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Old 20 November 2005, 04:34   #31
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Got mine on the right, only because the dam thing's so stiff I couldn't move it with my left.
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Old 20 November 2005, 05:21   #32
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As this is my first console fit-out, I have one nagging Question,

Even though the console has a completely glassed in base I presume there could be some water ingress during washing down or even god forbid a capsize etc.

Is it a good idea to drill a couple of drain holes in the back of the console at deck level or even fit one of those small self drainers?

Your thoughts as usual are welcome.
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I have a cheaper option than drain plugs. I would drill a couple of holes though the deck inside of the console to allow any water to gather in the bilge where your pump can drain it.

Doesn't the control gear go though the deck? Wouldn't it just drain though there?
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Old 20 November 2005, 06:57   #34
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Is it a good idea to drill a couple of drain holes in the back of the console at deck level or even fit one of those small self drainers? Your thoughts as usual are welcome.
Yes good idea especially if you can block them up with a bung. One thought, were are your fuel tanks ? inside the console ? so petrol vapour is heavier than air so it will sink down into the console perhaps / so how are you going to get it out, or just wait until you turn the battery master switch on one day ? so some low down bungs left out during storage could be a good idea.

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Old 20 November 2005, 08:58   #36
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Re-read your post! A statement of fact that most boats have centre mounted throttle is the load of twaddle - you are a master at making unbelievable statements and then when challenged conveniently change what you previously said - you are probably correct though with your description of yourself.
"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???
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"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.

All IMHO!!!

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It was NOT meant as an inflammatory post so what the hell are you getting so worked up for???
I'm not getting worked up, just getting totally exhausted by someone who has been into ribs for five and a half minutes and regurgitates drivel more often than not! Take delivery of your Pro-sport, spend a couple of years actually being out on the water instead of cyber-land and then possibly impart your 'wealth' of knowledge - IMHO

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I have a double width console with side by side jockey seats, and changed from a side mounted lever to the right of the helm to a top mounted lever in the middle of the console.

Partly because I find it more comfortable to have my Right hand on the wheel and Left hand on the lever, and partly because I let my kids drive a lot and sometimes friends that are not experianced with boats. The centre mounted lever allows me to sit on the passenger jockey, yet still have access to the lever instantly if required to help out.

I think all consoles should have a one way drain, as rain water if nothing else will always find its way in.
I've also lined mine with thick open pattern rubber doormats, cut to shape and glued into one large mat. This allows a small amount of water to get in and stay under the matting whist your gear is raised above the floor level by 1/2 an inch.

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I'm not getting worked up, just getting totally exhausted by someone who has been into ribs for five and a half minutes and regurgitates drivel more often than not! Take delivery of your Pro-sport, spend a couple of years actually being out on the water instead of cyber-land and then possibly impart your 'wealth' of knowledge - IMHO

Happy Ribbing now!

Drivel? It is NOT my fault you can't READ properly!!! You accuse me of things i didn't even say!!!

Just because I have never had a RIB before does NOT mean I have no experience of boats or the sea!!!
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