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Re: Trying not to destroy engine controls

Heheh. Trying to "peopleproof" controls is always a good trick. I knew a fairly expensive system where they moved the critical power switch "under the desk" so it couldn't be hit accidentally. Unless, of course, you had large legs and moved one just the right way, hitting the switch no one could see. Ooops.

What's the line from Ghostbusters? Don't pull that switch? :-)

Of course after you step on the ignition key and snap it off, you find out how easily any flat object can turn so many of them. I suppose that counts as a GOOD design, considering how hard it is to find a locksmith at sea.
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Re: Trying not to destroy engine controls

I don't understand the design of having controls by your feet. Along with the OP's issue, they are just simply harder to use when docking.

It may be too expensive, but I would seriously consider relocating it. If your controls can be mounted elsewhere, it may be as simple as relocating the cable or getting a new cable. If you need different control for mounting near the binnacle, there are many used controls available on ebay. Maybe more than you want to get into.
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I don't understand the design of having controls by your feet. Along with the OP's issue, they are just simply harder to use when docking.
Our (single lever) control is 'down by my foot' - I quite like it. I can shift and throttle with a foot, leaving both hands free for the wheel unlike binnacle mounted levers that generally have you reaching through the spokes of the wheel, possibly during a critical moment in the docking/turning process.
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Our (single lever) control is 'down by my foot' - I quite like it. I can shift and throttle with a foot, leaving both hands free for the wheel unlike binnacle mounted levers that generally have you reaching through the spokes of the wheel, possibly during a critical moment in the docking/turning process.
To each his own, more power to you.

I dock standing aside my helm wheel, so I can reach the wheel and throttle without that problem.
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To each his own, more power to you.

I dock standing aside my helm wheel, so I can reach the wheel and throttle without that problem.
.. the fact that my cockpit is probably 1/3 the beam of yours at the helm will be a factor here, I reckon.....
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