Several embodiments of improved mechanisms for controlling an outboard drive of a marine watercraft. In each embodiment, there is provided a hand held control unit that permits remote steering and engine control of the watercraft. In some embodiments, the hand held control includes a rotatable control element for effecting steering and a reciprocating control element for killing the engine. In some embodiments, the controls for the engine and steering are designed to be operated by different fingers of the user and in other embodiments, they are designed so as to be operated by the same finger of the operator. In addition, there is included an improved sensor for sensing the steered position of the outboard drive.
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