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Old 06 September 2007, 18:11   #21
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Old 07 September 2007, 04:26   #22
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A slightly sneaking extra question.
Do they generally have LH steering wheels on "the continent"?
Is this RH drive thing a UK thing?

Well actually thats two questions!
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Old 07 September 2007, 07:50   #23
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Right Hand Drive

I looked into this recently, as I have set my boat up for right hand drive. All the outboard suppliers seem tohave standardised, for single engine surface mount throttle controls, on left hand drive, ie the wheel on the port side of the craft. My theory is that this is due to the (huge) market in the USA. Does this mean that we are all sitting to starboard because thats the way we drive our cars
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Old 07 September 2007, 10:17   #24
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Does it necessarily matter if it's the 'weak' hand? I have as much control with my left as my right as long as I don't have to write with it
Really? If you were to, say, start a nut on a stud, or put a cotter pin through a bolt, which hand would you naturally use (assuming you could easily reach with either)?

With me, it's the right hand, unless it's tied up doing something else, or blocked out from access.

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Having swapped from a righthand to a lefthooker I find it equally easy to control the throttle with my left hand (I'm generally right handed) but I still find myself steering predominantly with my left hand when not using the throttle and it's taken an age to become automatic at grabbing the throttle with my left hand when it's needed in a hurry. I think it has more to do with which hand (foot, side) you first learned the skills than it has to do with the strength of your body parts. So, beware of change.
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Really? If you were to, say, start a nut on a stud, or put a cotter pin through a bolt, which hand would you naturally use (assuming you could easily reach with either)?

With me, it's the right hand, unless it's tied up doing something else, or blocked out from access.

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I've used throttles on bith sides and find that I prefer it on my left. I like the strength of the right hand to steer.
I spent a few years driving left hand drive vehicles and never had a problem with that. Even driving left and right handed cars on the same day didn't present a problem. Except for overtaking, that could be scarey.
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I prefer the throttle in my right hand as the trim and tilt can be operated with with thumb.
My Dads boats is LHD but the throttles are on the right. It is an Aquabell though!

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Most photographs of ribs I have seen have been right-hand drive. In other words the steering wheel has been on the right, and the throttle control on the left of it.
Not over here. Our throttles are on the right side of the console.
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