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Old 19 November 2005, 15:18   #1
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Knobs Anyone?

Saw a small center console skiff manouvering at the dock today, which had a steering knob mounted on the wheel.
Seemed to make the job of getting into the floating dock very easy, as made turning the wheel very fast when backing to and fro.
Maybe in the way a little for normal cruising use, so anyone use one of these?
Any major drawbacks?
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Old 19 November 2005, 15:29   #2
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there was a thread on this a few weeks ago!!

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Old 19 November 2005, 15:38   #3
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OOps missed that; thanks will search again
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Old 19 November 2005, 15:44   #4
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Found the problem. I was searching by steering knob instead of steering Assistors!

Originally Posted by Jimbo
Playground humour? How old are you!!

Those sooper dooper assistors are fantastic, had one on a rib I used for dinghy safety cover in london docks, you could do some serious emergency stop turns!


Going to try one, as it makes you seem a lot less "frantic" and more in control when manouvering
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Old 20 November 2005, 06:39   #5
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have you seen one in stainless? Most I've seen are chromed mild steel.
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Yes,
went out to get one yesterday;but the stainless was over $60.00
Opted for the black finish for $45.00 instead. (Matched the wheel better anyway).
Will fit it today and try it out this afternoon.
Great day forecast, with clear blue skies and 75' plus temps
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used these knobs (assistors) for years on inboard waterski boats (ski nautique and Mastercraft) and were brill. So easy to control.
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These are great great for flat water use, but have one major draw back in rough weather.
Imagine hitting a big wave and your body is thrown against the stearing wheel, you just get the energy spread over a larger area.
Then Imagine the same force being impacted on a stearing ball of 2" diameter, I suspect that would be a broken rib or alteast extreamely painful.

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Buses and lorries tend to have them - Ferraris and Astons don't - wonder why???
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Buses and lorries tend to have them - Ferraris and Astons don't - wonder why???
err because lock to lock on a sports car is very small and on a lorry/bus very large
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