Technical Reference / FAQs

What kind of control cables go on my boat? The boat has a [brand name] engine.
There are several ways to determine this information by noting:
appearance of the cable
part number of the cable
engine(s) and controls on which cable is used
Take a look at the existing cable.
Usually, the part number is stamped in white on the existing cable's plastic outer casing.
If you can't locate it or read the part number, check to see what brand of control and brand/year of engine
is on the boat now.
With this information, you can determine which cable you need from identification/application charts
in this catalog. These charts will help you identify cables by appearance, part number, control type and
engine brand/type.
In most cases, SeaStar Solutions offers three performance grades, called Standard, Midrange and Premium.
For maximum performance, we recommend our Premium
Once the part number of the replacement control cable is known, measure the one you have now if at all
Please see "How to Measure Control Cables" in this catalog and take special note of how measurements are
made. The most frequent reason for the return of a new cable is that the incorrect length was ordered.
Yes, If you use the DS units shown on pages 193 and 194 of our catalog.
If you do not use the DS units the controls will bind up.
Instead, use one single function dual lever control per engine at each station. We have several from which
to choose, but recommend the CH5600P — a state-of-the-art mechanical control specifically designed to
work smoothly in twin station boats.
Single function controls for twin stations are set up with the cables "in series". This means that each cable
is run from one lever of an upper station control to the corresponding lever of the lower station control.
Another cable is then run from the lower station control to the engine. When the cables are properly
connected, moving the levers at one station will move the levers at the other station in addition to
actuating throttle and shift.
Shift detents should be used in the lower station control(s) (closest to the engine) only. Do not install shift
detents in the second station control.
When mechanical controls are used in two stations, we always recommend
cables, which are
also specifically designed to work smoothly in twin station applications. When combined with CH5600
controls, these cables give you superior smoothness and response. Because of their unique contruction,
these cables have very little backlash, so a high-quality synchronization of the control head lever position
and feel at each station (including shift detents) is possible.
If a mechanical control system cannot deliver acceptable feel or response, upgrade to an electronic control
Can I use a dual function control in a dual station boat?