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Old 02-27-2013, 07:16 PM
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I am installing twin Honda BF 250's on a boat that I am building in my shop. At issue is the new fly by wire controls from Honda. They have not been released yet with little to no info besides end of March time frame for release.

The boat is a 30' Aluminum hull that I bought and am finishing out. Glenn L designed Coranaldo

Do I wait for them? (rumored to be Glendinning control/binnicle with the actuators under the Cowlings on the motors)

Get Glendinning controls? or Seastar version?

or stick to Mechanical Controls because of it's KISS factor?

Price is about $6500 for the Seastar

Glendinning; A local marine supply has it at around $4000 for the system

Mechanical's are $1000 for the controls and cabling

What if any input is out there on these.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:45 PM
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Not sure if this is relevant but here goes.

Just rigged a Pursuit 2800 with twin 225's (used). The engines came with KE-4's, I sold all of the KE-4 stuff and went mechanical because of simplicity. BIG MISTAKE. Shifting was near impossible and throttles were difficult to smoothly operate. Docking...don't even get me started. Ripped all of the old cables out and put in teleflex x-tremes, brand new. Same crap.

So, 8 hours into a new-to-me set of motors and I ripped out all of the mechanical sh!t and put in another set of KE-4's I picked up. I would STRONGLY suggest going electronic, be it a system like you describe with servos or something electronic but with cables.

There's a THT member kevin___ selling a full teleflex i6000 system in the parts forum for $1200 - I would be jumping all over that, you can make that work with your motor and it has some sick features.
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