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    How many of yall are running a hand throttle as opposed to a foot throttle? I was leaning more to a hand throttle on my 78 Taylor SS just because I'm used to a hand throttle. Also, I'm afraid of ripping the screws out of the floor with a foot throttle. The main reason is I'm just more accustom to a hand throttle. I'm thinking of building a mount on the right side of the driver's deat to put a throttle. Just want to know if I'm the only one that thinks this way. (P.S. This is my first jet!)
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    Get used to the foot throttle. Unless you have a foot issue like OVERKILL. Its like driving your car. You'll eventually enjoy the foot throttle better than the hand deal. Think about it this way. You forward reverse devise is probably on your left side. When docking, loading or moving through tight areas. Your going to be using your left hand to control your momentum leaving your right hand to steer and foot to add propulsion.
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    I have a hand throttle right now, which is what I'm used to. I like it a lot, EXCEPT that at high speed I would much rather have both hands on the wheel. It can get alittle hairy only having one hand on the wheel and trying to control the throttle with the other...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cave View Post
    Get used to the foot throttle. Unless you have a foot issue like OVERKILL. Its like driving your car. You'll eventually enjoy the foot throttle better than the hand deal. Think about it this way. You forward reverse devise is probably on your left side. When docking, loading or moving through tight areas. Your going to be using your left hand to control your momentum leaving your right hand to steer and foot to add propulsion.
    Amen cave.

    My SS has run the foot throttle 30 years now, the completely separated engine from fwd/reverse is so easy in tight confines like marinas. After a bit of practice you can out-maneuver anyone wrestling a morse-shifter.

    I've never pulled the foot-feed loose, BUT, if you desire the best solidity, go to a hardware store, buy 4 or so brass thread inserts, drill and install to the plywood with JB Weld, and put it down with Stainless machine bolts.
    Odds are that only 3 or so of the 4 or 5 mounting points are used on your throttle (mine was this way).

    If you want to thread insert, I'll give ya good tips on not getting the epoxy everywhere.

    Probably 2% run a hand throttle, because their boats were made that way.

    The foot throttle setup IS easier, really.
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    if you do choose to run the hand throttle, the only right way to do it is with a spring return. Overkills is set up that way. I've driven his boat and it can be done, and he needs it that way, but I certainly don't prefer it. There is a reason why most people run the foot throttle. I suggest you give it a try.

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    His boat will be kissing 90 with a hand throttle with one arm on the wheel, it'll be rolling "gansta style".
    You're going to have to move the driver's seat to the other side of the boat if you want to run a hand throttle!

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    If i HAD to go hand throttle and run the boat as hard as i do now, i would put the throttle on the steering wheel, that way i could keep both hands on the wheel.

    Not sure how one cant be used to a foot throttle, it's like driving a car.... I personally hate hand throttles, they are a pain in the ass when it comes to manuvering the boat. Most are stif and are retarded for accelerating/deaccelerating a tiny bit, i've always had to tap them with my palm...

    If you go hand throttle and the throttle doesnt return on it's own, make sure there's a kill switch incase you get pitched!

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    I have a hand throttle/forward/reverse lever and I'm putting in a foot pedal on my cruiser .

    On a cruiser , I've been told its great . Haven't seen it .

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerjet View Post
    I have a hand throttle/forward/reverse lever and I'm putting in a foot pedal on my cruiser .

    On a cruiser , I've been told its great . Haven't seen it .
    IMO there fine for larger slower boats , reaction time in a Pinch is a lot slower and don't lose sight of the "no return to idle on its own" feature Josh has one on his cruiser and likes it (kind of like cruise control) Tom

    btw if your gonna use a Hand control be sure to get a kill switch with tether

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    A Friend Of Mine Had A 77 20' Baja With Right Side Driver Position, It Had A Hand Throtle/ Forward Reverse Combo. The Boat Sucked To Dock. Imo The Floor Throtle Is The Best Way To Go. You Can Bring Up The Rpm And Keep It There And Go From Forward To Rev And Not Drop The Rpm And Keep Control Of The Boat. With The Hand Throtle It Is Real Jerky. Imo Don

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    I've used a hand throttle (i/o) my entire life...

    BUT for jets, I'd go with the foot. It makes it so much easier docking -there's no transmission so moving forward/reverse can be done back and forth w/o dropping your trans! Hand/Foot let's you move in 360's on a dime.

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    Thanks for all the relpys! I'm sure I'll get used to it and like it. I've never driven a boat with a foot throttle, but yall made some very good points about it. Foot throttle it is! Thanks again!
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    decades ago, a friend of mine had a spectra 18, that had the hand throtte combo. after practicing with it awhile, he had no trouble maneuvering through marina's, or docking. that was with the old single handle morse, with the button. it also made it much more comfy for long cruises, just set it there and drive.
    i've thought several times that i'd like to have hand control for my cruiser, but the few i've seen seem pricy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JetBoatCop View Post
    Thanks for all the relpys! I'm sure I'll get used to it and like it. I've never driven a boat with a foot throttle, but yall made some very good points about it. Foot throttle it is! Thanks again!
    IMO the only thing "hard" about the foot throttle, is towing a skiier in chop. Takes a lot of practivce to not be "rumpy" and jerk on the skiier. Mom once towed Dad & I together. Once.

    She never drove again, and dad & I never skiid together again, we towed each other.
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