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Old 28 February 2015, 15:19   #21
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Also funny to see when your console is offset: Laying the boat without anyone on board, the boat "leans" to starboardside. But when I am sitting in place the boat is straight. And yes it also balances the proptorque.

Wahaha made a loud laugh about the "Scubanut" !! Never heard that one before.. :-D
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Old 28 February 2015, 15:26   #22
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Wahaha made a luad laugh about the Scubanut !! Never heard that one before.. :-D
Yeah, easy mistake - we have one one here: RIBnet Forums - View Profile: Johnscubanut
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Old 28 February 2015, 15:44   #23
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One advantage of the tubes resting on the water always sits level
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Helm-which side?

Agree re weight being on s'board side to counter prop torque if running a single.

Though also agree with comments on the lever and the trim button. Ours is on the port side of the lever and we sit starboard side, which is a bit of a pita, but you do get used to using ring finger or pinky of left hand. I'd rather use thumb though.

I'd also never spec a boat without a lock at neutral. Just dangerous.
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A major consideration is also balance of the boat, if you are planning on regular use with a single person then it would be best to keep the helm Starboard to offset Prop Torque.
I'm not so sure helm position is a major consideration on the handling of a boat. Engine offset plays a much bigger part in eliminating prop torque/steer than anything else. Careful layout of the Batteries, oil tank and other bits of kit help to fine tune the balance if your RIB is still twitchy.
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Old 01 March 2015, 08:31   #26
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One advantage of the tubes resting on the water always sits level
+1 for tubes on the water no movement no list very forgiving
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I'm not so sure helm position is a major consideration on the handling of a boat. Engine offset plays a much bigger part in eliminating prop torque/steer than anything else. Careful layout of the Batteries, oil tank and other bits of kit help to fine tune the balance if your RIB is still twitchy.
Depends on how many pies you eat
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There are more on the starboard side, it doesn't make much difference what side you put the helm as long as the boat is balanced, used to be put on the starboard to counter prop torque, paddle effect from standard outboard motors, you have to consider where you will site the other heavy item, batteries, tanks, etc


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Here in the USA most every recreational boat has the helm on the starboard side with the throttle controlled by the right hand.

Even my Nautique that was a left handed prop had the helm on the starboard side.
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