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Dual Engine Binacle Control

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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One of the most common control methods for twin-engine boats is a dual engine binacle control system. Activating a single throttle control lever, usually a concealed side mount control, can control many single engine boats, but twin-engine boats but require a higher degree of control. Dual engine binacle control systems take the form of two side-by-side throttle controls, and resemble console mount control systems for single engine boats more than they resemble popular side-mount designs.

Like console mount, or flush mount, controls for single engine boats, binacle controls mount on the console, or dashboard, of the boat. They usually feature trim and tilt controls built into one of the control levers and require a separate ignition switch, much like flush mount controls for single engine designs. With a simple press of a button, the levers can be made independent of one another, allowing you to trim each of the motors separately or trim both together.

There are a few different options available for dual engine binacle control boxes. Many systems feature an optional neutral safety switch, which prevents the boat from being started while in gear. Some also feature removable covers for quick access to the control wiring, or optional gear detent kits.

Shopping For a New Dual Engine Binacle Control Box

There is a wide range of binacle control systems available from online marine parts stores and boating equipment stores. If you have a question about whether or not a certain system is compatible with your boat, many online vendors have knowledgeable sales staff that can help. Online forums and equipment resource pages are also great resources for quick questions or troubleshooting.


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