need to stand to see far enough ahead now, lobster pot buoys are a curse
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Something is wrong with either the control box or the cable adjustment if it is dropping out of gear. There should be definite Neutral / forward / reverse positions with a detent for each.
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Something is wrong with either the control box or the cable adjustment if it is dropping out of gear. There should be definite Neutral / forward / reverse positions with a detent for each.

Not really hoping out of gear as such, I'm ok with finding the sweet spot, but when I've asked a passenger to drive for a bit they struggle with throttling back and another little bit and it's gone too far, now it's in neutral, it's definitely easier now that I put in a tach ... Ya I know, need to train them better is probably the first step
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