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Old 06 August 2013, 12:02   #11
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Tiller confort will depend entirely if being a right or left handed boater, if having a wide sib-rib needing a center console, in that particular case port side is nearer tiller. I drive sitting at stardboard side on top a custom air deck and next to transom for long boating hours.

One importat issue nobody takes into account when selecting port side, is that on most engines water pee port is located at left side of engine. If you boat on kelpy, polluted, garbage seas and engine sucks in any forein material sealing lower water intakes will experimeent an engine overheat. Be prepared to see a severe smoking engine when at wot . That's why is mandatory to sit stardboard to check from time to time pee water indicator.

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Old 06 August 2013, 12:28   #12
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Due to prop rotation, sitting on the right side is correct to balance out the lifting force from the prop. That is the normal steering position for a power boat.
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That's why is mandatory to sit stardboard to check from time to time pee water indicator.
Ok, you guys are pretty certain that the correct side to sit on is to the starboard.

Like I said in my post, in my Arancia 3.77m sib, they put the footstraps in so that the driver is to port and the crew is to starboard. Any idea why they did this? (as you know there are hundreds, if not more, of this size sib made for surf lifesaving from Zodiac, Arancia, Metzler (sp? they used to have these in SA in the 80's, etc.).

Just asking, not trying to say anyone is wrong here!
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Old 06 August 2013, 13:24   #13
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No right nor wrong about it. A twitch of the bum cheek will tr a sib, ;-)
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Like I said in my post, in my Arancia 3.77m sib, they put the footstraps in so that the driver is to port and the crew is to starboard. Any idea why they did this?

Just asking, not trying to say anyone is wrong here!
That would be because all items produced worldwide are designed for 'righties' not 'lefties' I'll bet most that helm from Starboard are lefties, that's from a lefties point of view.
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I'm right handed and helm from starboard with my left hand. This on the Zody and space can be as much of a reason as correctness. On the ILB SIB helping was from starboard and space was not the reason.
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We've all got different ideas but at the end of the day try both sides a few times in different circumstances and stick with which feels best. For me (right handed) it has to be starboard and the *main* factor was the throttle rotation direction being the same as a motorbike, the other way just felt so odd. There's no 100% official rule.
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'TRim a sib' from my last phone generated post.
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Old 06 August 2013, 21:54   #18
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Get a motor with a left hand prop and sitting to port would be correct. You will not find many left handed rotating motors except large motors made for twin installation. Prop torque lifts the right side of the boat, so if everything were loaded on the center, it would be obvious by the craft leaning to the left. And no, most of my friends and myself are right handed. Been running outboards for about 60 years, so this is not green behind the ears talk.

Get into a narrow beam boat and try to run the motor from the left side of the boat. It will not take more than once to see that you made a mistake, especially if you make a sharp turn. Prop torque plus a turn will put you upside down before you can say oops.

Notice that the tiler is mounted on the left side of the motors. That is for a reason.

It is simple physics.
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Port side for me, right hand for the tiller, works for me
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I cannot get on with sitting on the starboard tube, as it it too much of a stretch to the tiller with my short arms particularly when turning to port.
Also it seems unnatural to operate the throttle with my left hand.
So I sit on the port side tube, although this means a bit of a stretch to the gear shift lever.

I did see a small 10hp outboard on a boat once with the gear shift on the tiller, which would be great, but have never seen one for sale or been able to find one.
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