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Electronic throttle & shift controls?

Postby spungedave » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:31 pm

We have recently acquired a 2007 3060 Windows Express with dual Volvo penta drives. I am contemplating upgrading the boat to digital electronic throttle & shift controls, likely either Glendinning or UFlex. Has anyone on this forum done such an upgrade and care to share your experience? Was it worth it/did you encounter problems? Anyone have opinions about these two after-market providers of digital controls? Any insights are greatly appreciated!
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Re: Electronic throttle & shift controls?

Postby Chris_in_Texas » Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:28 pm

You will never recoup any money for doing electronic controls for that vintage of a boat. If things are a bit stiff I would replace the cables if they haven't in the past, coming up on 11 years old or so. Electronic controls now a day imply joystick control, and a CAN bus to operate the helm with, that also includes electronic by wire steering as well. I would spend the money on new chartplotter and radar and sonar, as you can get a better return with the modernization of the helm that way. ;)
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Re: Electronic throttle & shift controls?

Postby catalina_mike » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:11 am

Chris_in_Texas wrote:You will never recoup any money for doing electronic controls for that vintage of a boat. If things are a bit stiff I would replace the cables if they haven't in the past, coming up on 11 years old or so. Electronic controls now a day imply joystick control, and a CAN bus to operate the helm with, that also includes electronic by wire steering as well. I would spend the money on new chartplotter and radar and sonar, as you can get a better return with the modernization of the helm that way. ;)


Agree 100%
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Re: Electronic throttle & shift controls?

Postby rmrider03 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:37 am

I was quoted $8000 to install/retrofit an electronic shift/throttle system made by SeaStar solutions on my '04 3560. To the point made above, I don't think it can be worth the money. In my case I opted to retrofit the vessel with the latest vesselview available at the time and to me that was far more worth it and much more useful.
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Re: Electronic throttle & shift controls?

Postby Bt Doctur » Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:50 pm

mechanical - positive control long life, easily changed
ETS- fly-by-wire, needs can buss wiring, subject to salt water damage, very expensive.
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