Originally Posted by tim griffin
i like them as you hear a nice clunk when going into neutral, which is heaven to an instructor, agree with John dominant hand for throttle control the only problem with topmount throttles is,one no neutral lock and two where to put them, i dont like them on teaching boats as first timers have a habit of crashing the gears, but they are good for leisure users but a bugger when they go wrong.
Oh yes they do, the detente is definately there on my Vetus top mount as was on the Quicksilver commander throttle. Neutral is normally selected by pressing a button in to dis-engage the gears enabling the revs to be raised for stating for example.
"but a bugger when they go wrong
" My top mount can be fully accessed from inside the console without undoing any bolts, can't think of anything simplier.
If there isn't room on a jockey console for top mount then put a side mount on it. Its when I drive other ribs I suddenly realise how much better a decent quality throttle can be.
Agree that in big seas the throttle is more important than the steering and yes nice when a novice crashes through your gearbox or doesn't use enough force and you hear the dog clutches grinding against each other.
still all part of the fun being an instructor.
Latest incident by the way was whilst giving the "airline type brief" on lifejackets and "if you pull this toggle the jacket will inflate" a student did just that! any funnily enough it did, much to the amusement of everyone on the jetty! one way of inspiring student confidence in your kit I suppose.