Digital vs. Mechanical Controls

When selecting controls for a boat it is important to decide whether you want to go for mechanical and digital. If you’re unfamiliar with the differences, then allow me to explain. Mechanical controls connect to the engine via cables, one cable per engine.

Digital controls, on the other hand, make use of sensors and wires. This system transmits a signal from the controls to the engine’s computer. Mercury Marine models that utilize digital controls include the Verado and OptiMax. For additional information, talk to your mechanic next time you’re picking up snowmobile oil or spare parts.

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