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Old 08 January 2007, 10:39   #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, 10:53   #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, 11:25   #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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I got a John Deere tractor one on my searider. Really good and nice strong allan bolt fixing. Works a treat

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Seems good as not much to rust but they are out of stock
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Whoever started this thread, just cost me 8.00...read the comments and had to buy one.
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[QUOTE=Fred.;725032]Would Rather a Duetz



you mean a Deutz?
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Putting Knob on Steering Wheel (ooh err missus!)

I got the proper stainless one off eBay for 25. had a cheap one and it rusted in no time. been out in the rough stuff and it fine.


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I got the proper stainless one off eBay for 25. had a cheap one and it rusted in no time. been out in the rough stuff and it fine.


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Have you got a link to the one you have please?


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If I may chime in, I make my living driving ribs as a sailing coach and I can not imagine not having a steering knob; I always bring a spare on the road with me and install it on any rib I charter.

I'm on a rib solo 95% of the time. I consider it a safety feature as I am able steer the boat safely with one hand at slow speeds allowing one free hand to hold on to a ropes (buoy), the throttle or fiddle with something while moving.

Parallel parking a rib is a breeze with a steering knob.

In the States, a company called Edson sells the best one I've used, they are not cheap by any means but they are excellent with sealed ball bearings giving no play/wear and super smooth, the knob itself appears to be milled. All stainless and never had one jam up or rust out, extremely solid feel. Highly recommend. FYI: I have no connection with this company.

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I've also used many times with good results when I'm in a pinch is the cheap ones available at auto stores. The one pictured below is my preferred one, yes it has some play and can feel chintzy but they work but can't say for how long as I usually use that rib charter for 10 days up to 2 months. I just leave the knob on the that rib and buy a new one for each charter. I'm always afraid that one may break but in the last 10 years none have broke.

I do not like using knobs that are not on the same axis as the steering wheel for three reasons. The boat builder chose a certain diameter for that boat for the correct feel and peformace for that boat; second when knobs are mounted on the outside of existing wheel it can interfere with the clearance around the wheel giving your hand more chance of hitting something like the throttle or other items near the steering wheel. They are also more prone to slip/come loose/move while operating.

Link, I'm sure you can find the same one cheaper:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...elpful.Reviews

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I have an Edson on my RIB. Very handy in tight maneuvering situations where large steering inputs are made quickly. I jury-rigged a little bracket to put the knob slightly inside the diameter of the wheel so I could still use the rim of the wheel uninterrupted.

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