Originally Posted by Bigmuz7
and it was due to the Verado controls IIRC and where the trim switch is on the thumb
depending on your ' handidness'
Ok I remember now .. the top mount Verado throttle only came in one style at the time and only one direction operation and couldnt be reversed (might have changed now) ... so it meant that if the helm was on the right .. you would have to use your little finger to operate the trim,(as it would still be in the middle) which I didnt fancy doing so the helm had to be on the port side,.. and there wasnt enough space to put the throttle on the right, and fit everything else on the console
I didnt really like it though, because at 16 odd stone , I was usually heavier than my crew/buddy and what with the torque, the boat always canted to port, unless I found a little magic spot on the trim, but it was easier to run with ballast as changing sea conditions meant you would loose the sweet spot as soon as you found it.
The problem is really that as the helmsman you cannot move, your crew you can try to distribute, but if they wernt big enough
you were still stuck with the problem
On balance I probably wouldn't get a left handed helm again because of that experience, and most particularly, where its a great big single. I was ready to go down the trim tab route to correct it, it was so bad, IIRC some of the D section on the tube started to come adrift due to the pounding the port tube was taking at the stern.. the engine had the correct off set too.