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Dual Station mechanical controls are common
Dual Station mechanical controls are common, but I had little luck googling around to see just how they work. Anyway, every marina has many boats with flybridges that also have lower control station, so the technology exists and it is only a matter of running some cables and providing the yet undefined "dual station kit/adapter".
Seems to me that mechanical (morse teleflex type push/pull cables) would be the way to go. Other wise you are likely to spend $6K to $12K for an electronic control system and then the first nearby lightning strike in mid ocean will leave you w/o engine controls, not to mention the inevitable salt water leak/drip right on the terminal strip for the control/signal cables that will over time cause erratic behavior and then after 10 hours of searching and head scratching at $60/hr the yard electrician will find the corroded connection.
I love electronics ( have an MSEE degree ) but am hesitant to trust my life to them. It is becoming that way in autos but ... OH Well. Can't just call AAA during your 'round the world' from the middle of Timbucktoo.
Last edited by sailandoar; 07-10-2006 at 09:26 PM.