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sheikofthesea posted 07-21-2007 11:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for sheikofthesea   Send Email to sheikofthesea  
I was out on the water [in a 190 MONTAUK] the other day with my son fishing and was dismayed to suddenly find that I couldn't shift the throttle into neutral. After unscrewing the casing and fiddling around with it a little bit we noticed that the four screws that attach the frame to the center console had come loose and thus there wasn't proper tension on the throttle cords. We screwed them back in and were able to go on our merry way, but it did come loose and there does not appear to be any securing nuts on the other side of the throttle frame. Rather the screws go through a bracket and then into these rubber sheaths, which in turn fit into holes drilled into the center console. Any other experiences with such goings on?
jenkinsph posted 07-22-2007 12:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for jenkinsph  Send Email to jenkinsph     
I have used stainless hardware with nyloc nuts for all of my add ons and made sure that any existing nuts are replaced with the nyloc type including the trailer. Sure helps with maintenance long term and is an easy fix while
at home. Some things require drilling and tapping but I try to limit the use of these fasteners where possible.

If I understand your problem correctly, can you add some nyloc nuts inside the console to keep the screws from vibrating loose?


nemored posted 07-22-2007 12:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for nemored  Send Email to nemored     
Sorry about that problem. I did not have my Mercury long enough to know if that was going to be an [problem] I sure like the boat.
chopbuster posted 07-22-2007 10:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for chopbuster  Send Email to chopbuster     
That has all the makings of a potential very bad day afloat should someone else have a similar control malfunction.

I would contact Boston Whaler and report this major concern.

highanddry posted 07-23-2007 12:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
If I understand your throttle is held to the console with rubber expanding bushings? If so you may wish to replace those with stainless screws and nylocks. You might also consider a tiny dab of BLUE Locktite on the screw threads. Do not use red--use blue.
jimh posted 07-23-2007 08:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Loss of control over the engine could be very hazardous. From your description it does not sound like the throttle controls are secured properly to the helm console.
sheikofthesea posted 07-26-2007 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for sheikofthesea  Send Email to sheikofthesea     
Thanks guys for your helpful advice. I will probably do the nylock thing and the blue locktite, and I will also notify BW about the issue.
highanddry posted 07-27-2007 02:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
If your going to use nylock nuts then you should not use Locktite.

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