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Old 29 July 2004, 14:05   #1
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New console arrived

today . Had a quick play around and after a bit of juggling with various instruments I have come up with this. The gauges will all be in a line not a pyramid like the text and I haven't decided wether to have 1 large hatch or 2. The switches will be 2 x 4 way waterproof panels.
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Old 29 July 2004, 14:24   #2
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Looking good, I would keep the speedo and tach central as these are the ones you are going to be looking at the most. Maybe bring the gps more central so you can keep an eye on it when navigating but keep it away from the compass.
Do you prefer your engine controls to be left handed? Mine are on the right hand side of my console which I have got used to but when I did my RYA 2 they recommended you keep one hand on the throttle all the time. I am right handed so when going into or coming out of a corner I sometimes need both hads on the wheel, does anybody else have any opinions on this? You however, may be left handed

Good luck, I have always wanted to set up a boat to my exact spec -I hope you get your 'ideal' boat at the end.
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Old 29 July 2004, 15:07   #3
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I drive so many different types of boat it makes no real difference to me which side the controls are. I have chosen the left because it is a bit more car like (steering right gear stick left). Also I am right handed so should I have to change display on GPS or VHF controls while going I can use my right hand. I have always felt more "in control" when I have a hand on each control anyway and was told the same as you on my L2 course. Plus that boat had the control on the left and it felt more comfortable than on the right like most sports boats.
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Old 29 July 2004, 15:19   #4
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I drive so many different types of boat it makes no real difference to me which side the controls are. I have chosen the left because it is a bit more car like (steering right gear stick left).
The controls on our sailing club Raider are on the left and I find that a bit easier and when I get on mine to drive it of a pontoon or something i am fumbling around for the controls With reference to car like controls I am only just old enough to drive and I ve only had a couple of lessons, the instructor says I go too fast round corners Next time I will try and get air rib style when I find a speed bump
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Old 29 July 2004, 15:56   #5
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For what it's worth:

I find it easier on the right my self, being right handed....

I too have only been driving a short time (failed one test already!) and find changing gear on the instructors car (Yaris) quite diffecult with my left hand.
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My instructors got a 1.2 clio and I find changing gear a bit difficult, I went from 4th to 3rd trying to get 5th. the engine accelerated and the rev counter flew up like a bloody optimax! It will be a while till I take my test. All my mates are buying alloys for their cars, my first mod will be a tow bar!

Good luck next time with the test.

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Hi Looking good, however do consider the Magnet in the VHF speaker and Mike, this will interfere with the compass!!

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Taking a test around here (Norfolk) is somewhat of a joke, in fact, there was an article in todays paper about it. The current waiting time is 17 weeks. I got away lightly with a 16 week wait for my next test. Failed the last one end of June, rebooked the next day, and my next one is on October 27th!!!!
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Safe distances on most GPS and radio units for compasses is about 1.5 metres! just thought I would mention it.

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Yeah The compass is gonna be suwounded by wires withe current running through them and will deviate
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