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Old 16 August 2016, 17:53   #1
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Handlebar versus wheel

I need some comfort and organisation in a IRB3.6m with 30hp. Proposing a seat up the middle of craft for storage, push and pull cables/ rods + tie rods travel through it. Wings are fitted to outboard with same/ similar circumference to handle bars. Gears would be good but not necessary, ( noyce though ) comfort is, throttle is sorted.
Any thoughts, you would think that some one has done it somewhere, wasn't there a early PwC with the similar set up, yes I google it, is this a brain fart or feasible?
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Old 16 August 2016, 18:53   #2
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Are you thinking of wing collar?

I'm not sure I see the advantage over wheel steering. Personally I'd buy a boat with a centre console if that's what you want.
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Old 16 August 2016, 19:01   #3
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A piece of stainless or aluminum to provide an anchor,
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Are you currently set up with a tiller?
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Problem would be that most steering is multi-turn lock to lock. That would be tough with handlebars. Regearing would yield pretty twitchy operation and I would expect a very heavy feel.

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Yeah maybe, the handle bars are like a t bar, you pull and push at the same time so Heavy maybe not, twitcy is feasible. Only one way to know, I can always revert it to a wheel afterward. Been looking at vintage ply race boats and it looks easy enough to set up a wheel, growing up on trail bikes you get accustomed to hanging off handle bars. Me, Mr Scounge O has been also looking at 12 volt geared motors on eBay for an alternative to to a throttle set up. To set up forward controls is a $700 budget, already have the pulleys and tensioner and the geared 12 v motor are $12 to $30. I will speak to the hobby shops about a gear shift, an actuator with three positions? I will post in a couple of months the solution, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Twitcy is right, but wouldn't that be an issue for jet skis, they have a similar set up?
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Forgot to mention Mr Tuber, it is currently a tiller, it just isn't practical, I'm going to get bounced out as I'm perched on a tube bouncing on the chop plus being an old fart with RSI makes hanging on a tiller a very taxing exercise. Did I mention a crook back. Me thinks a saddle and handle bars will give better posture. As I mentioned before, the seat that stores is a must, even with a tiller extension it would still be uncomfortable to operate, but for $25 it's worth getting, especially when planning the location for the drivers seat.
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I think youd be better off with tried and tested stuff.
Not saying that it wont work, but if youre driving in choppy water, a steering failure is not what youll want.
Besides, keep it simple. What isnt there cant break.
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It's already a reality. Currently In trial.
http://trends.nauticexpo.com/ullman-...08-314484.html
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Ullman had a handle bar steered boat at Seaworks 2015. It was on a twin inboard diesel, very impressive but you'd need deeeep pockets.


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