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by GoldenDaze
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Installing trim tabs on a 160 Dauntless
Replies: 15
Views: 6764

Re: Installing trim tabs on a 160 Dauntless

Installation looks great!
by GoldenDaze
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: 2001 160 Dauntless has no fuses or circuit breakers
Replies: 9
Views: 1428

Re: 2001 160 Dauntless has no fuses or circuit breakers

Seems like a safe and reasonable thing to do!
by GoldenDaze
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Bought a DAUNTLESS 160
Replies: 4
Views: 575

Re: Bought a DAUNTLESS 160

Looks like you got yourself a really nice boat, she looks like she's in nearly perfect condition. Congratulations! As a long-time 160 Dauntless owner, I wouldn't hesitate to go a longer distance, but I'd keep an eye on the weather forecast. I've been out in as much as 4-5 foot breaking chop, and whi...
by GoldenDaze
Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: 2001 160 Dauntless has no fuses or circuit breakers
Replies: 9
Views: 1428

Re: 2001 160 Dauntless has no fuses or circuit breakers

The "BILGE" breaker, as you would expect, powers only the bilge pump. The 30A "MAIN" breaker powers everything else EXCEPT the engine, which has a heavy-gauge cable direct from the battery with no circuit breaker. In my 2003, like your 2000 and Ralph's 2001, the "MAIN" ...
by GoldenDaze
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Dauntless 160: Yamaha F90 v. F115
Replies: 12
Views: 2357

Re: Dauntless 160: Yamaha F90 v. F115

I am running a Mercury Trophy Plus 13-3/4x17 prop on a 2003 Mercury 115 4-stroke (the Yamaha powerhead version) with a 2.07:1 lower unit gear ratio. It's not as fast as the original Mercury Vengeance 13-1/8x16 (even though on paper the Trophy Plus has more pitch, in practice it does not) but it plan...
by GoldenDaze
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Dauntless 160: Yamaha F90 v. F115
Replies: 12
Views: 2357

Re: Dauntless 160: Yamaha F90 v. F115

Both those speeds seem a bit low. Historically 160 Dauntless owners with 90 HP engines tended to report top speeds around 38-39 MPH. With my 115 HP, I used to get 44-45 with the original stainless prop, and 42-43 MPH with the 4-blade Trophy Plus that I'm using now. It's slower but accelerates much b...
by GoldenDaze
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Dauntless 160: Round 2
Replies: 11
Views: 1955

Re: Dauntless 160: Round 2

I'm sticking with recommending the trim tabs. The lower unit hydrofoil just can't compare. This weekend I was boating on Smith Mountain Lake as hurricane Dorian blew past along the coast. We were far enough inland to only get clouds and some gusty wind, raising about 1-foot whitecaps. Not a big deal...
by GoldenDaze
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2000 Dauntless 160 Static Trim
Replies: 4
Views: 1322

Re: 2000 Dauntless 160 Static Trim

I agree, you are fine. My boat sits about the same in salt water, maybe slightly higher. In fresh water she sits perhaps just slightly lower than where you are. Certainly there's no major difference.

-Bob
by GoldenDaze
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 2003 DAUNTLESS 160 Sea Trial
Replies: 7
Views: 2598

Re: 2003 DAUNTLESS 160 Sea Trial

The 160 Dauntless is a great little boat, I've had mine for 16 years. I think that 90 HP is marginal, but at least the classic 90 2-stroke has more torque than the 90 4-stroke which I really wouldn't recommend. As Phil and others mentioned, trim tabs make a huge difference on this boat. It is a bit ...
by GoldenDaze
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: SeaStar Hydraulic Bleeding
Replies: 4
Views: 2713

Re: SeaStar Hydraulic bleeding

I laughed out loud because of how brilliant this idea is! What a time-saver. My only concern would be that when I installed my hydraulic steering and bled it, I had millions of tiny bubbles in the bleed output that took quite a few minutes to separate out. I'd be a little concerned about re-introduc...
by GoldenDaze
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2003 160 DAUNTLESS Has Gasoline Odor in Middle Console
Replies: 9
Views: 3033

