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Old 08 March 2008, 23:25   #11
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Just a comment - although a lot of people refer to "sitting" on the side of the boat (whether port or starboard) note that the lifeboat guys kneel on the floor rather than sit on the tubes. That keeps their centre of gravity lower and keeps them safer within the enclosed space.

Having been thrown almost out of a D Class on one particularly bouncy shout a few years ago (as crew, not driving), and grabbed by the legs and pulled back aboard by the other crew as I headed seawards, I can recommend the technique!

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Old 09 March 2008, 13:58   #12
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I always helm the D-Class from the starboard side. The tiller being on the left means that you have much better range of movement at close quarters - I find it much more difficult when sitting on the port side, and it's difficult to get the engine over to anywhere near full lock.

Having said that, it might also be habit - I drive my RIB from the starboard side too - but the steering wheel is on that side........

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Old 09 March 2008, 14:18   #13
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Originally Posted by andreworiordan View Post
but i always sit on the left on the sponsons...
You won't find them sitting on the sponsons very often. They are always inside of the boat. So sitting on the tiller side would make manouevering quite awkward, especially if there's a fourth crew member or casualty on board as room gets a little tight!
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Old 09 March 2008, 14:55   #14
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I was always taught and teach to helm the boat sitting or crouching on the starboard side. Due to the throttle being off centre and closer to the gear selector.

However when I got my zapcat it was set up for helming on the port side with the foot straps on the starboard tanks, took a bit of getting used to but the central tiller and damper help.
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Old 30 March 2008, 18:25   #15
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d class

owned a d class few years ago but wonderd why they fit the compass on the starboard sponson its hard keeping a course looking at it 45 deg .

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