The simplest and least expensive steering system
is a stick attached to the rudder. But that usually means sitting
out in a cockpit when you drive and that can be miserable, so
many people, especially with power boats, want some sort of a
steering system. The easiest way to do that is simply order a
new hydraulic system from the catalog. But, there's plenty of
other ways of hooking up remote steering that work well too, and
if money is any issue, some of the more traditional ideas might
be just the thing. Actually, even if money is NOT an issue. There's
something to be said for pure simplicity and the ability to repair
all parts of a system shipboard. Here's a few things I've seen
walking the docks recently.
|| This fine old sailboat
is likely ending her days here in Brookings, Oregon. Her steering
system is a tiller connected to the rudder post. The photos below
show what happens then.....
|| The tiller extends into
a deck box, and steering cables come down the sides of the pilot
house, through the box, and connect to the tiller.
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|| Here now is the actual
steering station. As you've seen, the tiller is attached to the
rudder post (top photo). There's ropes that run down the sides
of the deck and over to the tiller (middle photo). The ropes
then go on down the deck, or rather in this case down the side
of the house, into the house to the main wheel (not shown) and
then on to this outside station. Don't let the disrepair of this
boat put you off the appeal of the simple steering system. This
is a good setup.