Re: 2003 160 DAUNTLESS Has Gasoline Odor in Middle Console

That is perfectly normal. As Butch said, the fuel tank is poly(ethylene?) and it allows a bit of odor to pass through. Since you're storing the boat indoors, I'd suggest leaving the center console door open and removing the motor well access hatch to minimize odor buildup. As a 2003 model, you shoul...
by GoldenDaze
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 160 DAUNTLESS: Problems Installng BAYSTAR Steering
Replies: 7
Views: 2484

Re: 160 DAUNTLESS: Problems Installng BAYSTAR Steering

Millie, my support bracket installation looks exactly like yours. It's been a few years now and I don't recall how easily the brackets went into the tilt tube, but I think it should be able to rotate. However, when I tilt my motor the whole tilt tube assembly turns in the mounting bracket so it does...
by GoldenDaze
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Re: 170 MONTAUK Hydraulic Steering Upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 4398

Re: 170 Montauk Hydraulic Steering Upgrade

Phil, it took me a couple of years but after I replaced the fuel lines this year I added the split loom covering. Looks good! I was going to move the primer bulb under the rear seat, but then I decided that having the bulb and extra fuel line connections in the bilge seemed like A Bad Idea. -Bob Pic...
by GoldenDaze
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Installing trim tabs on a 160 Dauntless
Replies: 15
Views: 6764

Re: Installing trim tabs on a 160 Dauntless

Let me clarify. The boat's electrical system originally had an 8ga wire from the positive battery terminal to a 30A circuit breaker. From there, a wire (10ga I believe) ran up to the instrument panel and jumped across all the panel breakers. I originally pulled off the accessory breaker to feed the ...
by GoldenDaze
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Installing trim tabs on a 160 Dauntless
Replies: 15
Views: 6764

Re: Installing trim tabs on a 160 Dauntless

Yes, run the cables through the starboard rigging tunnel with the steering lines and the battery cables. I also recently rewired my 12V accessories; I had previously pulled a +12V supply from the gauge cluster, but now I ran a dedicated wire from the main 30A breaker to power the trim tabs, GPS/fish...
by GoldenDaze
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Installing trim tabs on a 160 Dauntless
Replies: 15
Views: 6764

Re: Installing trim tabs on a 160 Dauntless

It's pretty simple as you only need two things. The trim tabs come as a set and include the mounting hardware and the cables. You have the choice of electro-polished or not Here's an example (I tend to get a lot of my boating supplies from defender.com but there are plenty of suppliers). https://www...
by GoldenDaze
Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Modern Gray Fuel Hose: friend or foe?
Replies: 2
Views: 3006

Modern Gray Fuel Hose: friend or foe?

There's certainly been plenty written about the evils of gray fuel line, how it disintegrates, and how it causes all sorts of problems. Some say that's still the case, while others contend that modern gray fuel line doesn't have these problems. Here's a look from my own experience with my 2003 160 D...
by GoldenDaze
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: New Evinrude E-TEC G2 Three-cylinder Engines
Replies: 12
Views: 4525

Re: New Evinrude E-TEC G2 Three-cylinder Engines

I find that horsepower curve very interesting. First, let's assume it's accurate. Horsepower is defined as (torque * RPM)/5252. At 4500 RPM the engine is making 124 HP, thus the torque is 124 * 5252 / 4500 = 144.7 foot pounds. When the RPM increases to 5000, horsepower output increases only very sli...
by GoldenDaze
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Four-blade and Three-blade Propeller
Replies: 30
Views: 11235

Re: Four-blade and Three-blade Propeller

I also had very good success going from a 3-blade to a 4-blade propeller on my 160 Dauntless. In short, she accelerates much more quickly, gets on plane faster, and has a smoother ride in chop. It cost me 2 MPH that I've never missed. Details at http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum4/HTML/004868.html ...
by GoldenDaze
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2019 170 MONTAUK Retail Prices
Replies: 36
Views: 7895

