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Old 18 January 2005, 12:02   #21
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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.
If you have single POD seats with wide back rests (which I do) this gives you the same problem going astern !!
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Old 18 January 2005, 14:07   #22
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Iím all for the double console except in rough conditions and you need to get up to the bow.
The problem generally..... ....balance on the tubes.

... try doing that in 2-3ft waves .... ....when the waves are hitting you beam on.

Another plus is when your mooring up on your own it makes jumping on and off from the helm position much easier.
A good solution for all this (IMHO, of course) is to have your A frame over the consol. It also gives a good hand hold for embarking/disembarking to either the front or the rear, it provides a good hold for moving past the consol, it puts your nav lights forward of you so they donít illuminate the boat/consol at night and ruin your night eyes, the nav lights can be mounted more legally, if you use a radar it is less likely to fry your brain, if the need arises you can mount some degree of shelter from it, it can be used as part of a very strong screen mounting, as the only person on board you can very easily clip a mooring line from it onto a ladder or a cleat..... There are lots of good reasons. Iím sure you get my drift.

Before anyone suggests it doesnít look so cool.....pish to that.

A centrally mounted throttle is a no-no for me. Too much risk of accidental activation.
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Old 18 January 2005, 15:33   #23
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A centrally mounted throttle is a no-no for me. Too much risk of accidental activation.
It depends what you are gonna use the boat for!. I think it's essential when you are training newbies e it's no fun standing alongside the console on a boat trying to hang on to thin air. Even if the boat isn't going to be used for training you need access to the throttle when other family members might be allowed a spin
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I now wish I'd had four singles rather than a double. The reason is that if you have three people on board then either perched at the front or back of a double on your own is very hard to hold onto if your flooring it through a bit of rough stuff.

For me, I needed deck space so the space saved by the double pods was worth it, but if I was purely cruising then I'd have to go single pods. In fact in a few years time I may change the doubles for singles anyway.....but need to re-coup some pennies first!
Why not go for double jockeys with a centre back rest in addition to the rear back rest and a forward handle - space is saved over two singles and there is plenty for everyone to hold onto.
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It depends what you are gonna use the boat for!. I think it's essential when you are training newbies...

Stu, why not go for a twin throttle setup, a bit like dual controls on a car?
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A centrally mounted throttle is a no-no for me. Too much risk of accidental activation.
A side mounted throttle is a no-no for me. Too much risk of accidental activation (from someone moving past the console) Like Stu, I also like the ability to control the boat speed from the passenger seat.
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Old 19 January 2005, 03:45   #27
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I'm all for the double console except in rough conditions and you need to get up to the bow.
So long as you have some decent grab handles this shouldn't be a major problem. I am slightly taller than average though, which probably makes it easier for me!
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Another plus is when your mooring up on your own it makes jumping on and off from the helm position much easier.
You shouldn't be jumping anywhere! Once you have come alongside, you shouldn't need to go forward of the console to get ashore.

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Old 19 January 2005, 04:44   #28
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Why not go for double jockeys with a centre back rest in addition to the rear back rest and a forward handle - space is saved over two singles and there is plenty for everyone to hold onto.
And just how are you proposing I open my seats for storage?!

I've been racking my brains on this one for a few days now trying to think of a pretty way of acheiving this and the best I can come up with is detachable center back rests that clip in (like tent poles fit together).

Anbody have any idea who might be able to make these and the brackets up for me!?
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So long as you have some decent grab handles this shouldn't be a major problem. I am slightly taller than average though, which probably makes it easier for me! You shouldn't be jumping anywhere! Once you have come alongside, you shouldn't need to go forward of the console to get ashore.

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1.) John your obviously a gazzelle!
2.) I like jumping it makes me look like I know what I'm doing with a tad of the dare devil instinct!
3.) I have an "U" shaped mooring so can quite happily go off the front! (ha ha)

Honestly....I've owned too many hard boats where jumping off early to fend off in a swell even with big fenders can still cause a bump or two, or even take the strake off!

Now that I have one big fender with an outboard on the back it's sooo much easier!
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And just how are you proposing I open my seats for storage?!
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1.) John your obviously a gazzelle!
Yeah, people often say that about me!

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