replacing separate throttle/shifter into dual top mount control

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  1. ExumaBlue

    ExumaBlue New Member

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    Nov 19, 2019
    2003 290 BR
    Twin 350 MAG MPI 5.7L w/Bravo I
    hi all. new searay owner and first time boat owner as well. just purchased a 2003 290 BR and i hate the separate throttle and shifter set up. i want to change it to a top mount dual control unit as that's what i'm comfortable with. has anyone replaced their own? does anyone have any pics they might want to share? average cost of the job and is this a DIY project? thanks in advance for your replies.

    engines are twin i/o merc 350 mag mpi 300php
     
  2. Craig

    Craig Well-Known Member

    Feb 8, 2007
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Would be very costly and not worth it imo.I believe those are Livorsi controls. Considered premium by most standards. Give them a chance and learn to use them.
    Once you get use to them i think you will prefer them. Enjoy your new SR.
     
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  3. Chris-380

    Chris-380 Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    Pontoon Beach IL
    2000 380 Sundancer
    7.4L Horizon w/V drives
    How long have you had this boat. I had the combined for over 30, didn't take long to get used to the separate controls. Love them after one season
     
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  4. Jeremygavin

    Jeremygavin Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Cape Cod, MA
    2011 520 Sedan Bridge
    2016 Sea Ray 19 SPX OB
    2019 Walker Bay Generation 340
    Cummins QSM11s
    Mercury 150 Fourstroke
    Honda 40hp
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  5. Craig

    Craig Well-Known Member

    Feb 8, 2007
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Don't think there is enough dash real estate
    to accomplish that. The Livorsi controls have a unique layout. Not sure if there is a all in one set up for those. That is a very nice modification. I can see where combined with outdrives would be easier.
     
  6. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    ‘09 Sabre 38 Hardtop Express “Serenity”
    Volvo D6 w/IPS450 Pods
    I priced Livorsi’s for the 280. At the time they did not make a single lever throttle/shift handle control. I don’t know if they have changed that position.

    The other thing is unless you can find what you need at some place like Great Lakes Skipper, the retail is about $1500- $2000 plus per engine depending on the amount of options and bling. That was just for the handles, new cables and installation has to be figured in as well.

    I can understand the desire to change. The new boat has single throttle/shift handles along with the joystick. So technically we have two sets of controls one for driving and the other for docking.
     
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  7. Jeremygavin

    Jeremygavin Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Cape Cod, MA
    2011 520 Sedan Bridge
    2016 Sea Ray 19 SPX OB
    2019 Walker Bay Generation 340
    Cummins QSM11s
    Mercury 150 Fourstroke
    Honda 40hp
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  8. ExumaBlue

    ExumaBlue New Member

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    Nov 19, 2019
    2003 290 BR
    Twin 350 MAG MPI 5.7L w/Bravo I
  9. ExumaBlue

    ExumaBlue New Member

    29
    Nov 19, 2019
    2003 290 BR
    Twin 350 MAG MPI 5.7L w/Bravo I
  10. ExumaBlue

    ExumaBlue New Member

    29
    Nov 19, 2019
    2003 290 BR
    Twin 350 MAG MPI 5.7L w/Bravo I
    i think it might fit where the shifter is?! throttle.JPG
     
  11. ExumaBlue

    ExumaBlue New Member

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    Nov 19, 2019
    2003 290 BR
    Twin 350 MAG MPI 5.7L w/Bravo I
    A big THANKS to everyone that posted a reply. Didn't think I would get such a great response so quickly.
     
  12. Craig

    Craig Well-Known Member

    Feb 8, 2007
    Boatless
    Boatless
    It might. Worth a measure.
     
  13. ExumaBlue

    ExumaBlue New Member

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    Nov 19, 2019
    2003 290 BR
    Twin 350 MAG MPI 5.7L w/Bravo I
    The smartcraft screen isn't working so I was thinking about replacing it with a Raymarine Axiom 9" touchscreen. Does anyone foresee any problems installing it here? I was reading Jeremy's post on his helm remodel and he used Merc's gateway adapter so I'm assuming it would work for me. screen.jpg
     
  14. FabriceFR

    FabriceFR New Member

    7
    Mar 5, 2021
    Sea ray 290 bow rider 2001
    2x mercruiser
    Hi ExumaBlue,
    I have the same boat, SR 290 bow rider from 2001. Only 450h
    I want to replace the throttle / shifter.
    did you manage to replace it? Easy ? Better ?
    If you have some pics :)

    Thanks ;)
     
  15. FabriceFR

    FabriceFR New Member

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    Mar 5, 2021
    Sea ray 290 bow rider 2001
    2x mercruiser
    ???
     
  16. FabriceFR

    FabriceFR New Member

    7
    Mar 5, 2021
    Sea ray 290 bow rider 2001
    2x mercruiser
    Hello

    Any comment ?
     
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