Re: 2019 170 MONTAUK Retail Prices

Well, I guess it's nice to catch one's own mistakes before somebody else does. :-/ My post above would be accurate if I bought my boat in 1993. But since it was 2003 (duh!), that $23,725 is equivalent to only $32,682 in 2019 dollars. So that new 170 Dauntless is actually 24% more expensive in real d...
by GoldenDaze
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2019 170 MONTAUK Retail Prices
Replies: 36
Views: 7895

Re: 2019 170 MONTAUK Retail Prices

We all think that the prices of new boats are outrageous. Well, Jim's link to the inflation tool prompted me to look at the cost of my 2003 160 Dauntless vs. a new 2019 170 Dauntless. The boats aren't exactly comparable but they are pretty close. In 2003, I paid $22,925 for my boat with a 115 4-stro...
by GoldenDaze
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 2000 Dauntless 16 engine mounting height, trim tabs, 3 to 4 blade prop
Replies: 33
Views: 8065

Re: 2000 Dauntless 16 engine mounting height

Regarding getting and keeping the 160 Dauntless on plane, consider putting on a set of trim tabs. I added the Lenco limited-space tabs to my 160 last year and the results were really great, much better than with a hydrofoil on the lower unit. See http://continuouswave.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&...
by GoldenDaze
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: The 2019 Potomac River Swim is looking for a few good Whalers!
Replies: 1
Views: 1838

The 2019 Potomac River Swim is looking for a few good Whalers!

Early each summer, 40 or so moderately crazy swimmers make a 7.5 mile crossing of the mouth of the Potomac River, from the Northern Neck of Virginia to Point Lookout State Park in Maryland. The swimmers are escorted by kayaks, and the kayaks in turn are escorted by Whalers (and sometimes some non-Wh...
by GoldenDaze
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Open or Closed Cell Foam in c.1979 Boat
Replies: 18
Views: 3498

Re: Open or Closed Cell Foam in c.1979 Boat

Regarding open- and closed-cell foam, here's a quote from the Wikipedia article on "foam" at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foam : "Solid foams can be closed-cell or open-cell. In closed-cell foam, the gas forms discrete pockets, each completely surrounded by the solid material. In ope...
by GoldenDaze
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 160 Dauntless Re-power Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE
Replies: 16
Views: 4907

Re: 160 Dauntless Re-power Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE

Thank you Jim! Just trying to give back a little for all that I've learned here over the past 15 years.
by GoldenDaze
Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 160 Dauntless Re-power Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE
Replies: 16
Views: 4907

Re: 160 Dauntless Re-power Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE

Hey Bryan--if that's the propeller you have, then I'd certainly give it a go first. On the hydraulic steering, I posted an article about my upgrade at http://continuouswave.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=3456&p=20810 . Now I have a new favorite upgrade, replacing the hydrofoil with trim tabs....
by GoldenDaze
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 160 Dauntless Re-power Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE
Replies: 16
Views: 4907

Re: 160 Dauntless Re-power Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE

Haha, 130, 160, whatever! It's all just numbers! Corrected previous post.
by GoldenDaze
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: 160 Dauntless Re-power Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE
Replies: 16
Views: 4907

Re: 160 Dauntless Re-power Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE

I have a 2003 Dauntless 160 with the original 2003 115 four-stroke-power-cycle engine. My engine has the same 2.07:1 gear ratio as the current 2019 Mercury 115 FOURSTROKE, and a reasonably similar RPM limit. (I believe mine is 6200, while the web page for the current engine says "5000-6000"...
by GoldenDaze
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Dauntless 16 re-power
Replies: 8
Views: 3740

Re: Dauntless 16 re-power

Lupi, while your engine is much newer than mine, has a different gear ratio and almost certainly a different torque curve, you might consider the Trophy Plus prop. I did a comparison of several props on my 160 Dauntless some years ago, see http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum4/HTML/004868.html , and ...
by GoldenDaze
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Water pump impeller price and quality
Replies: 16
Views: 3539

