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Old 17 January 2005, 14:42   #11
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whats best single width console or double???????
Ah come on Lee, surely you know the answer to that !

Did you get my email I sent in reply to your PM?

Only problem with using a double width console with a single jockey is that you need a surface mount throttle, and it might also look a bit odd?

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Only problem with using a double width console with a single jockey is that you need a surface mount throttle, and it might also look a bit odd?

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Don't see using a surface mount box as a problem. Infact I found it easier for routing the cables under the deck (and yours will be routed under the deck won't they!!?! ) as they were already inside the console. This also helps to protect the cables as external control boxes are not waterproof. Also the increased space means you can spread your guages and gadgets around for a more pleasing and easier to use layout.
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Tim,
i know you like the single width console but just testin the popularity

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i think im starting to warm to the jockey in the central position for my self but when taking family and friends out is it un-social?? and just a little worried that its not using the deck space to the max??

just thinking this might be a good debate to hae a vote on?? i think im no clearer in my head what i want to go for.
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Just building my new rib and been working on hull designs and getting a good allround rib that the interior has just been forgot about. i was hopeing people could advise on deck layout (whats best and why) it is a 6m and will be used by me mainly (wanting to go fast) and family every other week (in sunny season).
In your case I would have a side by side console with two single seat pods, plus a wrap round bench seat behind, and a seat on the front of the console for family use in calm conditions.

Side by side seating shouldn't be a big deal when you're on your own, and it's much more sociable when you've got company.

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Old 17 January 2005, 19:09   #15
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side bt side

is also very good for training , letting people drive your boat. if you do go for side by side make sure the throttle is centre console or in the region of
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any way to make a bench seat more useful in the rough...

This is all very interesting...

I have a central 2 man jockey moulded into my console and a bench seat behind it.

one of the limitations of my rib is that in the rough stuff, the bench seat is a bloody liability so effective seating is down to two people...

so i have been considering changing it for two more jockeys but am struggling to find the room... its only a 5.05m - then i see you guys recommending a rear bench seat - so my question is - is there a way to make a bench seat into a more useable piece of kit to make it comfortable during the rough stuff?
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make sure the throttle is centre console or in the region of
After some agonising () we like the idea of a throttle set on the right side of the console because of WOT considerations, seating position and clearing the console for other kit.

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so i have been considering changing it for two more jockeys but am struggling to find the room... its only a 5.05m - then i see you guys recommending a rear bench seat - so my question is - is there a way to make a bench seat into a more useable piece of kit to make it comfortable during the rough stuff?
For an out-and-out offshore cruising boat I would still go for jockey pods, but a good bench seat is more family friendly, and still usable. The critical things is that it should give some lateral support -- a "two person bucket seat" would be a better description really.

K4+ make a good one which they use in their RIBS. They also sell them on their own for a very reasonable price: http://www.k4plus.com/shop.asp?catid=3

There are bound to be others around too. I've seen at least one Ribcraft fitted with one.

If it gets really rough then they will get uncomfortable, but if you have decent grab rails on the back of the front seats then the rear passengers can stand up relatively securely.

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After some agonising () we like the idea of a throttle set on the right side of the console because of WOT considerations, seating position and clearing the console for other kit.
I'm with you on this one. Keeps it out of the reach of the passengers too!

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I'm all for the double console except in rough conditions and you need to get up to the bow.

The problem generally.....(I'm not saying this is so on the bigger ribs) is that because of the width of the console there is either no foot room to get past the console, or very little meaning you have to balance on the tubes.

Fine if your a mountain goat, but try doing that in 2-3ft waves when your on your own and the boat shifts round whilst your at the front and then trying to keep your balance when the waves are hitting you beam on.

Admittedly it doesn't happen often, but I've had to do it often enough and with a single jockey there's plenty of room to move back and forwards.

Another plus is when your mooring up on your own it makes jumping on and off from the helm position much easier. Also recovery of diving kit from two or three divers all on one side makes movement and storage of kit easier and quicker (especially when hovering over a breaking reef).

But!!! If your a fair weather traveller, you will be accompanied most of the time and your just gonna be cruising then I'd go for the full width double console as all of the above is taken out of the equation if you have a willing and able "deck hand" with you!!
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Don't see using a surface mount box as a problem.
Just re-read my post. It does seem a little negative without an explanation! I was thinking along the lines of if you have an outboard that comes with a (perfectly good) control box, then you would have to shell out more money to get a surface mount control box and all the bits to go with it like starter key and kill cord stuff etc. I considered getting a surface mount for the Tohatsu I bought but I was told its better just to get a dedicated tohatsu control box to save the hassle of all the wiring (which I have no idea about!)

With a side mount, you also have more room for electronics, but then with a surface mount, you would have a double width anyway!

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