Neutral switch

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  1. uncledom


    Joined Jun 11, 2011
    1,153 posts, 258 likes
    Hunter 41
    US Lewes
    I believe the normal path for that is from the Key switch to the NSS to the Starter Solenoid. I'm pretty sure 14g wire will do the trick but it's always best to test the circuit.

  2. All U Get

    All U Get

    Joined Oct 2, 2008
    2,907 posts, 561 likes
    Pearson/ 530
    US Strafford, NH
    Amazon has the switch for $40, hmmmmmmm. Trans Atlantic Diesel has it for $26.

    Last edited: Mar 23, 2019
  3. Ron20324


    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    6,837 posts, 857 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Annapolis MD
    Sat. 0900... Hey, All... I see a boat headed north off the Delaware coast. Is that you?

  4. All U Get

    All U Get

    Joined Oct 2, 2008
    2,907 posts, 561 likes
    Pearson/ 530
    US Strafford, NH
    Nope, still in the Abacos for a month.

  5. jssailem


    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,040 posts, 3,945 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Just wishful thinking on Ron's part.

  6. capta


    Joined Jun 4, 2009
    3,051 posts, 1,099 likes
    Pearson 530
    na Admiralty Bay, Bequia SVG
    TAD is a great company to build a relationship with. Usually a bit higher prices, but knowledgeable and quick to respond to requests for parts.

  7. MitchM


    Joined Jan 20, 2005
    744 posts, 117 likes
    Nauticat 321 pilothouse 32
    US Erie PA
    go to and search for your engine and tranny set u . you can s earch for free but you need to subscribe to post questions or email. this board saved me a ton of $$$ over the last 45 years.

  8. All U Get

    All U Get

    Joined Oct 2, 2008
    2,907 posts, 561 likes
    Pearson/ 530
    US Strafford, NH
    Just an update on the switch. I did a fluid change and filled the transmission just under full on the dip stick. I was told once to check it hot just when I shut down the engine because some ATF fluids will be in the oil cooler. Thinking back to last fall, I had added an ounce because it looked less than full. Does it have to be precisely full?

    The manual says 3 quarts but I added 2.6 and the engine started without me fussing with the neutral safety switch. Would too much fluid interfere with its operation? I’ll keep track.

  9. NotCook


    Joined Dec 29, 2008
    657 posts, 172 likes
    Treworgy 65' Custom Steel Pilothouse Staysail Ketch
    US St. Croix, Virgin Islands
    We had a problem with starting out engine during the first year after acquired the vessel back in 2003. Ended up paying something like $700 to have the starter removed, rebuilt and reinstalled. Then encountered the problem again! Finally figured out that it was the NSS which apparently is slightly out of adjustment. Jiggling the gear lever toward Forward and trying again usually gets it the first time. One of these days I will dismantle things and find how to align that NSS. Frankly, I don't know if the NSS is in the gearshift/throttle mechanism or in the Velvet Drive.

    Just for entertainment purposes, here is our gearshift/throttle:
    Engine Telegraph.jpg

    If I were honest, I would admit that THIS was the deciding factor in buying the boat!

    DArcy - Islay Mist likes this.
  10. Capt jgw

    Capt jgw

    Joined Feb 8, 2014
    1,035 posts, 72 likes
    Columbia 36
    US Muskegon
    Or just put both wires on the same lug. Doesn't matter which one. That way you could easily put it back to stock if needed.
    Agreed, on a light boat with a big motor a neutral switch is needed to keep from throwing the operator overboard if started in gear. Totally unnecessary in a heavy sailboat.

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  11. 31seahorse


    Joined Aug 2, 2005
    941 posts, 198 likes
    Celebrity Class 19
    US Penn Yan, NY (Seneca Lake SP)
    Hello NotCook, Impressive! I agree with your thoughts on the reason to purchase based on the gearshift/throttle. Do you also have a "tube" to talk to the crew in the engine room? Is your vessel steam powered? Best Wishes.

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