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Old 10 May 2011, 16:17   #11
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Aye, I understand that if you use your left hand, it feels like someone else....
I have heard this also...
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Old 11 May 2011, 03:51   #12
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I don't personally see the argument for sitting on the same side as the gear-change lever. You're usually at trolling speeds for gear-changes anyway, so moving isn't hazardous.
I come from a sail and windsurf teaching background so have spent lots of time with people/gear in the water and i completely disagree, anything that can get in the way or cause a false gear change could be literally fatal.
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My outboard engine has a pull starter. I use my right hand to pull as I'm right handed. I find it more comfortable to pull start with the outboard engine straight, but I guess that you can pull with the engine completely turned.

Whatever you do, do not pull start with same hand as kill cord. I have seen it many times and man, it is an old joke but still funny, sort of Buster Keaton gag.

Regarding left hand and seating, it's a popular advice seating on the left hand to have it numb. Creativity is unlimited: noisy bracelets, nail polish and so. Some people have such a rich inner life.
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Regarding left hand and seating, it's a popular advice seating on the left hand to have it numb. Creativity is unlimited: noisy bracelets, nail polish and so. Some people have such a rich inner life.
So it would appear!
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Old 11 May 2011, 09:55   #15
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A lot of the newer engines have the gearshift centre front anyway, so the Port / Stbd thing becomes a matter of preference or if a beamy boat whether you can reach it or not from one side or t'other!

I personally prefer starboard if beam allows, simply because the torque pulls it away from you, and I find it easier to "hang on" to the tiller than "push it back to centre".


Chaq'un a son gout, as our continental colleagues say..... albeit probably spelt correctly.
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