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Old 13 August 2009, 10:45   #1
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Which side do you sit on?

Is there a "right" or "wrong" side to sit when operating an outboard motor with a tiller handle?
I was out on the boat today and an old guy walking his dog engaged me in conversation as I stopped to raise a bridge. He said I was sitting on the "wrong" side of the engine (operating the tiller with my right arm) and should really be on the other side.
Thanks for the advice I said and I did try sitting on the other side but it was much harder to control the throttle/steer with my left arm pretty much at full stretch to reach it.
However the engine forward/reverse control was easier to get at, being on the same side now as me. So is the old duffer right?
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Old 13 August 2009, 10:57   #2
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Has been discussed here before. I think its a bit like which side is the best for the throttle on your console - its personal choice. When I used to steer a tiller outboard - I sat on the starboard side so I could access the gears on the starboard side.
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Old 13 August 2009, 10:58   #3
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I used to sit on the port side so I could control the throttle with my right hand.
Now I sit on the starboard side as thats where the gear change is.
You do get used to it eventually.
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I used to sit on starboard, as that put the left hand on the throttle, leaving the right hand (I'm right-handed) free to mess up the GPS and work the radio and stuff.

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i tend to swap about a bit ,,,
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I sit in the middle, on the bench seat.
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I sit on the side so I face the beach so both sides, alternating is good for the arm muscles.

Here is my usual position.
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Which side

Look at that cloudless sky on your picture....you lucky sod!
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I sit on the left sponsom on mine im right handed and seems most comfotable for me,bit naughty really,but them when achored up we both sit on the centre Twart to fish
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I sit on the side so I face the beach so both sides, alternating is good for the arm muscles.

Here is my usual position.
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