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Steering Wheels on new Whalers
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posted 01-10-2003 11:09 AM ET (US)
Does anyone know of an OEM source for the stainless three spoke with spinner knob steering wheels used on the new Whalers?
posted 01-10-2003 01:39 PM ET (US)
I believe that they are made by Schmitt.
Boat US carries them.
posted 01-10-2003 08:06 PM ET (US)
You might also try www.gemmarine.com
posted 01-11-2003 02:28 PM ET (US)
According to some comments made in response to Cetacea Page 69, the steering wheel used on the new 320 Outrage is custom made for Boston Whaler. The vendor was not specified.
posted 01-11-2003 05:38 PM ET (US)
I bought a Schmitt midway through last season for my Conquest.
I swear it's the best improvement I've made to my boat yet. I couldn't live without a spinner now.
Schmitt makes a Destroyer and three-spoke version. I went for the three-spoke. Quality is excellent; a vast improvement over the standard Destroyer wheel.
posted 01-12-2003 02:55 PM ET (US)
Is that wheel easily installed? I'd like put on my 275 Conquest.
posted 01-13-2003 10:42 PM ET (US)
Mine went on in a snap. There's a bolt under the cap. Sometimes you need a wheel-puller, but I didn't.
The new one goes on the same way the old one came off.
posted 01-14-2003 01:37 PM ET (US)
Thanks Dave, that will be a first on my list this spring. I'll see if I can pick one up at Boat US this week.
posted 01-14-2003 05:31 PM ET (US)
Gentleman: This might be a dumb question but what is the advantage of having a spinner? Are the steering wheels of larger Whalers harder to turn? When do they come in handy?
posted 01-14-2003 07:24 PM ET (US)
Its just another gadget for the big toy in my case. The wheel looks nice at the helm and the spinner makes it a conveinent one hand steer when needed. Why not.....
posted 01-14-2003 09:23 PM ET (US)
I am afraid it would be a knee buster on my Montauk. Sure would be nice to have at times.
Had one on the wheel of my 49 Ford in high school though.
posted 01-14-2003 11:30 PM ET (US)
While trolling, I like to sit in the passenger seet of my Conquest with my feet resting across the helm seet. Makes it easier to watch the lines and still see ahead. The spinner knob makes it easier to steer with your feet and toes.
posted 01-15-2003 02:51 PM ET (US)
I bought a cheap spinner on E-bay for like $12. I put it on my Montauk and love it. You have to be careful where you mount it(too low) because it will catch your shirt and gets annoying. I think it is great when you have to really spin that wheel while parking. I can get the Schmitt takeoffs for like $120 for the 15" and $100 for the 13". It looks identical for the most part with the spinner, etc. All SS. I thought about getting one but can't justify it for looks only being my destroyer works just fine.
posted 01-15-2003 02:54 PM ET (US)
I believe it is the gemlux that is available cheap. the nut does not come with it I believe and that is another $20.
posted 01-15-2003 07:41 PM ET (US)
Like Bill, I also like to sit in the passenger seat and steer with my foot...but a gadget?
No, not hardly.
Try taking your engine from hard port to hard starboard as quick as you can, or vice-versa...it might be easy for an outboard, but I have an IO. I used to stick my finger in the spokes and spin like hell, but that kinda hurts after a while. With a spinner-knob I grab on hard and let 'er rip.
Why is this important? I can back my 23 Conquest down into nearly any slip and I look like a master.
Crowded gas dock? No problem. Back out of the ramp between boats? Easy. More control when I steer with my foot? Yup.
Learn how to use one, and you'll make other skippers look like knuckleheads in the tight stuff.
Every boat should have one.
posted 01-15-2003 11:17 PM ET (US)
Dave, you are absolutely correct! Couldn't have said it better... happy Whalin'.. clark.. Spruce Creek Navy
|stephen 93 outrage||
posted 01-20-2003 11:12 AM ET (US)
Edson exspensive but beautiful!
Love the $32.00 nut in the middle!
posted 01-25-2003 05:55 PM ET (US)
What size steering wheels go on a Montauk 13" or 15"? Do you think one of these spinner type wheels would work well on a Montauk or would it get in the way due to limited space?
posted 01-28-2003 01:37 PM ET (US)
15" on all classics. I think the newer 13's use a 13"....kinda tiny.
GGschmidt is right down the road from me. Never noticed it before.
posted 01-28-2003 03:07 PM ET (US)
When I rebuilt my Montauk I put a new 13.5" destroyer type wheel. It bugs me now because I think it it too small. I think I will get a 15" Schmitt.
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