Motorboat & Yachting Magazine October 2011,
Glendinning SACTII Electronic Throttles, Price £4643 Inc. Vat, Installed by Motortech Marine Engineering.
“When we brought our ‘nearly new’ Atlantic 42 a few years ago it met all our wishes except one, namely it had cable rather than electronic throttle controls. The cable controls worked well enough but, having had electronic controls in our previous boat, we always wanted to have them retrofitted on our Atlantic. We received various quotations from Volvo agents to install electronic controls to our TAMD63p’s but the cost was always prohibitive – until recently.
A telephone call to Volvo specialists Motortech, of Port Solent gave us a different perspective. They offered us three different kits to consider from a variety of suppliers and all at a more reasonable price. After further discussion with Motortech we opted for the Smart Actuator II made by Glendinning in the US
Two days would be needed for the installation, which were extended to three by adding on the annual engine servicing. We delivered our boat on a Monday morning and as promiced, she was ready for collection on Thursday. A full briefing was given to us by the engineer who installed it but no sea trial as “it’s a simple plug and play installation”.
Motortech’s confidence was fully justified on my solo return trip back to our base. The throttles performed perfectly and have done so ever since.
What improvements have they made to our boating? First, slow manoeuvring control is greatly improved, the boat can be nudged forward and astern far more easily and delicately. Second, the auto synchronisation facility obviates the need for constant fine manual adjustments. Third, it is far easier for women’s smaller hands to cover both throttles and less physical effort is required than for the cable throttles.
Are we pleased with the modification? No, we are delighted! The modification was completed on time abd on budget. Including the labour the total came to £7228 inc VAT – not cheap but well worth the extra comfort, safety and convenience it gives us” Mike Ambrose October 2011
Extract from Motorboat & Yachting Magazine, Vol159, 2907 – October 2011.