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Port-side helm 4 months 4 weeks ago #133637

I've often pondered how I could alter a starboard side control handle for the early '60s 'oval' control box so that it would look sexier than the common use of the starboard side handle, that really looks 'wrong'.
Master Ed-Mc discovered this seemingly rare handle for use with a port-side helm when using the early '60s "oval" Merc control box.
It looks a lot better IMHO.
What say ye?,...Oh great masses of Mercury Lovers!!!
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Port-side helm 4 months 4 weeks ago #133644

I have on a boat I am restoring a duel box set up like that. got it NOS.

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Port-side helm 4 months 4 weeks ago #133654

"I have on a boat I am restoring a duel box set up like that. got it NOS."
Very cool Dave!
Both of mine are also NOS.
What is your opinion,...Are there lots of them out there???
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Port-side helm 4 months 3 weeks ago #133656

Hi Thom,
For my opinion, they are quite rare, and especially so in new old stock. We however do have two or three NOS ones ourselves.


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Port-side helm 4 months 3 weeks ago #133658

don't see them to often.

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Port-side helm 4 months 3 weeks ago #133659

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Sorry for my ignorance. I just want to learn a little more... if someone were setting up a twin rig, did they mirror opposite arm levers that would follow the same geometry? The picture looks like good functioning single throttle for a port or starboard application, but doesn't look like those 2 would marry symmetrically for a twin rig. Am I miss understanding this or did they cast a 3rd arm or box for twins?

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Port-side helm 4 months 3 weeks ago #133661

yes they did. came with 2 handles and spacer for the 2 boxes. to make things more complicated there were also long and short left and right handles. short being hard to find.
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Port-side helm 4 months 3 weeks ago #133668

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Thanks. I could see the value of a good paddle if I was trying to dock or trailer twin "dockbusters"...maybe a large zodiac would be a good boat for twin dockbusters so when I got confused, it would turn into a large bumper boat. They are pretty stylish looking.
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