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Old    Bob L (bob_l)      Join Date: Jul 2006       08-17-2006, 8:37 AM Reply   
So, I am sitting in the water last Saturday waiting for the rope (I am 44 and a complete novice but trying to show my sons that an old man can get up) and my brain started running with 2 questions.

#1 - Why do boats have a right hand drive position while all American cars have a left hand drive position or should the question be - why do all American cars have a left hand drive position while the rest of the world has a right hand drive position (including boats).

#2 - Has any boat manufacturer ever made a left hand drive position?

Just one of those things that make you go hmmmmm...
Old    Jman (jmanolinsky)      Join Date: Dec 2005       08-17-2006, 8:48 AM Reply   
Boats that typically have a pedal for the gas such as low profile jetboats and v-drives have the wheel on the left side.

Jman
Old    Adam Curtis (acurtis_ttu)      Join Date: May 2004       08-17-2006, 9:22 AM Reply   
if the wheel was on the left side the throttle would have to be controlled with your left hand.....don't know exact percentages, but we live in a right handed world.
Old    Steve™ (kingskrew)      Join Date: May 2004       08-17-2006, 9:54 AM Reply   

quote:

Why do boats have a right hand drive position



Here you go: http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65919/350898.html


quote:

why do all American cars have a left hand drive position while the rest of the world has a right hand drive position



Where'd you come up with that?
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Blue drive on left side of road (Right hand driver)
Red drive on right side of road (Left hand driver)
wikipedia
Old    Luciano Grimblat (luchog)      Join Date: Jun 2002       08-17-2006, 10:40 AM Reply   
british conquests!!!!!!!!!!
Old    Bob L (bob_l)      Join Date: Jul 2006       08-17-2006, 11:15 AM Reply   
Steve: Busted...bad ASSumption on my part.

Adam: That does make a lot of sense.

After looking at Steve's link and realizing I am redundant, here is an acronym that you can unravel in your spare time (no cheating and using the net)... POSH.

(Message edited by bob_l on August 17, 2006)
Old    Nacho (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       08-17-2006, 11:46 AM Reply   
its actually to overcome the rotation of the engine and prop on slalom boats and boat designers never changed back
Old    Craig (yosquire)      Join Date: Jun 2005       08-17-2006, 5:20 PM Reply   
Nacho,

doesn't make sense. Chevy Engines have output shafts that turn counterclock-wise (relative to standing behind the engine.) Thus a direct drive prop would also turn counterclock-wise. The reacting rotation would attempt to rotate the entire boat clockwise. The drive sitting on the right side of the boat would also rotate the boat clock-wise...

Is my logic flawed, anyone?
Old    Big Ed (big_ed_x2)      Join Date: Jul 2004       08-17-2006, 8:21 PM Reply   
That's the reason I thought Natiques turned the other way....I could be off??
Old    Midwestwakeboarder.com (mjmurphy53711)      Join Date: Mar 2004       08-17-2006, 9:38 PM Reply   
I dont think nautiques are reverse rotation as of either 06 or 07.
Old    Rod McInnis (rodmcinnis)      Join Date: Sep 2002       08-18-2006, 10:48 AM Reply   
The rotation of the engine argument just doesn't make sense.

As Craig said, most of the boats use standard rotation engines which would do the opposite if there was only a driver. A few boats, such as Correct Craft (there used to be others) used reverse rotation engines.

Any competition ski boat would be designed for a driver and one observer. For the situation that really matters the passenger weight is balanced (unless you want to make assumptions on the relative weight of the driver verses observer.)

Competition boats all follow the same layout because it is pretty much dictated by the conventions of competition slalom skiing. What side the driver was on might have been a coin toss back when the tradition started, but once it was established it wasn't going to change. A serious slalom skier is going to buy a boat that is approved for competition. A casual slalom skier will buy a boat that at least has the pretense of being a competition cabable boat.

Many years later wakeboarding enters the scene and they start making "cross over" boats. Intended for both slalom and wakeboarding they followed the slalom boat design. When they started making wakeboard specific boats, why change now?

Get away from water skiing/wakeboarding and you will find a lot of boats that are configured with the steering on the left or even center consols.
Old    Daman Barron (ncbschzzt)      Join Date: Jul 2006       08-18-2006, 11:32 AM Reply   
Most ocean boats have the wheel in the center.

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