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Old 01-16-2009, 01:23 PM
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it's reggies way or the highway, i'm taking the highway!!
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Old 01-16-2009, 01:46 PM
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I'll add one more thing, any Reggie/Beak race boat I've ever seen has had right handed throttles??? Not to bash here because I gotten beaten by a few Fountains in my time, but the dash on his boats is still the same dash shape from when the bolsters were joined together. I think it has just carried forward as part of his mark or look and for no other reason.

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Old 01-16-2009, 01:56 PM
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What I noticed, was that while cruising through snotty waters, trying to hold a steady rpm, my left arm was suspended in air with nothing to rest my elbow or any part of my arm on. In rough seas, this made my left arm move back and forth enough to raise and lower the rpm that I was trying to hold steady. It was very uncomfortable to take any kind of a long trip while trying to cruise at 70-80. At WOT, it really did'nt matter. After 2 years of fighting the throttles, I redid the interior and changed the throttles to the right side. Best change I ever made in my opinion anyway. Now it's a pleasure to drive with a cushioned pad under my right forearm.
Have to agree here. The one Fountain we had had left throttles/shifters. Couldn't stand them. Bought the Sonic and guess what LEFT handed throttles but right handed shifters. When I redid the dash we switched the throttles to the right and shifters to the left. What a big difference.

Told Fountain I'd buy a 42 if they could put the throttles on the right. Can be done with some modifications.
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Old 01-16-2009, 02:46 PM
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I forgot that the early Fountains did have side-by-side bolsters, but there was one way you could get right-hand throttles from the factory for a short while. Ralph Martin's Everglades package had Latham throttles on the starboard side. We tested this version when I was at Powerboat and if I recall correctly—it was more than 10 years ago—our testers preferred this setup.
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Reggie isn't left-handed. He has always said that he put the throttles to the left so that two people could run the boat in rough conditions. I'm with you. I'd rather throttle right-handed.
Been awhile since I was in a Fountain, but can you comfortably reach the throttles from the port bolster? If not, you would have to stand between the seats and I would think that is not the safest way to run in rough water.

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I prefer throttles on the right, shifters on the left like the 30 and 35 Outlaw. That was a great setup, and comfortable in any condition.
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Been awhile since I was in a Fountain, but can you comfortably reach the throttles from the port bolster? If not, you would have to stand between the seats and I would think that is not the safest way to run in rough water.
This is how and why it was done, double bolster

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This is how and why it was done, double bolster

I understand that, but with today's boats all having split bolsters, can you comfortably reach over and work the throttles from the passenger bolster? If not, then why continue the throttle/shifter placement to the left?
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I understand that, but with today's boats all having split bolsters, can you comfortably reach over and work the throttles from the passenger bolster? If not, then why continue the throttle/shifter placement to the left?
I am going to say not easily, I figure he left it thatw ay to be different and keep the dash the same on them all.
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I am going to say not easily, I figure he left it thatw ay to be different and keep the dash the same on them all.
That's what I thought. I would think you'd be leaned way over and your elbow would be at a bad angle. It does make them unique. I've never driven a Fountain, but have rode in a 38 and the owner said you get used to it soon enough.
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