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Concealed Side Mount Control

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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One of the most commonly used throttle control mechanisms in recreational boating is a concealed side mount control. Many can be mounted on either the port or starboard sides of a boat, making them great for many applications. Most concealed side mount controls feature a control lever with a suite of built-in functions, and a control box with cables that link directly to the engine.

Side mount controls are most commonly used with mid-range outboard motors. Many feature built-in trim/tilt switches, friction drag, and some kind of pullout clutch disengagement feature. The friction drag is useful for preventing throttle creep, and the clutch disengagement is useful for engine warm-up.

Comparing Concealed Side Mount Controls to Other Control Mechanisms

Other kinds of commonly used controllers include panel mount controllers and console mount controllers. Panel mount controllers are similar to concealed side mount controllers, housing trim buttons, shift functions, and throttle controls. However, panel mount controls may require a separate ignition switch, which is commonly included in side mount controllers.

Console mount controls offer control for either single engine boats or dual-engine boats. This makes them a favorite for use in offshore boats. For dual-engine designs, console mount controls use two handles, one for each engine, with buttons in one handle (usually the port handle) for trim. For most console mount controls, the ignition switch is not built-in to the controller, and must be mounted separately.

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