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Old 28 October 2014, 16:17   #11
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Paul, where is your fuel tank mounted? Often when riding solo, folks with put their fuel tank all the way in the bow, to keep it down and balance the load.
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Old 28 October 2014, 16:54   #12
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That is a point, I put my fuel tank midships or under the front seat which is slightly forward of centre. It has never missed a beat as yet !!!!

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Old 28 October 2014, 17:01   #13
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My boat has fuel tank straps at the stern. Perhaps i should modify one of the other floor panels so i can secure the tank nearer the bow. Still seems alot of weight at the stern, i weigh 70kgand the motor 50kg, alot more than a fuel tank. Will it make much difference?
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Old 28 October 2014, 17:29   #14
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Who knows but anything is worth a try. That is my outlook now that I have an air floor, first and last.

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Old 28 October 2014, 18:03   #15
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Steering for my SIB

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ID:	100320 I have this set up. Bench seat missing in this picture. It came with the boat but the bloke said it was 300+. A lot of parts needed , even throttle & gear linkage under engine cover. I remove my engine for towing & the cables take 5 minutes to install. The steering & throttle box has two bolts either side which takes another 5 minutes but I leave on. The boat is much flatter in this configuration with the fuel tank at back. When my mate moved backwards to check the fuel level the front rose instantly. I was toying with the idea of changing to a tiller but I would only gain a little more deck space.
You could maybe try a tiller extension to allow you to sit further forward to distribute weight. Fuel, anchor etc right at the front will create quite a bit of leverage.
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Old 28 October 2014, 23:45   #16
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Remember that a longer tiller means you have a longer throw to put the motor hard over. Don't get too crazy with the length.

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