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Old 10 March 2007, 06:39   #1
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Anybody ever fitted a foot throtle to a rib??

Just wondered if anybody had ever fitted a foot throtle to a rib?? I know in rough conditions it can be hard enough with a hand throtle but have seen them advertised before and thought mmmmmmm???
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They don't seem to be common in ribs but talk to cookie! The bananashark ribs I have seen have been fitted with them. Must be great fun.

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Must be great fun.
They are!

I would definitely go for a foot throttle on any fast powerboat with bucket seats, RIBs included. It gives you great control with both hands on the wheel.

Bit of a non starter with jockey seats though . . .

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That would be interesting for Verado owners, their response is instant, and would be easy to fit as they are fly by wire, but something worries me at the unpredictable mix of bouncing on waves, and sudden take off ...... hang about....... yeehaaaaaaaaa
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but something worries me at the unpredictable mix of bouncing on waves, and sudden take off ......
That's much less likely securely seated in a bucket seat using a foor throttle, than trying to stay balanced holding the wheel with one hand and the throttle with the other!

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That's much less likely securely seated in a bucket seat using a foor throttle, than trying to stay balanced holding the wheel with one hand and the throttle with the other!

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Yeah, superb with ya bum on the floor and wedged into a race seat. Hopeless stood or braced on a jockey. The other obvious benefit with a foot throttle is that it has a sprung return.
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I ve got one on my Ring speed boat and it works well, enabling to make corrections to the throttle and steering at the same time. The boat has bucket seats so its the ideal driving positon.
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That would be interesting for Verado owners, their response is instant, and would be easy to fit as they are fly by wire, but something worries me at the unpredictable mix of bouncing on waves, and sudden take off ...... hang about....... yeehaaaaaaaaa
Yes we fit them to our RIBs - the Verado one is a plug and play fly by wire one and works as well as you would expect - it was on last year's demonstrator which is sold but is kindly being loaned back to us for Ribex. We fit "InControl" foot throttles to the engines with mechanical systems as they do a really good system for retaining the hand throttle as well for calm and / or slower days when you don't want to use the foot throttle.

As I came from a racing background I am used to them, but we have demonstrated our boats to quite a few first time RIB and even first time boat drivers, and they all comment on how natural it is to drive a boat like this. With both hands on the wheel you have more control over the boat and it is easier to hold yourself in position when it's really rough as well! We fit an indicator style trim lever as well which means that you only need to extend one finger to alter the trim - all this means safer more in control boating!

The photo shows the foot throttle, the trim control lever, the removeable steering wheel and the Gaffrig "race" controls, as well as the Carling switchgear system and the Mercury SC5000 Smartcraft display.
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but we have demonstrated our boats to quite a few first time RIB and even first time boat drivers, and they all comment on how natural it is to drive a boat like this.
Go on then tell us how many look for the brake pedal too...
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Go on then tell us how many look for the brake pedal too...
Good question! No-one has ever admitted to it ................. yet!
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