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Old 05 November 2019, 05:54   #1
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Foot throttle with shock mitigation Seat

I need advice and feel sure this forum will have all the expertise! I am upgrading my Avon Deluxe for longer adventures. I would much prefer a foot throttle and with the Deluxe seating position this should work well, I will be putting in the now out of date seats from my rally car and would also like shockwave s5 shock mitigation system.
Will this work? As the seat goes up and down will it be tricky to maintain the correct throttle or will I have to fabricate a leg out from the top of the shock platform and have the foot throttle attached to that so that it goes up and down with the seat? Iíd rather not have to do this unless necessary! Any thoughts would be much appreciated... Click image for larger version

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Old 05 November 2019, 07:40   #2
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Do you really want a foot throttle for longer trips....?
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Some of the UK based offshore race boats use the Shockwave S2 suspension unit fitted with Cobra (or similar) seats. This unit works well with an independent foot throttle such as N-Control. https://www.cpperformance.com/c-834-foot-throttles.aspx
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Thanks for your replies, if it works with the S2 it should work with S5! The throttle Iíve gone for is Sjoberg which allows you to keep hand throttle and choose which to use... best of both hopefully 😀 Will report how it works out
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Do you really want a foot throttle for longer trips....?


Personally couldnít think of anything worse.
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My initial thoughts were along the lines of PD and LT but as the OP suggests you can choose to either use a hand throttle or the foot throttle, then you do overcome the apparent disadvantages.

I've never used a foot throttle (on a boat) but if I was doing so, I can just imagine myself trying to hit the brake when my arriving alongside starts to go wrong.
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My initial thoughts were along the lines of PD and LT but as the OP suggests you can choose to either use a hand throttle or the foot throttle, then you do overcome the apparent disadvantages.

I've never used a foot throttle (on a boat) but if I was doing so, I can just imagine myself trying to hit the brake when my arriving alongside starts to go wrong.


Iím assuming that a foot throttle would be spring loaded, so as soon as your foot comes off (or slips) the power also comes of just as suddenly, or am I missing summat?
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Iím assuming that a foot throttle would be spring loaded, so as soon as your foot comes off (or slips) the power also comes of just as suddenly, or am I missing summat?


Thatís how mine have all worked
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With a Ring or Phantom they can’t be driven properly without a foot throttle. Ribs are not really in the same league... stick to the control box.
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It may weíll be the case that my little Avon doesnít need a foot throttle but I certainly preferred it in other small light boats Ive driven. The hand throttle is necessarily poorly located in the Avon Deluxe so I hoped a foot throttle would help when trying to keep with bigger faster boats in a chop! I will try and report back...
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I have a foot throttle with bucket suspension seats. It works just fine. My heel of foot never seems to move so I always have a reference.

Driving an average boat the foot throttle probably isn’t essential and a little bit more thought has to be given to shifting. If you’re putting a boat on trailer or handling in marina you have to shift then throttle. It’s a two step process. Rivers are not as relaxing neither.

If your in a high performance boat, a foot throttle is a very useful tool. Running +60mph it gives you impeccable control to stop the boat barking when out the water. Equally if you wanna drive hard it is so much quicker response than the average hand throttle.

My throttle has the option of a hand and foot throttle but I found it too stiff. Consideration for cable runs and the fact most foot throttles need a standard 33c cable may mean you need an adaptor at engine end
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Personally couldn’t think of anything worse.
Me neither...
Begs the question What advantages over the normal (tried and tested) small RIB set up you think you'd get?
On BIG Power/Speed competitive Offshore boats that have MUCH more RECLINED and laid back seating arrangement they obviously have a place (or they wouldn't use them)...on a very SMALL flighty and Bouncy RIB seated in a much more upright position ...where most of your stability comes through bracing your legs (and FEET!) on a pitching rolling-sometimes slamming deck. Nah
I just can't see it working...not for long anyway!
I think you may well find out it would be dangerous in a heavy confused Sea.
A modification/innovation should make life easier...not SHORTER!
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I suppose driving a sr4 in a laid back seat on the edge at 30-40mph in even mild chop could be as exciting and demanding as my 8m rib at 70mph!

The foot throttle offers faster response for fettling throttle with out a doubt. Downside is close quarters and rivers.

A hot foot throttle is so inexpensive it wouldn’t be a massive loss of investment if it doesn’t work.
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