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Is this throttle position trouble?

Have a look at the position of the throttle on this Beneteau 321.

It looks like a very clean boat, but I can't help but think it would hard to dock.

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Re: Is this throttle position trouble?

Sure, it could pose some difficulties when docking but you could always relocate it to the pedestal. Not a cheap mod but if everything else about the boat fits your criteria...
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Re: Is this throttle position trouble?

Just another of the many things that make you wonder if Naval Architects actually ever use a boat.
It can be moved, but I doubt you'll get money off the asking price - I'm pretty sure there is some Beneteau literature out there that says putting the throttle/gear shift out of reach of the wheel is a design feature for comfort or safety or some such nonsense.
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Re: Is this throttle position trouble?

that position doesn't look so bad - you wouldn't need to shift your feet to reach it, and you also wouldn't need to reach through the spokes to reach it, which is what a pedestal mod would entail.
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Is this throttle position trouble?

Hard to judge without being in the cockpit. With the large wheel, it may be easier to use than trying to reach over or through the wheel. The problem I see is that I like to sit on the cockpit combing for a better line of sight, and it might be in the way. Wouldn't be a deal breaker for me though. Those are the things you tend to get used to.

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Re: Is this throttle position trouble?

Shouldn't be a deal breaker if you like the boat otherwise, in my opinion. Not quite as convenient as having it on the pedestal, and might get in the way a little bit if you're trying to steer from the coaming, but overall it's manageable, especially compared to having it in the footwell like many tiller boats.
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Re: Is this throttle position trouble?

How wide is that cockpit? It's a Benny 323, from the center of the cockpit to the throttle is probably with in an arms reach. I have seen worse, like the ones down below your knees.
I do agree with those who say it is more in the way of those trying to sit comfortably in that corner. One more point, what is with the location of the Auto-Control Head? That is in the way as well.
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Re: Is this throttle position trouble?

Actually, I think the throttle lever is better located than the autopilot control. I could live with the throttle, but I think the control would be digging into my back. I'd be leaning against the autopilot control and accidentally pressing buttons all the time. It also takes a little getting used to having it behind you, since the button position is the reverse of what you expect (push stbd button, boat turns to port). Mine is located behind me, but in my boat there's no seating along the transom, so it doesn't dig into my back, but I still bump the buttons occassionally.
Nice looking boat for the money. I wouldn't let either of those bother me. The controller is easy to move- just replace the current cutout with a Beckson plate.
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Re: Is this throttle position trouble?

I've sailed one of those and didn't find it to be a problem. You need to be standing off to the side in order to see the dock anyway.
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Re: Is this throttle position trouble?

Ditto. Did a charter with a boat like that once. Yeah, it wasn't the most convenient thing in the world, and if I owned the boat I would probably relocate the throttle, but it really wasn't THAT bad.
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