View Full Version : question for you boat guys

grass disaster
06-25-2005, 09:44 PM
why the heck is the steering wheel on the right side?

do they make the boats in europe. lol

06-25-2005, 10:04 PM
my boat is all American and I never thought of why. :dizzy:


GEO :)

06-25-2005, 10:09 PM
Boat propellers turn clockwise, and hulls used to be designed in such a way that when there was torque on the prop, the right side of the boat would rise up. So the wheel was put on the right, so the weight of these "healthy sized" fishermen would counteract that. As long as they didn't put the beer cooler on the left, which would throw everything off. This is not a problem with modern hulls, but the design stuck. Racing boats, however usually have the wheel on the left, like American cars.

I looked that answer up for you. :waving:

06-26-2005, 12:44 AM
i don't know if this is also a reason, but i remember as a kid, my grandfather trying to teach me the rules of the harbor.
red buoy's always on the right, so opposing traffic would be on the right also.

just a thought i had.