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padrefigure posted 08-04-2015 03:52 PM ET (US)   Profile for padrefigure   Send Email to padrefigure  
I took the Whaler 13 out this weekend and it was a scream. Four adults, a dog, coolers and gear and the boat performed like a champ. I rebuilt the interior and installed Teleflex steering, but the 9 foot cable is too long, so I disconnected and just tiller steered on this outing. My power is a 1983 Johnson 35HP tiller, rope start. Here is my question.

I installed the swivel hickey thing on the inside wall of the transom for the steering cable, but this thing is clunky looking and creates more hardware for gear to get tangled up with. I cannot use the tilt tube and drag link steering because of the notched transom (the steering link hits the notch.

I was wondering if anyone ever built a set back bracket for the transom. If I could move the engine 4"-6" back from the transom, then I think I would have clearance for the steering drag link. I might be able to raise the engine an inch or so to shallow up the draft. The problem is the curve in the transom. I have not found a bracket that accommodates this.

Any ideas or suggestions out there?

jimh posted 08-05-2015 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
My suggestion is to click on the hyperlink below:

padrefigure posted 08-05-2015 11:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for padrefigure  Send Email to padrefigure     
Do you have any idea what was used to shim the bracket against the curved transom? I have a short shaft outboard, but could apply the same mounting concept to a set back bracket instead of riser bracket. The photos are beautiful.
jimh posted 08-06-2015 07:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I don't know what material was used to make the shims mentioned in the CETACEA article (linked above). I think you could make the shims from some decent hardwood. Something that would not get compressed too much.

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