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    Hey guys this is most likely a strange question,but why are the steering wheels on jet boats on the left side of the boat?,when most other boats are on the right side??I was just wondering & i know you guys will have the answer michael
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    feels more natural when ya gots ya buzzzzz on
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    What side is the steering wheel on in your truck? All those other boats are just ass backwards!!!
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    Any body else have any answers?? there must be some kind of technical reason why just wonderin
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    Quote Originally Posted by wetdebt View Post
    Any body else have any answers?? there must be some kind of technical reason why just wonderin
    I've also seen jets with the steering wheel on the right.
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    there are several answers and not sure if any of them are worth a damn, I have asked this question several years ago and there was a thread on SOCALJETBOATS a while back, the answer I always seemed to get is that a lot of the old time boat builders were from Europe (they drive on the left side of the road) and that is how they were used to building them (I'm about 15% happy with this answer) the other reason I heard is most of the boats built way back when, had RH rotating propellers and the driver on the right countered this auto rotation (about 20% happy with that answer) and also heard that with the introduction of nautical rules on lakes and rivers things started to change and it never got all they way to left hand drive (maybe 25% happy there) I like the answer that most people were right handed and most throttle controls were on the right and was just more comfortable... All I know is my stern drive boat and my jet have the helm on the left

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    easier transition to performance boating being LH steer, and a must for circle racing, big back in the day.
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    Great answers guys anybody else want to chime in?? thought it would be an interesting question with many different answers thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by wetdebt View Post
    Great answers guys anybody else want to chime in?? thought it would be an interesting question with many different answers thanks
    done gave ya the answer on post #2 then sleek backed it up, you doubting us newbie? never had a bj goin down the road have ya? be all unnatural and shit to get 1 from the wrong side
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    What races on sunday sells on monday. You'll notice it is mostly small light performance boats that have the steering on the left. As previously stated circle boats put the driver on the left to use weight distribution to offset the roll right for a left turn characteristic of the boat. You can't really claim to have a race boat that you only use for pleasure if it isn't set up like a race boat. So it became more and more common to set them up on the left. Eventually economics takes over and it's cheaper to rig them all to the same standard (mass produced boats, not one off racers) so guess what the standard became. Big boats and ships have the helm centered or to the right (notice the bridge on an Aircraft carier) as they know they aren't racing anybody.
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    Wow impatient 1 i know they gave some good answers no need to get all wound up dude& no i wasnt doubting them
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    Thanks guys for the answers now i know
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    Quote Originally Posted by wetdebt View Post
    Wow impatient 1 i know they gave some good answers no need to get all wound up dude& no i wasnt doubting them
    lol, i was just messin around, don't take anything here seriously
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    oh ok thanks i dont want to get in any trouble here,cause if it wasnt for the answers that i got here i never would have been able to finish my boat thanks impatient 1
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