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Shadowcatcher posted 05-02-2002 04:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for Shadowcatcher   Send Email to Shadowcatcher  
I have a Mercury brand throttle and the plastic knob, which has the trim switch, is cracked and coming off.

It doesn't look like Merc has replacement parts for this control (#88688A14). So I either have to glue the control handle back together, which I don't think will be permanent, or replace the whole thing.

Is my assesment correct?

If so, should I replace it with a Morse control or another brand?

Thanks, --Brian

JohnAz posted 05-02-2002 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
I have rebuilt several Plastic parts for boats by using "MarineTex" & fiberglass fibers,,,then shape with a Dremmel tool
Taylor posted 05-02-2002 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
I have the same question. I just realized that the whole 'chrome' base of my quicksilver control circa 1988 is plastic. That's ok for now, but the replacement looks to cost around $300. Now I know why folks worry about the cost of rigging when they replace motors.

Morse sounds interesting at that point, but I believe you would then have to mount a separate trim switch. But that does not strike me as a drawback. I fondly recall the very solid feel of a Morse control, which is much more substantial than the Quicksilver. I think the one needed for a single engine boat is the MT-3, I saw a price of $249.95 at one place.

Taylor posted 05-02-2002 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
... and $272 at another place. I'd like to elaborate on feel of a Morse. We had a pair of the single lever, dual function controls, one for each Chrysler 440 CI marine V8. There was a control on each side of the console, red knob on one, dark green on the other. Now that's a bad location, since it takes two hands to control the engines (and Dad only had the use of one) but by God you really felt like a man when you put a hand on each and went to push those throttles forward. I think I was 14 the first time I got to do that. That's worth $272 right there.
Taylor posted 05-02-2002 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Sorry to get carried away, I'm sure the marine-tex solution is best. Now where is my credit card....
Dick posted 05-02-2002 10:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I have a Merc control on my 99 Montauk. The trim switch broke last year so rather than replace the control I installed a dash mounted switch. Not as convenient as on the handle but it works. I'm a Merc dealer but I have to say Merc binical controls suck.

Morse controls can't be beat but one thing to consider is that you will have to switch to 33C cables to fit the control box with Merc adapters on the engine end, so add a few extra $ and time to change out the cables.

Shadowcatcher posted 05-03-2002 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Shadowcatcher  Send Email to Shadowcatcher     
Thanks for the info. From what I can tell,one of the Morse SL-3 models does have the trim switch built in. I am surprised at how little information I can find from manufacturers web sites on this stuff, especially regarding compatibility. It looks like Morse doesn't even want to help consumers on their web site because you need a password to get on.

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