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Old 19 February 2002, 14:58   #1
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Trim button position ?????

Got a mercury 75 two stroke new 2000, cant understand why the trim button on the throttle is positioned on the right hand side.

( Throttle is mounted on right hand side of console for operating with right hand. )

All other boats I have owned have had the trim button exactly where the thumb sits making it easy to adjust trim whilst controling throttle.

Why on earth is it positioned on the right which makes it next to impossible to adjust whilst maintaining a proper grip. Most annoying , anybody know why ???
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Old 19 February 2002, 17:30   #2
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It is because the American's like to use their little pinky to amuse themselves where as us brits use our thumb to get our kicks!
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Old 19 February 2002, 23:36   #3
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logic...

If you use your pinky for the trim...it leaves the thumb free for amusement...
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Old 20 February 2002, 01:22   #4
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So far,

All the engines I' ve used have the trim switch at the same point. The Mercury 115, that I own now, the Yamaha 50 that I owned some years ago, the Yamaha 150 that a friend of mine has and the Evinrude 90 of an other one, ALL of them have the trim switch installed at the outer right surface of the throttle. That's because we ribsters install the trottle mechanism at the .right of the conslole and in order to do this we have to flip the lever. If you install the mechanism at the inner right side of the boat everything seams to be normal.
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Old 20 February 2002, 15:32   #5
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doesnt make sense ?

maybe its something I am gonna have to get used too, but doesnt seem ergonomic in any way to me , guess Im gonna hve to train my little finger to work better ???

sorry mercury seems naff idea to me
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Old 20 February 2002, 20:19   #6
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on the same theme......

Is there any science behind the placing of the throttle control itself? - i.e. some RIBS have them mounted to the left of the console and others to the right - or is it just good ole personal preference?
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throttle placement...

I prefer a throttle to the left of the helm on a console, this allows someone to work the throttle other than the cox, if need be.
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I think generally this is a matter pf preference.

I have reenty bought an ex demo Honda 130 - and had to accept the fact that the control lever would have to go on the left - as that was the option chosen by the demonstrator company.

I did have the choice of purchasing a new control box - which with Honda comes in the whole range of options - left, right, PTT swich on inside or outside (finger or thumb operation) etc - but chose not to go to this extra expense.

Perhaps if you are not happy with your switch you could have it upgraded through a local dealer?
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My preference is for throttle controls on the right hand side. I am right handed and when the going is rough the throttle is the primary means of controlling the boat, not the wheel.

This does tend to put the trim switch on the outside of the lever. As Michael said earlier, it's because the controls were designed to be mounted on an inside surface, not on the outside of a console.

However in a RIB you really dont want to be holding the top of the control lever anyway, as it doesn't give enough control when you are bouncing around.

I find the best way is to hold the lever towards the base, with the edge of my hand braced on the control box. Then I can use the edge of my index finger to nudge the trim button as required.

Next time I'm near a boat I'll try to get a picture to show what I mean -- infortunately I suspect that my description above will only serve to inflame Allen's innuendo gland . . .

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John I agree

ended up holding the throttle with a tennis racket type grip, so its easier to alter trim

seems I'll have to live with it as no point in replacing a perfectly good throttle........maybe I could trade with someone...... fat chance

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