The usual type of throttle control on motor
and sailing yachts
is called a single lever throttle
. As the name suggests, there is one lever that controls the direction of the drive
. When the lever is moved forwards or backwards from the neutral position, the drive is engaged in forward or reverse gear and accelerates. The propeller
rotates depending on how far the lever is pushed forwards or backwards. Two Bowden cables
are attached to each lever, which lead to a respective motor. The first cable tells the gearbox
the direction it should move and thus determines the rotational direction of the propeller
The second Bowden cable
controls fuel injection
and thus the speed. In addition, there is a device on the lever so that the throttle can be accelerated
the drive, for this purpose there is a button on the lever. Alternatively, the lever can be completely removed.
On a ship
with several motors
, each motor has one lever. Operation is very simple, making user error practically impossible. However, abruptly switching
from forward to reverse is very damaging for the gearbox
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