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Old 08 January 2007, 09:39   #1
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Putting Knob on Steering Wheel (ooh err missus!)

Strangely enough this is a genuine question.

During my powerboat level 2 training we did a lot of close-in marina work. During this we were always instructed to make your steering adjustments with no power and then add in the power as required. This meant an awful lot of quick rotations of the steering-wheel ... and it got me wondering.

You know those knob-thingies you see on forklifts and the like? Would they be of any benefit on a rib. I'm pretty sure a normal motor factors would have them. Surely they'd make fast steering-wheel rotations easier?

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Old 08 January 2007, 09:53   #2
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My steering is very stiff when there is any amount of power applied - could that be the reason for the instruction to steer first then welly it?

I have wondered the same thing about fitting a knob, but not got around to doing it...
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Old 08 January 2007, 10:25   #3
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Try one of these, you can take it off and on as need.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/STEERING-WHEEL...QQcmdZViewItem

I use one and it helps a great deal when doing close quarter work.

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I definitely need one - it makes you wonder why the hell most boats have about 5 or more turns lock to lock - nobody would put up with a car that bad. Most cars are about 3 - my alfa is just over 2 - makes it far better to drive. I would happily put up with heavier hydraulic steering for less turns.
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I've got one of those on Greyhound. Like codders the hydraulic steering on that is 4.5 turns which can be a bit of a pain. The spinner makes it dead easy though

Edit: just looked at the ebay link above. Thats the same as the one I bought (same seller I think). Mine has only been to sea twice and it's got bad surface rust already. Might be worth looking round for a stainless one if your fussy about that sort of thing.
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I used a similar setup on a school boat. I was ok until we got into some lumpy water, the knob rotated around the wheel, which then made the wheel difficult to turn.

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Can you tell me where you got the steering wheel knob from, that you showed in your pictures? Appreciate it was a while ago....
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Can you tell me where you got the steering wheel knob from, that you showed in your pictures? Appreciate it was a while ago....
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Don't know where he gets his but I have used one for years and just get them from EBay.


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