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Old 19 April 2006, 14:37   #1
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Hi All

This may be considered a stupid question , so please excuse me, but it's bothering me.

I am about to start positioning items in may new console i.e. starting from scratch with regards to the positions of the surface mounted throttle, teleflex steering assembly, ignition/choke/killcord panel, gauges, etc.

I have a twin jockey seat centred on the new console, and after doing my Level 2 RYA, being taught it is good practise to have one hand on throttle and other on steering wheel, has anyone ever seen the steering wheel off centre from the console/seat centre line, i.e. with left hand throttle control and right hand on wheel, moving the wheel to the right on the console, even if its over 2 to 4 inches only, has anyone seen this done? Has anyone considered doing this? Or am I just getting a bit daft ?

Any views would be appreciated.

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Old 19 April 2006, 15:19   #2
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I wondered about moving stuff around as well, because it isn't comfortable to have your hand on the throttle on mine as it is too high and too far away and you get a numb arm! But in mine it would leave holes everywhere which would look cr&p...
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Old 19 April 2006, 15:25   #3
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I wondered about moving stuff around as well, because it isn't comfortable to have your hand on the throttle on mine as it is too high and too far away and you get a numb arm! But in mine it would leave holes everywhere which would look cr&p...
After using resin, and fibre glass on my console project, I have learnt that you you could cover just about anything with this stuff and then spray paint to coat possibly.

Is your throttle to high due to not enough space given over by the steering wheel?
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Old 19 April 2006, 15:34   #4
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I spent a lot of time considering where everything would go to be in the optimal position, and it has paid off as everything is perfectly placed for me and it is very comfortable. I would suggest practicing where you feel items should be placed and try for comfort and do what feels natural and safe. Taking time to do this will pay dividends as i have observed where some companies fit out and rig and it makes you wonder if they have ever driven a boat at sea etc. I have a pic of my console on my build thread if that helps. Good luck...
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Old 19 April 2006, 15:36   #5
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My experience. Don't put your electronics switches where a knee can knock them. Have nealry had heart attacks in the rough on this one.

Don't put a speaker close to the compass

Offset the wheel to the right, and give yourself loads of space around the throttle. You may need it.

Position GPS where your navigator can see it, and it does not bloick your vision.

Think about night vision damage from bright dials.
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Old 19 April 2006, 15:47   #6
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I gave a lot of thought to the position of throttle .My strongest arm is right so therefore seemed sensible to steer with ,and throttle with the left it works great even though several instructors felt this was wrong
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Old 19 April 2006, 16:06   #7
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that's a good question and now I remember the Avon Searider 4.7 (Damn I loved that boat) would sometimes catch my fingers between the wheel and the stick.

Also the Seariders console is offset anyway, dunno if yours is so I don't think it matters if the wheel itself is centred on the console
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Old 19 April 2006, 16:26   #8
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After using resin, and fibre glass on my console project, I have learnt that you you could cover just about anything with this stuff and then spray paint to coat possibly.

Is your throttle to high due to not enough space given over by the steering wheel?

It isn't a big deal it just isn't comfortable to keep your hand on all the time.

I think it is probably where it is due to the shape of the console. It might actually be possible to move it, I must admit I am still at the "yeeha" stage of ownership so not really worrying about nit-picking and tweaking yet, I've got all winter to do that
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Old 19 April 2006, 16:31   #9
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you can put it ware you want as long as it all works, hears one i did,
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This is a useful wee fella. He's designed to the 95th percentile which just means he represents the proportions of 95% of the population. I don't think they took tummies into account.....

I know he looks like a silly toy but he's a genuine design tool. Cut him out and give him a chance. He's about the size of an A4 sheet top to bottom when assembled, which makes him about 1/6th scale.
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