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Old 12 October 2012, 01:43   #21
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Very common to see panga boats in places like Mexico, the Phillipines, etc using 90hp tiller motors. Also very common to see them running on two cylinders.
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Old 12 October 2012, 18:52   #22
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Why not , you seem to have an idea that a tiller affords less control or ability

from your vidios you appear to be sat side by side on what looks like a bench seat ? you wouldn't cope with anything like the conditions you can holding a line with one hand and the tiller with another with your legs braced as shock absorbers .

It takes a longer to get used to a tiller i agree but in a small rib or sib its the best way for rough sea controll just watch some vids of lifeguards or the RNLI or zap cat racers .
as for cruising distance just set the friction screw and all you need is one hand resting on the tiller .
if you have a steering damper which is necessary i think for a 40 or 50 then its even easier . I use a bungee cord system from the tiller to the side of the boat and it works very well .
All depends what you're using your boat for - and when.

On one of those videos it was dark and -6 when we launched and dark again and -8 when we came back. There's just no way I'd be holding on to a tiller and sitting on a tube in those conditions for 20 miles with ten hours fishing in the middle.

I'd say that for endurance and safety you can't beat a quality console set-up - especially when you're also having to keep a close eye on GPS and sonar screens over long distances.
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Old 12 October 2012, 19:02   #23
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i would agree if you have a nice big rib with a proper consul and jockey seats , but not on small ribs and sibs . If its cold i often sit down on the deck you only need one hand on the tiller and i often swap sides and hold the tiller with the other hand if i get tired .

If its calm with the steering damper system i have made up you can let go of the tiller .

i must say i wish i was catching some fish like you are in that vid . i never was very good at fishing ,but this year we have had 6 small mackerel all year .
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Does anyone have a 14'9" Futura MKIII? I'm wondering if the transom is wide enough to fit a 40 hp yamaha and a 2.2 hp kicker? The specs say the transom is 2'11", and the pictures I can find on the internet aren't very clear, from what I can see the transom seems to have some odd geometry.
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"from what I can see the transom seems to have some odd geometry"
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Thanks, I don't think I could fit a kicker on that.
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Does anyone have a 14'9" Futura MKIII? I'm wondering if the transom is wide enough to fit a 40 hp yamaha and a 2.2 hp kicker? The specs say the transom is 2'11", and the pictures I can find on the internet aren't very clear, from what I can see the transom seems to have some odd geometry.
Here's mine, Futura Mk III w. 40.

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