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JohnE
02-28-2009, 08:05 PM
A buddy of mine just asked me why the driver seat is on the right (starboard) side of a ski boat. And most boats other than center consoles. And he's been on a hundred boats. Lobster and clam diving, fishing, etc. I have no idea, but I am curious as to the answer. First correct answer subject to a couple of native lobstah's or the equivalent....:D TIA

duckguy
02-28-2009, 08:07 PM
It is so they can easily deliver the mail.

03 35th Anniversary
02-28-2009, 08:08 PM
Form what I was told.

Power boating and all the rules were developed in Europe and we just adopted all of it back in the day.

It sounded good so I never looked into it.

ski_king
02-28-2009, 08:17 PM
Per Ask.com (http://www.ask.com/bar?q=why+is+boat+steering+wheel+on+right&page=1&qsrc=0&zoom=Wooden+%3CKW%3EBoat+Steering+Wheel%3C%2FKW%3E %7CWhat+Is+the+%3CKW%3ESteering+Wheel+on%3C%2FKW%3 E+a+%3CKW%3EBoat%3C%2FKW%3E+Called%7CMarine+%3CKW% 3ESteering+Wheels%3C%2FKW%3E&ab=0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.answerbag.com%2Fq_view%2F43031)
The origin of term comes from old boating practices. Before boats had rudders on their centerline, boats were steered by use of a specialized oar. This oar was held by a sailor located towards the stern (back) of the boat. However, like most of the rest of society, there were many more right-handed sailors than left-handed sailors. This meant that the right-handed sailors holding the steering oar (which had been broadened to provide better control) used to stand on the right side of the boat. The word starboard is a corruption of steering board, which in turn came from the old Norse language word st�ri, in the language of the vikings.

Similarly, the term for the left side of the boat, port, is derived from the practice of sailors mooring on the left side (i.e., the Portboard side) as to prevent the steering boards from being crushed. Because the words portboard and starboard sounded too similar to be distingued under windy sailing conditions, portboard was shortened to port.

The starboad side of most naval vessels the world over is designated the 'senior' side. The officers' gangway or sea ladder is shipped on this side and this side of the quarterdeck is reserved for the captain. The flag or pennant of the ship's captain or senior officer in command is generally hoist on the starboard yard.

TMCNo1
02-28-2009, 08:17 PM
Ask.com, http://www.ask.com/bar?q=why+is+boat+steering+on+the+right&page=1&qsrc=196&zoom=%3CKW%3EBoat+Steering%3C%2FKW%3E+Wheels|Insta ll+%3CKW%3ESteering%3C%2FKW%3E+Cable+for+%3CKW%3EB oats%3C%2FKW%3E|Outboard+%3CKW%3EBoat+Steering%3C% 2FKW%3E&ab=0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.answerbag.com%2Fq_view%2F43031
The origin of term comes from old boating practices. Before boats had rudders on their centerline, boats were steered by use of a specialized oar. This oar was held by a sailor located towards the stern (back) of the boat. However, like most of the rest of society, there were many more right-handed sailors than left-handed sailors. This meant that the right-handed sailors holding the steering oar (which had been broadened to provide better control) used to stand on the right side of the boat. The word starboard is a corruption of steering board, which in turn came from the old Norse language word st�ri, in the language of the vikings.

Similarly, the term for the left side of the boat, port, is derived from the practice of sailors mooring on the left side (i.e., the Portboard side) as to prevent the steering boards from being crushed. Because the words portboard and starboard sounded too similar to be distingued under windy sailing conditions, portboard was shortened to port.

The starboad side of most naval vessels the world over is designated the 'senior' side. The officers' gangway or sea ladder is shipped on this side and this side of the quarterdeck is reserved for the captain. The flag or pennant of the ship's captain or senior officer in command is generally hoist on the starboard yard.

ski_king
02-28-2009, 08:20 PM
Beat ya Harold!!

and I put it in quotes and added a link.

TMCNo1
02-28-2009, 08:23 PM
Beat ya Harold!!

and I put it in quotes and added a link.


I'm older than you, thus slower!http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/36/36_11_2.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZSfox000)http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/36/36_11_6.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZSfox000)
Plus there are 5 answers!

TMCNo1
02-28-2009, 08:28 PM
JohnE hasn't replied, I guess he's a slow reader!http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/36/36_13_3.gif

JohnnyB
02-28-2009, 08:59 PM
Per Ask.com (http://www.ask.com/bar?q=why+is+boat+steering+wheel+on+right&page=1&qsrc=0&zoom=Wooden+%3CKW%3EBoat+Steering+Wheel%3C%2FKW%3E %7CWhat+Is+the+%3CKW%3ESteering+Wheel+on%3C%2FKW%3 E+a+%3CKW%3EBoat%3C%2FKW%3E+Called%7CMarine+%3CKW% 3ESteering+Wheels%3C%2FKW%3E&ab=0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.answerbag.com%2Fq_view%2F43031)

You cut off the bottom line that said:

-by Cliff Claven

Slinkyredfoot
02-28-2009, 09:06 PM
Heck and I was told it was because of the boats on the right right always had the right of way, and there was better visablity. I am glad I know the real story now...good knowledge.

