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The shaft lever is on the gearbox end of the cable. The cable lever at the helm pulls on the gearshift lever (at the gearbox) to engage forward, neutral, or reverse. When you work the single lever at the helm, moving it does two things... it engages forward (or reverse) at the gearbox, then it opens the throttle (there is another lever on the engine for that).
Other owners (like mine) have two levers at the helm... gearshift, and throttle. Your single lever combines both of those functions in one lever but all engines can be operated with either system... but both systems have two operations that have to be covered... shifting and throttle.
Check the lever on the gearbox. The cable may not be going through its full travel. Disconnect it from the cable, and shift manually for a wee while (send a man below to answer your commands from the helm). If the gearbox does not slip, then cable movement is your problem. If that does not work, then you've got a gearbox problem, methinks, but I doubt it. gearboxes need very little care. If your has been treated reasonably, it will last a long time. Only absolute abuse, or running out of oil will kill them. A gearbox runs in an oil bath, typically splash lubricated, and they are absolutely ideal conditions for lubrication.
A picture would help.... of the gearbox, or even a gearbox model number.
Last edited by Rockter; 06-23-2008 at 07:10 AM.