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Wet Foot posted 09-24-2003 04:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for Wet Foot   Send Email to Wet Foot  
Can anyone recommend a device for steering a kicker from the back of boat when tiller is hard to reach? When trolling with hand lines for walleye, we need to stay seated in the back of boat and steer the kicker. We can't walk to the steering wheel. My tiller is in an inconvenient location on my 2001 18 foot Dauntless. Extending the tiller straight ahead wont help. My kicker is a high thrust Yamaha 8HP 4 stroke.
Tom2697 posted 09-24-2003 05:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
My cousins had a jointed tiller on their old sailboat. It allowed you to sit anywhere without having to reach to control the tiller.

I'm sure their is something like this available to control a kicker motor. At least, I hope there is since when you find one, I want one too!!!

Bigshot posted 09-25-2003 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Get a remote control autopilot for your main steering, not too bad like $600.
andygere posted 09-25-2003 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I'd look into a telescopic tiller extension with a universal joint. Cabela's has one called the Troll'n Buddy for $39.
Tom2697 posted 09-25-2003 05:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
Andy has found the product I was thinking about...
ryanwhaler posted 09-25-2003 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
When I was on in Maine this summer I saw a cheap fix for this prolbem.

The boat owner took a peace of PVC pipeing and slid it on the tiller, as the pushed the pipe up the end of it cracked and held real tight.. . . I know its kind of a half ass'ed fix, but it works.

alkar posted 09-25-2003 11:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for alkar  Send Email to alkar     
If you're feeling rich you might want to look at a TR-1 Autopilot. You can steer your kicker from anywhere in the boat with a little control pad, or you can just give it a heading and let it do all the work. They're about $2400 installed.
Sal DiMercurio posted 09-26-2003 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
I trol about 30 hours a week & you don't need anything between the engines, just start the little one, set it to run straight & use the big engine thats shut off to steer.
The leg on the big engine is much bigger & you will steer just fine but wont be able to make a real tight turn.
Try it, you may be very surpized how well it works.

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