Our last boat, a 60-foot sailing catamaran, was also our first boat. It was quite the learning curve for us, and we did not know to appreciate the new electronics added by the previous owner in 2015. The update included new navigation electronics from Raymarine, a new Onan 21.5kw generator, and two new Volvo Penta D3-110 engines. Switching from the catamaran to a 2009 Alaskan 56 has given us quite a bit of experience and insight into boat electronics.
When we were looking for a new boat, we did keep an eye on the throttle controls. It wasn’t a deciding factor at the time, but maybe it should have been. Thankfully, our boat came equipped with an electronic throttle system by Glendinning, which we quickly come to love.