Re: Water pump impeller price and quality

I replace my impeller every 3 years. I mostly boat on deep fresh water, and the old ones come out looking brand new. But considering the consequences of impeller failure, it seems like cheap and easy insurance. For the same reason, I buy brand-name parts. Frequent replacement also ensures that the l...
by GoldenDaze
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Through-hull Fitting Repairs c.2004 NANTUCKET
Replies: 46
Views: 12890

Re: Through-hull Fitting Repairs c.2004 NANTUCKET

I'm sorry for what you had to go through, but the repair looks like nice work.
by GoldenDaze
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Dauntless 16 with Yamaha F100
Replies: 12
Views: 5227

Re: Dauntless 16 with Yamaha F100

Eagle1499, I've now had a chance to put about 25 hours on my 160 Dauntless since installing the Lenco 4x12" trim tabs. The results are fabulous! See my writeup at http://continuouswave.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=3860. This upgrade was well worth the cost and effort!
by GoldenDaze
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Installing trim tabs on a 160 Dauntless
Replies: 15
Views: 6764

Installing trim tabs on a 160 Dauntless

Every boat design is a compromise. For the 160 Dauntless, the designers gave a small boat a lot of beam, a huge 45 gallon internal fuel tank, and lots of storage space. The trade-off was that the boat is heavy for its size. Add to that the fact that the boat was designed in the waning days of 2-stro...
by GoldenDaze
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: Free to a good home: SE Sport 200 hydrofoil
Replies: 2
Views: 1303

Re: Free to a good home: SE Sport 200 hydrofoil

Hi Brian, I apologize for the long delay as I was on vacation without internet. The foil has already found a new home, sorry.
by GoldenDaze
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Ten Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 2221

Re: Gauging Difficulty (New Boater)

I've replaced the throttle and shift cables on my 160 Dauntless. Because they are not very flexible, I'd suggest pulling out the old cables and pulling through a messenger line, then using the messenger line to pull through the new cables. Maybe pull through another messenger line so you have one fo...
by GoldenDaze
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: Free to a good home: SE Sport 200 hydrofoil
Replies: 2
Views: 1303

Free to a good home: SE Sport 200 hydrofoil

This SE Sport 200 hydrofoil has been on my 160 Dauntless for almost 15 years; now replaced by trim tabs. It is showing its age, but as best I can tell is not broken or cracked in any way. Yours for the actual cost of shipping, tell me your zip and I'll tell you the cost.

-Bob
by GoldenDaze
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Dauntless 16 with Yamaha F100
Replies: 12
Views: 5227

Re: Dauntless 16 with Yamaha F100

Yes, I saw the thread about the Nantucket transom , and it led me to give my through-hulls a good inspection. Both the motor well drains were loose, as was the bilge drain. One of the cockpit drain transom fittings was loose and cracked at the base (great recipe for a sinking if it wasn't a Whaler) ...
by GoldenDaze
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: Dauntless 16 with Yamaha F100
Replies: 12
Views: 5227

Re: Dauntless 16 performance

GoldenDaze wrote:Lenco has some narrow 4" trim tabs that *should* fit, just barely, inside the swim ladder. These are on my "do this someday" list


Now it's on my "almost done" list. I'll let you all know in a week or two how well they work.
by GoldenDaze
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2004 NANTUCKET OEM Deck Plate
Replies: 3
Views: 1390

Re: 2004 NANTUCKET OEM Deck Plate

Chuck at Boston Whaler [is quoted elsewhere that] the replacement part is Hi Tide Manufacturing part #2301603, and that Sue at Twin Cities Marine can procure them.
by GoldenDaze
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Odd Squares on a 1989 22 Outrage
Replies: 6
Views: 1960

Re: Odd Squares on a 1989 22 Outrage

On larger boats, this is pretty typical. The bottom gets a few coats of bottom paint with the boat on stands, then when the boat's ready to launch they lift it in the TravelLift straps, slap a quick coat of paint where the stands were, and launch--often just a few minutes later. It's pretty clear wh...
by GoldenDaze
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Source for Device to Install Buttons and Clips on Vinyl Cushions
Replies: 7
Views: 2423

