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Old 13 September 2004, 12:36   #11
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I wouldn't worry too much about water getting in. I've got hatches on the sides of my seats which aren't waterproof, but it only takes a sponge to mop out any water that does get in. Only seems to happen when the rain is coming from a certain angle. Hmmm west coast of scotland.... quite a lot of rain.... perhaps a top spec hatch would be worthwhile .

As far as reinforcement goes, I don't think you need to beef the console up with anything. However, it is worth including a few offcuts of ply in strategic places so that you can screw things in place on the inside with self tappers.

And as far as steering goes, you want a 'no feedback' (NFB) steering wheel. It shouldn't turn unless you are actually turning it. Not sure how this works if you want to keep your tiller operational though. I don't think hydraulic is needed unless you can get one really cheap, they're about 300 new
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Old 13 September 2004, 13:18   #12
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I know everyone is going to disagree with me here but I am going to mention it anyway...
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If you are planning to resort back to tiller occasionally I wouldnt recommend using cable/teleflex type steering because it is effectively un-detachable. Secondly, I would'nt recommend hydraulic steering for your boat because it is too expensive and you wouldnt notice the benefits with 20HP.
What I would do is rig up 'washing line' steering with wire and pulleys then it would be easy to detatch and wouldnt cost a fortune. I wouldnt use it with over 25HP beacause of the torque from the engine but it would be OK for you - I have used it sucessfully on a dory with a 15HP.

Basically you have two pulleys attatched to your transom in the corners (on the inside of the boat) then you thread the wire through these and attatch it to either side of the engine (some have a front handle). On a RIB/ SIB it is best to have a thwart or a seat branching all the way accross the boat in the middle and to have two further pulleys attatched under the seat. On top of this seat you have a steering wheel with a shaft on some sort of holder and the both ends of the wire are attatched to the shaft (wire must be tight). When you turn the wheel the wire winds round the shaft therfore turning the engine.

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Old 13 September 2004, 13:21   #13
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sounds like a DIY idea
It sounds alright in theory, but im not to keen on making holes in my transom, and i want it to look remotely professional rather than DIY...
i suppose i could feed both ropes through one tube... i think im going to try this! all i need is a steering wheel...

Thanks for the low cost solution approach!, Much appreciated!
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Old 13 September 2004, 13:30   #14
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Mr D, it is a bit of a DIY approach but I know several people who use it, one has a dory with a 15HP Mariner and the other has a speedboat with a 35HP! I have driven the speedboat and its fine obviously you can feel the power in the engine coming out of a corner but providing you dont do anything stupid its easily controllable.
With reference to drilling holes in the transom does your boat have D rings on the back? If so you could just attatch another D ring on the inside using the same bolts and holes.

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Old 13 September 2004, 17:07   #15
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Yep, they are not D rings, but they are ring rings.. (must have been done by someone before i had it..) however, i dont think they are on the right spot..

As for the steering now, i have a "Drag" control on the steering, If i tighten it up, its a pain in the !*U# to turn it when going slow, but nice to turn at speed (it does not pull) if i make it looser, its great to go slow.. but at high speed it tries to rip the tiller out of your hand, and every tiny adjustment you make by accident is felt.... Maybe you should Patent the idea
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