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Old 13 December 2013, 14:58   #1
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helm layout?

I am at the point where I need to install steering and throttle. I have a blank slate and was wondering if there were any tips, hints, or suggestions to make life better/easier/more comfortable. I have a blank-ish slate but not a good picture, you can see it here, original setup had helm in the center and diesel throttle on the right. electronics in the box, VHF radio and switch panel on either side of the helm. I wanted to get everything in the electronics box but it's not going to fit I think although I haven't looked again since deciding to go with individual switches instead of a pre-fab panel.

Should I just center the steering wheel or try to move it to one side or another? Only reason I can think to do that is to give a little more space on the future leaning post to a passenger. Also at 300+lbs I tend to balance the boat out nicely

Nothing specific just looking a a blank canvas and scratching my head. Any or all ideas welcome.


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Old 13 December 2013, 18:30   #2
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Make sure that the throttle, wheel, & seat backrest are all positioned so that you can stand, drive & rest your ar5e without having to bend or look down to reach aforementioned controls. Otherwise you end up with sore back, neck & knees.
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Old 14 December 2013, 01:58   #3
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With the Cummins in my Willard and a left hand rotating prop, I need to put passengers and/or myself to the port side in order to balance things out (though it's only really noticeable at displacement speeds). You'll be spinning a smaller prop which will be right hand. If you do offset it I'd put it to the right a bit.
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