[Land-speed] Can anyone confirm this? Not LSR

drmayf drmayf at mayfco.com
Thu Jul 12 10:52:52 MDT 2007

Wes, I am not a boater. But seems to me that navigaton os what did it 
that way. Don't ships and other boats "drive" on the left side of the 
water way? My drag boat had it,s steering and controls on the left side 
like our cars.  For anything larger than a row boat, I don't think the 
reaction torque would be much because of the fluidity of the water.

How you doing?

Wester Potter wrote:

>Question was why are boat steering wheels on the right side?  This was 
>the answer posted by one respondent.
>Boat propellers turn clockwise, sez Leon, 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.

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