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Old 02 October 2011, 04:40   #1
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Throttole controls: left or right.

So do you like yours on the left or right of your console.

I like mine to the right.
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Old 02 October 2011, 05:11   #2
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Left side on both my boats. More because I prefer to steer mainly with my right hand which I suppose comes from driving a RHD vehicle.
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Old 02 October 2011, 06:17   #3
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I used to prefer it on the right side. On my SR 5.4 it is left. In the beginning it bothered , not any more. If i make a new consol(its too low on the navy speck model IMHO) might swap it to the right but not sure is it really better.
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Right for me. Just feels more comfortable.
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For years I drove boats with right hand throttles, and so this felt 'right' for me. Then for a couple of reasons I have gone for a left hand control on my current boat. It took a little time, but I am now comfortable with it.
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OK here is my 2p's worth.

I prefer left hand controls because:
I am right-handed and my throttle is on the RH.
When in rough water, I tend to think that speed (or slow-ness!!) is more important than steerage.
I therefore want to put control of the throttle in my "best" hand, leaving the steering wheel to my "worst" hand.
For completeness, I always drive with my RH firmly on the throttle anyway, taking my LH off the steering-wheel sometimes for seconds at a time.
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Brian, you just contradicted yourself...
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Brian, you just contradicted yourself...
Yes - he's using the latest FIBnet App. It automatically contradicts one's own post, sparing the rest of the Members the effort of doing so.

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I like right side, my SR 5.4 has the off centre console "to the right" it means theres less space on the right, just how I like it.
Driving club safety boats in the past you always get some numpty who tries to squeeze pass the throttle side of the console, ive once had someone catch my controls when moving to a marker.
Theres loads of space on my left and its safe.
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Brian, you just contradicted yourself...
Sorry ! When I read that I assumed Maxhar was talking about ALL controls. But he wasnt-he was talking about throttle only. Sorry again folks-must remember to read more carefully in future.
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I'm used to left hand side, I also prefer to use tiller control with my left.

The advantage of left had throttle is is allows the right to be used for other things, steering, radio, flags, camera etc.

It also means that should I need to power down quickly the hand required won't be doing anything other throttle as it won't be steering, radio, flags, camera etc..
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I will have mine always on the right preferably .. that way I use my thumb for the trim and is much more accurate.

Any port side installations Ive used had the trim on the LHS of the control and meant I had to use the little fingers to do that job which is a hinderance.

Ive found that sometimes in big sea at speed .. quick trim adjustment is important whilst moving the trottle and I always found this easier to do more accurately with my right hand, although I am ambidextrous .. its my brain that isnt
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I will have mine always on the right preferably .. that way I use my thumb for the trim and is much more accurate.

Any port side installations Ive used had the trim on the LHS of the control and meant I had to use the little fingers to do that job which is a hinderance.

Ive found that sometimes in big sea at speed .. quick trim adjustment is important whilst moving the trottle and I always found this easier to do more accurately with my right hand, although I am ambidextrous .. its my brain that isnt
I've read this three times, written two replies and I'm gonna ignore it once
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Throttle on the right.

'cos when you're launching the boat, after getting out of the car, you don't have to cross over to the other side of the boat to start the engine, open the throttle, etc.



Assuming you have a RHD car.
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Throttle on the right.

'cos when you're launching the boat, after getting out of the car, you don't have to cross over to the other side of the boat to start the engine, open the throttle, etc.

Assuming you have a RHD car.


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'cos when you're launching the boat, after getting out of the car, you don't have to cross over to the other side of the boat to start the engine, open the throttle, etc.

Assuming you have a RHD car.
Ummm... Don't you still have to get in the boat and center yourself behind the wheel?

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I will have mine always on the right preferably .. that way I use my thumb for the trim and is much more accurate.

Any port side installations Ive used had the trim on the LHS of the control and meant I had to use the little fingers to do that job which is a hinderance.
???? I assume you have an "aftermarket" console mount throttle? If you swap the Lever on a 703 (or any other "standard" remotes box) Form LH to RH operation the switch will always be on the outside, so you just change from left to right pinkie?
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Old 03 October 2011, 06:58   #18
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Ummm... Don't you still have to get in the boat and center yourself behind the wheel?

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Not until after the boat engine is running, the boat off the trailer and the car/trailer parked off the slipway.

From that point, there's no difference.

I notice a tendency with some boat builders to rig the controls on the port-hand side of the jockey console and I assume this is to save time spent reversing the handle on the control box, which is supplied in this configuration.
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Mines on the left.
And Inever start it up while its on the trailer. like to get it in the water first.
make sure it still floats :-)
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Not until after the boat engine is running, the boat off the trailer and the car/trailer parked off the slipway.

From that point, there's no difference.

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'cos when you're launching the boat, after getting out of the car, you don't have to cross over to the other side of the boat to start the engine, open the throttle, etc.
So you're starting and revving prior to removing the boat from the trailer without getting into the boat? Is the boat deep enough to get water to the leg? If so, how do keep yourself from having to wade in? If not, don't you worry about your impeller? Or are you doing this from the pier? (I wouldn't do that, as too much risk of someone deciding to go for a joyride on a running, but unattended, boat)

Not judging, just seems a little odd.

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