View Full Version : good looking outboard control

Tom Wilkinson
11-09-2003, 05:37 PM
After looking at all the outboard controls on the market I couldn't find one that I felt was in keeping with the looks of the runabout I'm building. The morse MV-2 was the best looking one I could find but I still didn't like the plastic bezel. I found one reasonably priced on e-bay so I bought it thinking I could easily replace the plastic bezel with a wooden one. I was wrong.
It turns out the plastic bezel is also a housing for the gearing in the control. I took the whole thing apart and devised a way to copy it in wood using a homemade three axis router with a copy attachment.
Looks like it will work pretty well. I still have to plane it down a little on the lever side as the blank was too thick. I will then cut it out from the blank, coat the whole thing with epoxy, drill, epoxy and tap the mounting points for the metal housing and it should then be ready to epoxy directly to the back of the cockpit ceiling plank. Should be a very clean installation. I keep you posted as to how well it works (or doesn't).
And now for the pics.
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid87/p6c39ba170e694bdfb19b7d800813a2b6/fa9a0609.jpg http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid87/p7ef6e7c378e7dff939b71b34ddbcd233/fa9a05db.jpg http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid87/p61d5d0be73fe56aa71c7ce2d3dd3960d/fa9a05c6.jpg http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid87/p0faa619d63a3667a97abcc34b93912d7/fa9a05af.jpg http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid87/pc80c499629a8a3f22304bf0094abd9e4/fa9a059d.jpg http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid87/p6bc506fd9ab25112101a878028e34193/fa9a0586.jpg http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid87/p5066a5d81307f44c40fd50ceb4ee3466/fa9a0549.jpg

11-11-2003, 03:31 AM
Very nice indeed. :cool:

Bill Perkins
11-11-2003, 08:07 AM
I'd like to do an instalation like that on my boat Tom , though my hope would to be to hand hold my plunge router with maybe some perimeter fences tacked down .Did you find a source for the Morse controls here in town as well as on Ebay ?

Tom Wilkinson
11-11-2003, 09:23 AM
I haven't found a local source but I haven't looked all that hard either.

Bob Perkins
11-11-2003, 10:31 AM
I like it!

I've been looking around for a control too.. although not all that much yet..

But I like your idea... May have to consider that myself.


Skiff Junkie
11-11-2003, 12:44 PM
You'd think that the outboard motor manufacturers would offer a variety of styles for their engine controls, but unfortunately, they really don't offer anything that is aesthetically pleasing. :mad: When I had my 88hp Johnson installed on my boat, I ordered a set of chrome teleflex controls similar to those on larer boats and had them installed with the motor. They look much better to me than the stock Johnson controls, and they work quite well. :cool: Your idea of building a new housing is pretty cool. I hope it works as good as it looks. :cool:

11-11-2003, 05:06 PM
great ideal tom, I have been tring to build a wood steering wheel for mine. Finding parts to make that boat look authentic was harder then building it. keep up the good work Ken well be proud.