Originally Posted by codprawn
"Most boats with console mount throttles have them in the middle and the steering wheel on the right - hence left hand throttle."
Is EXACTLY what I said - notice the words - "with console mount" - I did NOT say most boats HAVE a console mounted throttle!!! Of course it's not going to be the case with Yank boats but as most people in the UK have cars with the steering wheel on the right they tend to have boats the same.
It was NOT meant as an inflammatory post so what the hell are you getting so worked up for???
From what I can see, on most small applications the throttle is fitted on either side of the console -its entirely personal choice which side you have it.
With Hydraulic steering, it does not matter which hand you have on the wheel, and often in rough weather as JW put, you often need more control over the throttle than the steering.
On larger applications dash mounted throttles are often fitted to the drivers left. I always thought the main purpose of these was to offer more control, but also to move the throttle from the side of the console where it could be knocked by a passenger, potentially dangerous with 200HP.
However on smaller boats with over 90HP without hydraulic steering, i have found the steering to be a handful if not no-feedback type, in this case I was glad it waas my right hand on the wheel.