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Offline bizler

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Steering stick relocation
« on: June 06, 2013, 03:20:08 PM »
Using an idea from the Voyager, I modified my steering control to the vertical arrangement in order to gain a little room without cutting a hole in the gunwale.  To do this, I fabricated a new steering lever from aluminum tubing and machined fittings.

 Since I haul my Mokai on a flatbed trailer with my pontoon boat on a rack above it, I need to be able to clear the deck, so to speak, when unloading and loading.  I added a snap pin that enables the release of the lever so it rotates down out of the way.  Also when the stick is rotated down, it provides quite a bit more room to get my 6', 210 lb body in the cockpit.

If I've done things correctly there should be three photos attached.

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Re: Steering stick relocation
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2013, 09:38:31 PM »
Good deal.........great work.

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Re: Steering stick relocation
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2013, 09:54:56 AM »
Nice work, Bizler.  Especially the way you fold the lever down.  How is the steering effort with this setup?

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Re: Steering stick relocation
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2013, 12:03:22 PM »
It does require a little more effort than the longer lever standard version.  And it takes a little getting accoustomed to the change grip from horizontal but it does provide better access to the cockpit, which was my goal.  Thanks.

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Re: Steering stick relocation
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2018, 11:03:41 PM »
I have admired Tomís steering stick relocation since he introduced it and made it available in his store but I have this aversion to cutting a hole in the gunwale that has kept me from adding it to my boat. I had modified my stick to provide some of the benefits of the vertical attitude but mine didnít have the mechanical advantage of Tomís. At the time that I did mine, I was hauling my pontoon boat on a rack above my Mokai and the vertical stick interfered with loading and unloading, so I made it so it could be pivoted down out of the way.  I also prefer to have the stick behind the windshield because it protects my hand from spray and cold air in the winter. 

I purchased one of the new cables that Tom has just added to his store with the idea that it could help reduce the steering effort.  Well, this inspired me to see what I could do to improve my system and maintain my objectives, no slot in the gunwale, minimal new holes in the hull, stick behind the windshield and pivoting handle so the cockpit cover would still work. So here is what I have come up with. I do not intend to build additional units.

I have not yet installed the new cable because I wanted to see how it all worked first.


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Re: Steering stick relocation
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2018, 11:15:06 PM »
That's pretty slick, Bill. Nice job! I would highly recommend two things, first being a piece of 16g sheet metal under the deck between the hull and the hull brace. Surprised your hull hasn't cracked there yet, that is a high pressure area with such a small brace rod diameter. Second being the new cable, I think you're really going to notice a big difference with it!  \./8
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Re: Steering stick relocation
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2018, 07:45:30 AM »
Wish you're my neighbor.
looking forward to your review of Tom's new cable.
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Re: Steering stick relocation
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2018, 10:55:18 AM »
That's pretty slick, Bill. Nice job! I would highly recommend two things, first being a piece of 16g sheet metal under the deck between the hull and the hull brace. Surprised your hull hasn't cracked there yet, that is a high pressure area with such a small brace rod diameter. Second being the new cable, I think you're really going to notice a big difference with it!  \./8

Thanks for the tip on the hull brace reinforcement. I think I will add a large diameter fender washer on each side.

I am planning on adding a few lightening holes to the backing plates when I take it off to paint it. Then I will incorporate the new cable when I put the unit back in place.

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Re: Steering stick relocation
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2018, 12:33:13 PM »
Great work Bill !!!