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Trying not to destroy engine controls

I have what is probably typical in a small auxiliary sailboat boat: The engine controls are on the cockpit foot-well wall. I am worried about smashing my choke lever, or starter button while we are heeling over, and I am putting my feet on the low side for support. Anybody else have problems with stepping on their controls when heeled?
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Re: Trying not to destroy engine controls

GREETINGS EARTHLING cover it with a perspex door or a bit of wood AS ALWAYS GO SAFE
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Re: Trying not to destroy engine controls

If you can step on it, you will step on it. Or someone will step on it for you.

Get a nice piece of 1/4" plexi or something similar cheap from the local plastics guy's scrap bin. Cut it about two inches larger (so it overlaps one inch on all four sides) than the "well", secure with a sturdy hinge or piano hinge. Finding a good hinge will be the hardest part. Add a velcro dot on the bottom to keep it "stuck down" when it is closed, maybe another dot above it to hold it open as well.

Polish with suitable polish every once in a while to keep it from getting grungy.
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Re: Trying not to destroy engine controls

My thought was similar. The problem with hinges is that there may not be room to swing it as a door. I advocate cutting some slots in wood or starboard to make a frame and then cutting that plexi to slide down into the slots. Glue the wood to the footwell walls to form the vertical sides of a frame. The top is open, and the footwell would form the bottom A top down view of the setup would be like this:

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Re: Trying not to destroy engine controls

Or some 1/4 ss rod stock, made up into two guard bars over the main body of it.
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Re: Trying not to destroy engine controls







Due to the big azz hole and NOT wanting a 12' choke cable i lived with Seafevers original location and as its all the WAY forward its done fine the last two years

The biggest item is the snap on sumbrella cover which protects it during the 99% of its life from UV when its on the mooring
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Re: Trying not to destroy engine controls

I think maybe putting the starter button and choke into a recessed area would make sense.
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Re: Trying not to destroy engine controls

Put a stainless tube guard over it - a stock single handrail might work. Measure the width of it and hit your local marine consignment shop for one the right size.
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Re: Trying not to destroy engine controls

Stepping on (and snapping off) the key is the worst thing that can (has) happened!!

This is our current setup.. nicely done but having a custom cover made to replace the opaque one was pricey!

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Re: Trying not to destroy engine controls

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Stepping on (and snapping off) the key is the worst thing that can (has) happened!!
"Luckily", there is no key. My ignition switch is in the cabin.

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Put a stainless tube guard over it - a stock single handrail might work. Measure the width of it and hit your local marine consignment shop for one the right size.
Ahh. That sounds like a good idea! Plus, it will give me something to grab next time I am knocked down to port.
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