According to the Hurth manual(s), if the gear shift lever on the transmission is moved aft (with standard straight/non V drive installation of engine) that's putting the engine in forward gear. It's a natural arrangement that works with pushing the control lever forward, it actually 'pulls' on the shift cable, moving the gear lever aft to the "A"/fwd position.
Where this can get confusing is if the cockpit controls are mounted unconventionally (ie sideways in the cockpit, or with the assembly 'backwards' on the cockpit wall)
If the boat's currently going forward when you 'shift to forward' at the control arm then the shifter arrangement and the prop are matched for direction.. however if it so happens you're actually running in reverse (arm Position "B") most of the time then you are probably using a less-than-ideal (or other than expected) gear ratio as they do differ.
One manual here:
Originally Posted by tcase10
Thank you for the responses. When I put the gear lever in forward (by moving it forward) should the lever on the transmission move forward or backward?
Simply put, the lever on the tranny should move backward/aft.