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Old 05 September 2004, 15:57   #1
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Suggestions on turning tiller into Remote. (steering)

Hi,
I am now a soon to be proud owner of a half beaten up old Mercury control box! (still waiting for parts to arrive for outboard....)
So, i was thinking of making a jockey..... nice little project to do for fun!
Any suggestions on what type of steering to get? Hydraulic? Cable?
As its only a 20 horse, it does not need a big/heavy system..But however i would like to be able to let go of the wheel, and still go in a straight line!

Any brand suggestions? or even dealers? where can i get a good steering system? How much am i looking at?

Im planning on combining the Remote with the tiller so i can still use it... but yet use the remote when i want to! (i believe this is possible)

Just imagine the value i could add to my boat by making it with a console!!

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Daniel.
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Old 05 September 2004, 16:30   #2
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Daniel, start searching the on line chandlers as they do a kit for about 99 with everything in it. However you need to work out what length of steering cable you need first.

The console (and boy am i asking for it mentioning consoles ) would make a good winter project, do a search on here.

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Old 05 September 2004, 16:34   #3
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boy am i asking for it mentioning consoles
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that's one great console alright.

Actually it's a party RIB what with the fridge an all

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hydraulic steering would be a waste of time on a 20 I think.
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I think if you want to use the tiller as well, then Hydraulics are definatly out. trying to move the ram won't turn the wheel/displace fluid, where as with a cable system you've got a chance.

Anyway, as Stuart said its not really required on a 20HP.

I'd do as mentioned already, get a cable kit from an online chandler for the steering, and break out the fibreglass over the winter.
I've made some pretty good boxes etc using moulds made from Corrugated cardboard.
If you find some big boxes that have two or three ply corrugated and have glossy printed coated paper laminated (Litholam for the initiated) to it then you can gaffer tape up the shape you want and spray it with cooking oil as a release agent. Helps to put in some bulkheads to strenghten it.

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Old 06 September 2004, 14:16   #6
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20 HP or 220 HP, it will still look great! (not to mention the value added to the boat...)

Anyway, Do you think if i would develop my own console/jockey arrangement, that i could be sued for breeching copyright laws? Patents etc?

If i come up with a nice jockey mould, and could perhaps make one every now and then i could make a few to sell off, might actually work (if i can get them solid enough...)

Another question, how/where do i find a tachometer that would be universal, all i know is that the Hz is how often the flywheel goes round, and it could work off that! (just a ordinary 12V cable)
Ideas?

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I don't think you'd really have any trouble with patents with something like that.

As for the tacho, is there such a things a universal one?
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Old 06 September 2004, 17:19   #8
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They should be "Normal" Each time the fly wheel spins round, it changes the polarity round (AC) and that means that was one revolution...

All i need is a 0-6000RPM 12V Tach with 100rpm increcements (according to my manual)

Anyone have any idea where i can find one? Google is giving me a hard time!

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Pete, or anyone who knows a bit about jockeys... i've just been thinking my "plan" through of making a mould... there is just one thing im cought on so far...

I am planning to make a single seater console/jockey.... with 2 partitions storage... IF i make the partitions accesible from the top (by lifting off the cushion) what happens if i accidently get water in there?! the logic response would be "DUH, make some holes to let it drain!" however... that will mean any water on the deck could get in... fitting a pump is a bit extreme....
what is the solution to this? (dont take your boat out on the water?)
i know you can get watertight locker doors, but they are quite pricy... and that would kind off make this experiment pointless...

Also, for reinforcement, wood coated all round by fiberglass, or perhaps steel? or maybe even aluminium... ideas?
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Mr-d,

Do an advanced search, search title for "Useful Tacho"

Mine works great and cost 30 in total.

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