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  1. #1

    Cummins Electronic Controls

    Iím in the last days of delivering a late model Ferretti from Lauderdale to Solomons, and these controls are... goofy.

    They appear to be Micro-Commanders with Cummins decals. Iím used to the slight delay in going into gear, but this thing never throttles up the same way twice. Sometimes I can ease the throttle forward (synched), and she runs up nice and smooth. Other times, I take the throttle to the stop, and it just sits there a second and takes off like a friggin rocket launch. I can partially advance the throttles, and itíll then accelerate on its own. Itís like thereís a time delay that works part of the time. I can generally feel it about to hard launch and pull back the throttle before it does. Itís fun feeling that massive torque, but I know that can be hard on things.

    Then thereís the lovely vagueness in trying to apply throttle in reverse. Lots of range in the handle before it responds, then it is too much. Iíve run a few boats with these type controls, but none have ever done this. This is the first twin engine boat for this new owner, and I donít want him to get into trouble. Iím assuming there is some way to address this.

  2. #2

    Re: Cummins Electronic Controls

    Not the first time we ve heard of micro commanders acting goofy. Add to this the fact that theyíre installed on an Italian boat and you have a recipe for disaster.

    First thing I would check is power supply and voltage. Many control issues are caused by voltage issues. And again Italian boats are known for creative wiring and short cuts.
    Pascal
    Miami, FL
    1970 53 MY #325 Cummins 6CTAs
    2014 26' gaff rigged sloop
    2007 Sandbarhopper 13
    12' Westphal Cat boat

  3. #3

    Re: Cummins Electronic Controls

    I'm aware of another boat with similar controls that caused you angst.
    Everyone should believe in something - I believe I will go fishing - Henry David Thoreau

  4. #4

    Re: Cummins Electronic Controls

    I'm aware of a solution.
    Scott
    41C117 "Hattatude"
    Port Canaveral Florida.


    When I want your opinion I'll give it to you?

  5. #5

    Re: Cummins Electronic Controls

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Bradley View Post
    I'm aware of another boat with similar controls that caused you angst.
    Are you implying that the operator may have something to do with it?
    Sky Cheney
    1985 53EDMY, Hull #CN759, "Rebecca"
    ELYC on White Lake--Montague, MI

  6. #6

    Re: Cummins Electronic Controls

    There is nothing like shifting your boat into gear, getting no response, then pushing the lever a little bit further and having it over rev and jump. Not a great feeling.
    Everyone should believe in something - I believe I will go fishing - Henry David Thoreau

  7. #7

    Re: Cummins Electronic Controls

    I had a set of Micro Commanders on my last boat. As I was entering a narrow Marina one stuck in gear and would not let me shift into neutral, luckily I was able to back out with the other engine. I was able to turn off the breaker and then turn it back on which fixed the problem, but I did have to change my underwear afterward. John
    Mahalo V
    1974 53 Motoryacht
    Hull Number 406
    San Diego, Ca. Ready 32 Nordic Tug, Brunswick Ga.

  8. #8

    Re: Cummins Electronic Controls

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Bradley View Post
    There is nothing like shifting your boat into gear, getting no response, then pushing the lever a little bit further and having it over rev and jump. Not a great feeling.
    Thatís exactly what this one does, sometimes. At least yours was consistent in running up to speed. Iíll take hydraulic or cable over electronic any day.

  9. Re: Cummins Electronic Controls

    Quote Originally Posted by Pascal View Post
    ... And again Italian boats are known for creative wiring and short cuts.
    Fortunately you're not dealing with English wiring ;-)

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    Eric
    1972 Uniflite Salty Dog "Sharon Jean"

    https://72saltydog.shutterfly.com/

    Preceded by a 1967 Hatteras 34C

  10. #10

    Re: Cummins Electronic Controls

    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon Jean View Post
    Fortunately you're not dealing with English wiring ;-)

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    We have 3 Italian Alfa Romeos from the 80s and a 1972 Jaguar E-type. The electrical on the Alfas are far worst than the British Lucas.
    Pascal
    Miami, FL
    1970 53 MY #325 Cummins 6CTAs
    2014 26' gaff rigged sloop
    2007 Sandbarhopper 13
    12' Westphal Cat boat

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