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Old 26 April 2004, 17:14   #1
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On the water at last

last week I took my Humber Extreme to Andy Cox at St Mawes for the electronics to be fitted and on Friday night launched at Fowey. On the water at last. Spent most of Saturday out as well. Very pleased with the boat and the Suzuki 140 on the back. Here are a couple of pictures one of Andy finishing off and the other of me at the wheel.
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Old 26 April 2004, 17:15   #2
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Wow, nice console !


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Old 28 April 2004, 01:36   #3
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Seams to be a very nice rib. I have a remark though. The throtle lever is on your left hand ? I thought that we all have the lever on our right
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Seams to be a very nice rib. I have a remark though. The throtle lever is on your left hand ? I thought that we all have the lever on our right
Most RIBS do seem to have the throttle on the right but IMHO thats wrong! If you are right handed then to me its better to have right hand on the wheel and left on the throttle. (When the going gets tough then you drive with both throttle and wheel dont you.) The other benefits of a throttle mounted to the left of the wheel are that you can take control of the throttle as a front seat passenger if you are teaching an experienced driver - e.g. concentrate on steering and I'll handle throttle incl. emergency stop if it all goes wrong

Blue Ice has her throttle on the left hand side and I much preferred that to my previous RIB where it was on the outside of the console on the right hand side. This is of course the default position cos its cheaper and allows use of the std side mount gear and throttle as opposed to the more expensive top mount.

Roy. Nice Looking RIB and well done for using Andy as he's a top bloke!
One thing you might want to consider is putting some padding around the top of your windscreen. Looks like an awfully hard edge for you to headbutt if you stuff the rib badly at speed!
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Absolutely, throttles of the left, makes driving much easier for us left handers

On a more serious note the top mount throttles are much better quality and enable the driver to finely adjust the revs whilst those awful side mount boxes that each manufacturer supplies are at best crude. Spending that little bit extra is well worth it.

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Throttle on the left

Much easier when you haven't got all the fingers on your left hand!

Hold on to the wheel with the right, grasp throttle with left in my case
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Absolutely, throttles of the left, makes driving much easier for us left handers

On a more serious note the top mount throttles ...
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If you have the space to put it on. In most cases at mid sized (5 - 6 m) iit's rather difficult to find a location on top of the console.
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Old 28 April 2004, 04:22   #8
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Most RIBS do seem to have the throttle on the right but IMHO thats wrong!
IMHO it's right (no pun intended!).

When you're driving fast, or in the rough, then the throttle is your primary control -- not the wheel -- so it should be in your dominant hand.

All this proves is that there isn't a right or a wrong, but a personal preference

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i'm a lefty! and have my throttle on the right from a teaching point of view
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.
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Didn't know that they haven't got neutrlal lock
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