Assuming that I can have a back-up engine on my boat (there are also trim tabs to negotiate), it occurs to me that the gears in particular will be difficult to reach.
Does anyone on RIBnet have gears fitted (and perhaps even the throttle linkage) a la yacht-style, i.e. small levers tucked away somewhere either near the back of the boat or alongside the main engine controls?
I appreciate that this is not likely to be common but there must be a better way than hanging over the back of the boat (which will have a rear bench seat and o/b well) to change gear. In fact, I quite like the idea of using a small 4-stroke for much of the slow-speed driving but I would aim to run up the main engine in good time to warm it up before opening up the throttle.
One obvious benefit of this is that if I do have to use the back-up on account of main engine failure, it should start first time and be very reliable.
on these ideas would be most welcome.