Our next door neighbor used to have a 14' Glaspar with a 70hp Merc that the steering was on the left side. It was the fastest boat on the lake in the day. I also have a friend who owns a 64 Correct Craft with the steering on the left.

WishIWasSkiing
02-28-2009, 10:41 PM
Most people are right-handed, & you wouldn't want the throttle near the walkway, so it makes sense to put the driver's seat on the right. Kinda like how shifters in cars are to the right of the driver.

I'm sure there's a million other ways to spin it too.

TMCNo1
02-28-2009, 11:44 PM
I just makes it hard on us left handed people, trying to operate the throttle/shifter with our left hand.
It just ain't right!:rolleyes::D

joniron1
03-01-2009, 12:24 AM
Maybe some of the laidoff mc workers could reconfigure your cockpit to the left side.Or maybe you could hire a right hander to drive for you.

D3skier
03-01-2009, 12:38 AM
I just makes it hard on us left handed people, trying to operate the throttle/shifter with our left hand.
It just ain't right!:rolleyes::D

maybe we can get Mastercraft to be the first one to offer that option on a boat.

ProTour X9
03-01-2009, 09:16 AM
maybe we can get Mastercraft to be the first one to offer that option on a boat.

I thought thats what this is for??;)
45019

trickskier
03-01-2009, 11:22 AM
The steering wheel is on the right because that's where the throttle is........................;)

TMCNo1
03-01-2009, 11:25 AM
The steering wheel is on the right because that's where the throttle is........................;)

So is the brake pedal, with the clutch to the left!:rolleyes::D

trickskier
03-01-2009, 11:58 AM
So is the brake pedal, with the clutch to the left!:rolleyes::D

I have an automatic...................;)

JohnE
03-01-2009, 12:05 PM
Thanks for the replies guys. I didn't read this again last night as I went back to the drinking and card games.:o

trickskier
03-01-2009, 12:07 PM
Thanks for the replies guys. I didn't read this again last night as I went back to the drinking and card games.:o
Can't say that I blame you.................Good decision............:D

ski_king
03-01-2009, 12:07 PM
When can I expect my lobsters?

Monte
03-01-2009, 12:07 PM
John.. Ifn you want, we can grab a case of beer and take care of this issue for you. All we will need is a drill and a sawzall;)

ski_king
03-01-2009, 12:11 PM
There was an early 70's MasterCraft on ebay last year that was converted to left hand drive.

JohnE
03-01-2009, 12:13 PM
When can I expect my lobsters?


I'll bring em to CSM. See you there.:D

JohnE
03-01-2009, 12:14 PM
John.. Ifn you want, we can grab a case of beer and take care of this issue for you. All we will need is a drill and a sawzall;)


No issue for me. We just needed to settle a drunken argument.;)

D3skier
03-01-2009, 01:29 PM
I thought thats what this is for??;)
45019

I had no clue what the european package was.

TMCNo1
03-01-2009, 01:58 PM
I had no clue what the european package was.


I always though it was for a optional urinal, but spelled wrong, urapeein'!!!!!!:rolleyes::D

Jorski
03-01-2009, 03:29 PM
If you look at pictures of old boats back in the day...it was often on either side, depending upon the motor/driveline confirguration.

The side was usually chosen that provided a counter weight to the natural list produced by the rotation of the prop. other wise handling was very poor if you were alone in the boat.

sizzler
03-01-2009, 03:57 PM
Form what I was told.

Power boating and all the rules were developed in Europe and we just adopted all of it back in the day.

It sounded good so I never looked into it.

thats stoopid....european cars are LHD like yours are.......ENGLISH cars are RHD...so your statement should read that all the rules were developed in England....as with everything else;);)

seems as if you got" pregnant brain"........






also...the term starboard is derived from the word steerboard(rudder).....which was on the right of the ship,,because of this ,when a ship came to dock ,it would dock port-side so to avoid damaging the steerboard

shepherd
03-01-2009, 04:14 PM
Those crazy Brits... :)

Also, traditionally the windward side of the quarterdeck was reserved for the captain, not necessarily the starboard side. Makes sense if you think about it... those guys didn't bathe very regularly back in those days. You'd want to be upwind of them too! It also may be because the windward side was the highest side of the quarterdeck, since a sailing ship always heels to leeward.

03 35th Anniversary
03-01-2009, 04:18 PM
thats stoopid....european cars are LHD like yours are.......ENGLISH cars are RHD...so your statement should read that all the rules were developed in England....as with everything else;);)

seems as if you got" pregnant brain"........






also...the term starboard is derived from the word steerboard(rudder).....which was on the right of the ship,,because of this ,when a ship came to dock ,it would dock port-side so to avoid damaging the steerboard

England - Europe??? It's all the same to us ya damn Frenchy!!!