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Old 08 July 2013, 18:55   #11
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I made it up from 2 lengths of bungee , make a loop one end that fits snug around the tiller nearest the engine end . Get 2 of the plastic hooks that work likie a jamb cleat and allow you to adjust the length of the cord , clip them to a suitable point on top of the tubes is ideal and then adjust the tension on the elastic to give an even resistance so that the engine returned to central position . Just some simple experimenting with elastic and hooks /clips etc will have it sorted .
My current boat doesn't have anywhere on the tubes to attatch the elastic so i fitted 2 pulleys to the transom eyes and ran the elastic back to to a central point on the engine clamps to get enough length of elastic to work . It also takes the effort out of cruising when its et up right as the boat will stay strait with little effort on the tiller . Also set the tension on steerring damper screw on the motor to make it harder to turn .

I did intend fitting a zap cat type shock absorber but the elastic worked so well i never felt the need to do anything else .
I can send you some pics if you post me your email but getting pics on here is something i could never manage .
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Old 08 July 2013, 19:05   #12
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Those are nice, Loco!

I like this one, too, but I can't seem to find anything on it except for this video
Proyectile,
That's the one I was previously reffering to, are rescue fast responder sib/ribs with low overboard as the red one in pic 2. With a 30 will fly to Mars. Check with Zodiac, but expect a pricy quote as everthing coming from them.

Ian,
Those are Asian made by a high skilled factory for different worldwide brands, the 470 blue/white was for a French Company, they're also made as Defender X Pro 3D, Highfield and others, surprised to read that X Pro Rib Eye sells them too.

Well made German PVC or French Orca Hypalon assembled to detail and customer taste whether plain open or with different console sets alternatives to please the most sporty boater. Would be interested to see your engine tiller mod too. Attaching pics is a piece of cake with wipped cream...

If you have swivel's bracket load nut adjusted so boat travels at a straight line when tiller is released, probably a steering shock aborver won't be needed. If nut is very loose giving a extremely light load on tiller, arm/shoulder will fatigue fast. Bolts needs to be checked and readjusted very often as it tends to rapidly go out of adjustment due to engine vibration.

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Old 08 July 2013, 19:25   #13
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Proyectile,
That's the one I was previously reffering to, are rescue fast responder sib/ribs with low overboard as the red one in pic 2. With a 30 will fly to Mars. Check with Zodiac, but expect a pricy quote as everthing coming from them.

Ian,
Those are Asian made by a high skilled factory for different worldwide brands, the 470 blue/white was for a French Company, they're also made as Defender X Pro 3D, Highfield and others, surprised to read that X Pro Rib Eye sells them too.

Well made German PVC or French Orca Hypalon assembled to detail and customer taste whether plain open or with different console sets alternatives to please the most sporty boater. Would be interested to see your engine tiller mod too. Attaching pics is a piece of cake with wipped cream...

If you have swivel's bracket load nut adjusted so boat travels at a straight line when tiller is released, probably a steering shock aborver won't be needed. If nut is very loose giving a extremely light load on tiller, arm/shoulder will fatigue fast. Bolts needs to be checked and readjusted very often as it tends to rapidly go out of adjustment due to engine vibration.

Happy Boating
that confirms more what i had been thinking about the small alloy ribs currently available aisian made hull and the tubes getting specced by different manufacturers . They all seem to to be good quality boats as PVC go I think some are available in hypalon too , but not sure its worth the extra cost on a small rib like that .

The swivel bracket load nut won't make the motor stay in a strait line its just makes the steering a but harder to turn , doesn't do a lot on my tohatsu really and as you say some do seem to need constant adjustment.
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Old 08 July 2013, 19:57   #14
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Ian,

All sib/ribs coming from that manufacturer can be orderred in PVC, Akron or Hypalon fabrics, inclusing several fabric gauges ranging from 0.7 mm to 1.2 mm in Hypalon and 0.9 & 1.2 mm in PVC or Akron. Due to Globalization, cheaper hand labor that traslates into lower costs at affordable prices, boating has become more popular than ever before.

With respect to swivel bracket bolt load adjuster, works well with up to 30 HP, a 50 having more torque & final speed it's other story.

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Old 10 July 2013, 21:58   #15
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I think you're right sail it. I can get a Zodiac Pro 7 man (420) or 9 man (470) and not add any interior options so that it's completely open and just use it with a tiller motor.They come in PVC or Hypalon/CSM as well. Probably pretty pricey, as Loco said.
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This looks like a nice boat:



(PS. Can anybody tell me how to make the word "this" an active link to the URL of interest?)
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