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jimh posted 02-19-2008 10:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
At this year's Miami International Boat Show, Yamaha had a very interesting hands-on display showing their relatively new electronic Command Link Digital Engine Controls. At a typical-sized helm console display there was a set of dual controls for an emulated twin engine set up. Twin ignition switches, twin multi-function tachometer gauges, and twin-engine shift and throttle controls were mounted on the helm. Atop the console were two actual electro-mechanical shift actuators and two actual throttle plate mechanisms.

Walking up to the display you had to start the virtual engines. Of course, you had to put the controls into NEUTRAL to get the engines to start. Turning and releasing the ignition keys got the engines running. Shifting the controls into gear caused the mechanical actuators to jump into action, and advancing the throttle opened the throttle plates.

It was an intriguing demonstration. It was particularly fun to see how the actuators responded to the control inputs. We did not discover anything particularly revolutionary about the controls and gauges, but it was quite interesting to see the far end of the circuit in action. This system is only available, I believe, on the new Yamaha F350 motor.

Again, I hope Yamaha brings this exhibit to other boat shows. You'll enjoy seeing how their system works.

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