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Ablewis posted 10-28-2006 07:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for Ablewis   Send Email to Ablewis  
I want to be able to remove the center console on my 1990 Montauk and am not able to figure out how to remove the cable to the Yamaha 704 Remote Control. Does anyone have the 704 install/setup documentation or suggestions? Any other suggestions related to the removal of the center counsole would also be appreciated.

I spent the spring fixing up the teak (I went with epoxy finish), installing a live well, replacing the cusions, installing a kicker motor, and installing a GPS/fish finder. I have a lot of hull work ahead of me and spent the summer fishing instead. Now I need to remove everything to flip the boat for repairs. This still worries me, but there is plenty of great information on this site!

Dan posted 10-28-2006 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
I think you unscrew the wood pieces at the base of the console that cover the aluminum L brackets.

Then you can access the screws that go from L bracket to console and are secured with lock nuts.

I think that's it.

Ablewis posted 10-28-2006 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ablewis  Send Email to Ablewis     
I figured that part out. However, I'm having trouble figuring out how to disconnect the cables from the controls before I remove the center console.
RocketMan posted 10-29-2006 07:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for RocketMan  Send Email to RocketMan     
I would expect a connector about a foot or two away from the control that serves as a connect-disconnect feature between the cables and the control. I would not expect the cables to disconnect right at the control.
Clark Roberts posted 10-29-2006 08:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Rocket, there should be fasteners (probably four screws or bolts) that secure the shift/throttle lever assembly to the face of console. You will have to remove a "snap-on" bezel/cover to access these fasteners and it may have to be
pryed off. Remove the bezel and the fasteners and there should be enough slack in the cables to allow you to pull it up and clear of console which will allow you access to remove the cables and "start-in-gear" switch wiring. If not enough slack then disconnect the shift and throttle cables at the engine and pull the throttle/shift assy up and out. Good luck and happy Whalin'... Clark... Spruce Creek Navy
PSA> The cables are secured to the assy via threaded rod/nuts...hope the above is correct for you hardware!
jimh posted 10-29-2006 09:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
On remote throttle and shift controls there often are plastic or thin metal fascia which conceal the actual fasteners. If plastic, these must be removed by carefully bending of the fascia at the concealed tabs which retain it. If metal, there is often an weak adhesive holding the fascia in place.
kurtgru posted 10-29-2006 10:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for kurtgru  Send Email to kurtgru     
Clark is correct, you will find 4 small screws holding the plastic cover on. However, you will still need to carefully pry the cover off as there are a couble of small index tabs that keep the cover secure even if the 4 cover screws back out. You will then be able to access the bolts that hold the assembly to the console. It is typically easiest to remove the bolts and then pull the controls up from the console as it will give you a little more room to work. As Clark mentioned, there usually is enough slop in the cables that will allow you to do this. I believe the 704 then has a black plastic cover that needs to be removed to access the cable atachment points. Hope this helps.
Backlash posted 10-29-2006 10:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     

I've scanned the entire 14 page Yamaha 704 Remote Control Box Manual and downloaded it here:


Ablewis posted 10-29-2006 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ablewis  Send Email to Ablewis     
Thanks a million Rocketman, Kurt, Clark, Jim and Steve. Steve,posting the manual for the 704 is extremely helpful to newbies like myself. I'm going to have at it again, as your suggestions confirmed what I thought I needed to do. I had removed the 4 screws mentioned but the snap on cover didn't seem to snap off easily. I noticed the metal tabs on the side and assumed I needed to pry out slightly on the side but was reluctant to proceed without suggestions. Thanks again!

Next I'm goint to tackle taking off the beast....90 h.p. Yamaha. Anything special I should know about removing the steering cable from the motor?


Casco Bay Outrage posted 10-29-2006 12:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
Steve -

Thanks for scanning the manual. I have been wanting a copy for a maintenance project.

Andy -

Glad your cover screws came out. 2 of mine are frozen.


Ablewis posted 10-29-2006 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ablewis  Send Email to Ablewis     
Lots of wires and cables to disconnect but the removal of the center console and all the railings and RPS went well today. The cover came off of the shifter with a little of the tabs was difficult to pry off and I ended up taking off a small piece of plastic. I think a little silicone will keep it tight. I did end up with two frozen bolts one on the console where it attaches to the L-bracket and one of the front bolts that holds down the rail. I was able to drill those out after stripping the phillips head slots.
Where the front rail connects at the very front of the boat, that bracket is actually held down with two bolts (rather then screws). I am assumuning that there must be a metal plate with nuts on the other side as there is no place to access those nuts. I had to drill one of these out and I still have one of the broken bolts in the hole. I'm not completely sure what to do with that yet.

The motor comes next. I'm still not sure if it would be easier to simply pull all the cables and wires through the tunnel and remove with the motor. Or...disconnect all of the wires and the cables at the motor as well. I'm thinking it would be easier to pull through the tunnel, except that it is relatively tight with all of those wires and cables.

I've got a lot of pictures of the whole process. See:¤t=1162175783.pbw

Thanks again!


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