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    Default Right side drive.....

    I know I posted this question in another thread, but why has almost every I/O equipped boat in the market gone to right side drive setups? I've heard people say that majority being right handed, they like to throttle with their right hand. I've also heard that being on the right counteracts lift when you're the only one in the boat. Every boat we had growing up was left hand drive including our last 24ft Eliminator I/O with dual stick offshore controls. I'm right handed and never felt uncomfortable or had an issue with it and I like the way it looks on that side. Now I'm having a 28ft deckboat boat built and after being set on building it left hand drive, I have now been considering right hand drive for resale value. What are the pros and cons? Would a boat with a left hand drive be a deal breaker for those of you out there looking to buy used? Any insight would be appreciated....


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    I had Eliminator put mine on the left side when I built mine.

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    Default Right-hand-side controls...

    Having been on and around boats virtually all my life, I have driven almost exclusively right-hand-side helmed boats. I think it's a matter of what you grew up or what you're used to. I simply prefer right-hand-side controls.

    That being said, a left-hand helm wouldn't keep me from buying the right used boat. However, two used boats, identical build, pricing, etc. ... I would chose the one with the right-hand helm.

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    I'm still partial to left hand drive, schiada's and flat bottoms all the way.
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    Left hand drive: foot throttle

    Right hand drive: hand throttle

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    For a big boat like that right hand drive all the way.. Makes it exponentially easier to deal with around the docks if your by yourself, or with 1 other person kinda deal.

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    Why?.....What's the difference exactly? I'm only asking because I never had an issue with the 24ft Eliminator being left hand drive....


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    Quote Originally Posted by RiverRacerX View Post
    Left hand drive: foot throttle

    Right hand drive: hand throttle
    Bingo. Exactly right. Pretty much tradition to set them up this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCM View Post
    Bingo. Exactly right. Pretty much tradition to set them up this way.
    I'm aware of the tradition, being that our first few boats were jets. I just know that in the early 90's it seemed that where I/O's with hand controls were concerned, it was 60/40 right or left. I mean, our whole boat group at the time, about 7 boats, all had hand controls and left side drives. Now the ratio seems to be 90/10 or greater towards right side. I was more curious of reasons dealing with function over those of tradition. Like RD saying it's easier to manuver/dock by yourself. Why is that and what are other reasons like that?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Punchy View Post
    Like RD saying it's easier to manuver/dock by yourself. Why is that and what are other reasons like that?
    I don't have any problems on the left side around docks and don't know why the right side would be any different. Do know if your new deck boat has the option of which side, some decks don't.

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    Coast guard boats have the helm on the port [ left] side , so the majority of manufacturers [ except the california hotrods ] install the helms on the right [ starboard ] side for recreational boats for the ease of communication and document checking between the boat operator and coast guard personel , just my 0.02 . I like the wheel on the left with a foot throttle myself
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    Quote Originally Posted by Havasu1986 View Post
    I don't have any problems on the left side around docks and don't know why the right side would be any different. Do know if your new deck boat has the option of which side, some decks don't.
    I can do either....both sides are identical...but I have to let them know tomorrow because they're in the middle of laying it up and need to reinforce the side the helm will be on....


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    I blame the Europeans and mailmen. They all sit on the wrong side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Punchy View Post
    I can do either....both sides are identical...but I have to let them know tomorrow because they're in the middle of laying it up and need to reinforce the side the helm will be on....
    I would go with what YOU want, and not what you think somebody else will want if you sell.

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