Aluminum boats are great for fishing lakes, ponds and shallow rivers. While most aluminum boats are operated by outboard motors using hand tillers, it is convenient to add a steering column to the boat. Steering columns on aluminum boats provide more accurate steering and efficient handling. There is also a safety benefit to having steering on aluminum boats since the operator does not have to twist and turn while steering, thereby possibly avoiding muscle strains.
Things You'll Need
- Console unit
- Steering wheel
- Throttle kit
- Conversion kit
- Self tapping metal screws
Measure the base of the steering console. Mark the measurements on the floor of the boat. Place console over the marked area and secure to the boat's floor by inserting the self tapping metal screws. The steering column is pre-attached to the console.
Attach the cables from the throttle kit to the connections under the steering column. The connections should be labeled for easy connection.
Extend the cables along the inside wall of the boat, from the console to the rear of the boat and attach to the outboard motor. Using the conversion kit for the outboard motor, connect the cables to the conversion kit. Secure the conversion kit in a convenient location near the motor.
- Photo Credit fishing boat image by Tammy Mobley from Fotolia.com
Ways to Modify Aluminum Jon Boats
For most jon boats a custom built console ... Marine parts dealers sell steering kits that include all the necessary parts to...
DIY Pontoon Boats
A console can house the steering and controls for the motor either built by you or purchased from numerous suppliers. ... DIY:...
How to Convert a Jon Boat Into a Jet Boat
Building a jon boat that utilizes a jet drive motor requires a bit of creativity ... it is best to use a...
How to Build Center Consoles for Boats
How to Build Center Consoles for Boats. ... How to Build a Wooden Skiff Center Console; How to Modify Aluminum Jon Boats;...
How to Add Power Steering to a Boat
When people talk about adding "power steering" to a boat, they may not realize that what they will end up doing is...
Boston Whaler Specifications
A tiller-steered 15 ML Mercury engine with an aluminum ... Standard features include center console steering and ... rams on your boat's...