Re: Source for Device to Install Buttons and Clips on Vinyl Cushions

I have one very much like what Phil showed from West Marine. Might even be the same thing, I don't remember where I got it from. In any event, it works great and is very easy to use.
by GoldenDaze
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Through-hull Fitting Repairs c.2004 NANTUCKET
Replies: 46
Views: 12890

Re: Through-hull Fitting Repairs c.2004 NANTUCKET

This thread scared the hell out of me, so I went and inspected all the through-hulls on my 2003 160 Dauntless. The large cockpit drains were fine and the bilge pump outlet seems fine The large cockpit drains were definitely NOT fine. Both of the L-flange fittings at the back of the cockpit were loo...
by GoldenDaze
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Mounting new SONAR Transducer to Transom
Replies: 6
Views: 1989

Re: Mounting new SONAR Transducer to Transom

There's not a lot of room in the rigging tunnel, so I'd go with approach (a) because the plug at the console end is smaller than the transducer.
by GoldenDaze
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2004 NANTUCKET OEM Deck Plate
Replies: 3
Views: 1390

Re: 2004 NANTUCKET OEM Deck Plate

Hi Henry! Looks like you're talking about part #9 in this drawing: Nantucket deck plate.png That's a Viking PTL-10 deck plate . Unfortunately, this kayaking site says that Viking is out of business and all parts are discontinued. I found a few parts listed online, but all showed "out of stock&q...
by GoldenDaze
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Mounting new SONAR Transducer to Transom
Replies: 6
Views: 1989

Re: Mounting new SONAR Transducer to Transom

I recently replaced a SONAR transducer, and of course the new mounting holes did not line up with the old mounting holes. I cut a small rectangle from some leftover KING Starboard, mounted it to the hull using the old mounting holes and some 3M 4200, then drilled the Starboard for the new mounting h...
by GoldenDaze
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Through-hull Fitting Repairs c.2004 NANTUCKET
Replies: 46
Views: 12890

Re: Through-hull Fitting Repairs c.2004 NANTUCKET

Even if the plastic through hulls are okay, I would consider removing them, coating the hole in epoxy and then re-installing the hardware with marine sealant.. Yes, that's certainly a good idea even for the "good" through-hulls. Really, the quality of these boats, while perhaps imperfect,...
by GoldenDaze
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Through-hull Fitting Repairs c.2004 NANTUCKET
Replies: 46
Views: 12890

Re: Through-hull Fitting Repairs c.2004 NANTUCKET

This thread scared the hell out of me, so I went and inspected all the through-hulls on my 2003 160 Dauntless. The large cockpit drains were fine and the bilge pump outlet seems fine, but both the motor well drains and the bilge drain were loose. One I could pull out with my fingers, the others need...
by GoldenDaze
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 170 Dauntless: Baystar steering is heavy
Replies: 14
Views: 3558

Re: 170 Dauntless: Baystar steering is heavy

I'm looking at the Mercury website, at the 115-150 four strokes , and the photo on the web page does not show a trim tab. So I pulled down the brochure linked from that page, and sure enough, most of the engines in the brochure don't show trim tabs either. Only the 25-60 hp four strokes have a trim ...
by GoldenDaze
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Re: 170 MONTAUK Hydraulic Steering Upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 4398

Re: 170 MONTAUK Hydraulic Steering Upgrade

Installing Hydraulic Steering by Bob Kurtz My 2003 Boston Whaler 160 Dauntless came from the factory with Teleflex No Feedback cable steering with a tilt-helm. This system prevents the wheel from turning due to engine forces; the wheel simply stays wherever you put it. Although it had an odd dead s...
by GoldenDaze
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 170 MONTAUK: Hose type, Hose Length for Hydraulic Steering
Replies: 2
Views: 1901

Re: 170 Montauk Hydraulic Steering Upgrade

A few years ago I replaced the Teleflex no-feedback cable steering in my 2003 160 Dauntless with the Baystar hydraulic system. The installation was in fact pretty straightforward, and the results are great -- possibly the best upgrade I've made to the boat. I bought the kit with the tilt helm, which...