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Re: Is this throttle position trouble?

Not a problem. Mine is far worse due to a tight cockpit (it's forward and near the floor!) and I've never had a issue. Things just don't happen that quickly on a sailboat.
If you have to watch on Port you can always have crew operate the throttle under your command. After all, thats how they do it on ships right? Even single handing shouldn't be a problem if you control your speed and plan ahead (which, of course, you should be doing anyway).

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Re: Is this throttle position trouble?

Okay consensus is no big deal from an operating standpoint. Cool. That one is too far away, but at least now I know it won't be a deal breaker if I see one nearby.

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Is this throttle position trouble?

I have a 2009 Beneteau 49. The throttle is down by my ankles. I dislike it but I get by just fine. I'd love to choke the guy who designed it!

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I have a 2009 Beneteau 49. The throttle is down by my ankles. I dislike it but I get by just fine. I'd love to choke the guy who designed it! Big Moe
On the other hand, I've actually become pretty good at operating my throttle with my foot. Leaving one hand for the wheel and another for a beer...I mean, dock line!
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Re: Is this throttle position trouble?

It certainly makes no sense to locate a throttle on the seat back or down by your ankles. It's as if they finished the boat, launched it into the water, and then realized they forgot the throttle..."Errr, let's just put it here for now."
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Re: Is this throttle position trouble?

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On the other hand, I've actually become pretty good at operating my throttle with my foot. Leaving one hand for the wheel and another for a beer...I mean, dock line!
On our last two boats the throttle/shift was down near the cockpit sole off to one side.. we too use our feet more than hands to run the controls, esp when steering carefully into or out of a slip. Our current boat has a single lever so shifting and throttling is dead easy by foot.. I think I prefer that to the 'reach through the wheel' aspect of binnacle mounted controls.

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