These folks took a steering gear from a junked truck and adapted it to their boat. They said it's been in use for years without any hassles. This is actually common although I've never seen it done like this where the gear is on the stern of a double ender! But many many old powerboats from "Golden Pond Runabouts" to fishboats, use automotive steering systems.

   Here's an old cement hull that uses hydraulic steering on a "push-pull" lever. This is common double-ender treatment but must be very well installed because the strains on the fittings are severe....

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