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Old 02 September 2014, 17:57   #1
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Tiller or 'cockpit' set-up.

Had my quicksilver 3.8 for a week now and used it once with the cockpit steering & throttle set up. Initially I was just after a simple tiller set up for that exact reason. The boat will live on a trailer soon so set-up isn't an issue. I just felt like I was sat very high on the bench seat and it seems to be damaging the mounts. Click image for larger version

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Old 02 September 2014, 19:04   #2
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I have recently replaced my bench seat with a heavy duty esky that is strapped in. Did this to save a bit of space in my 3.8 as it also doubles as a fish box.
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Old 02 September 2014, 23:19   #3
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I have recently replaced my bench seat with a heavy duty esky that is strapped in. Did this to save a bit of space in my 3.8 as it also doubles as a fish box.
I'm guessing that an esky is a cooler. I've done similar with a heavy duty polyethylene storage box to which I've bolted a couple of plastic folding stadium seats on the lid - works very well for kids / light passengers.

As to the original question, for my applications (and I would guess for most SIBers), tiller control is more practical. If the SIB were a large commercial style such as a Zodiac Mark V or VI (+ 5.8m) with a largish outboard (80hp or so), I would consider a console, anything smaller, a tiller.

The tiller takes up far less space, allows one handed operation, provides direct steering and much more precise throttle control.
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Cheers. It's not really a console, I'm not sure what the arrangement is called to be honest!.... It's like this... Click image for larger version

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My preference for your set up would be a tiller.
Just for the space saving element. I use a heavy duty fishing box which straps onto the floor. I operate the tiller sitting on it.
It has masssive storage compartments for fishing gear and tools etc.
I've added an air flow cushion on top - much comfier than sat on the tubes.
Couple this with the seat bag and bow box the sib has tonnes of storage space as well as a reasonable amount of deck space.
Suits my fishing and overnight camping trips.



Prairie Tuber has someone dipped their hands in paint and walked them all over you Sib????
My eyesight ain't what it used to be!
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Old 03 September 2014, 13:19   #6
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Since my boats purpose is for scuba diving, most of the floor space is required for dive gear. So for me a tiller is a requirement.

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annoyingly a tiller for my engine sold for 40 on eBay at weekend!!
"If you are not using an Auto Bidder you are bidding against yourself". In other words only EVER bid in the last 4 seconds, and decide what you are willing to pay in advance. It keeps you from getting caught up in the moment and overpaying. You win some and you lose some. Many won auctions are smoking good deals! I buy a ton of stuff from Ebay, and anything that is not a "Buy It Now" is run through an Auto Bidder.
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here is my esky it a seat attached (got the esky wile working in sydney)
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Yeah I'm good on eBay peter, was awaiting an answer from the seller. Which he provided after the auction end. Idiot.
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Prairie Tuber has someone dipped their hands in paint and walked them all over you Sib????
My eyesight ain't what it used to be!
Long story, all cleaned up now, LOL.
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