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Old 14 April 2014, 04:09   #1
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Offset console on sea rider 5.4m

Hi all

Our sea scouts are starting the process of looking for a rib - and the forerunner at this time is a 5.4m sea rider as we think it offers us a balance between the roles that we will be looking for. Not sure yet whether we will look to refurb ourselves or buy ready to use.

Looking at various picture examples it seems that on a number of the ex MOD ones the console appears to be offset to one side - is there a reason for this and and is it a good or bad thing?

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Old 14 April 2014, 04:42   #2
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Due to the torque effect off the prop by transferring some weight off centre of the boat it stops it going round in circles!
I used to get the same effect flying Paramotors you had to try and weight shift to one side
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Old 14 April 2014, 04:45   #3
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When I did my rib course the most common answer from people was it's where you lay down a causality lol....
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Offset console

I have heard two theories why Avon offset the consoles to the starboard.

It leaves just enough room on the port side for a casualty to lie down.
It is done to counteract the torque of the outboard.

Perhaps it is a combination of both.

Either way it doesn't seem to have an adverse affect to the handling.

I rebuilt mine and offset a heavy wider than normal console with roughly the same offset and it feels just right.
It leaves me enough room to walk around to the bow and all the cables, fuel lines and trunking run down the starboard side neatly out of the way.

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And I see two others have beaten me to the same reply!
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Old 14 April 2014, 14:03   #5
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Cheers folks - appreciate the info.

Off to raise some money and then we will see what we can do!

Rich


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