Hobie 16 Electric Motor Steering Line Routing
Category: Hobie re-rigging
Problem: I added an electric trolling motor bracket to the back bar of the trampoline. Initially I had attached a stick for steering, which worked fairly well, however, I had to attend to it all the time. In addition to steering with the motor, I was also steering with the rudders. When I happened to let the motor steering stick go, because it was pushing, it would easily go off course. Action: I decided to eliminate the steering stick and find a way to steer the motor using lines. I did a number of things, the most important was securing a PVC pipe to the bottom of the motor, extending forward about one foot. I then tied lines, one running to either side of the boat from the front of the stick, around up through the tramp and into where I could manipulate them. To assure that the motor would remain centered if I wasn’t attending to the lines, I attached a bungee cord to either side and attached it to the trampoline. This way once I let the motor go, it would be centered and I could just steer with the rudders. But, if I needed more severe steering, I could use the lines. Result: It worked great! When idea was conceived: 9/25/2015 How much time it took to develop: 1 hour How much money it took to develop: $30 Current status: Since it was originally done: After a trial run, I found that the lines coming from the steering stick in front of the motor really did not fall in a position that was easy for me to access while I was in my center seat position. I routed those to near the front of the Hobie trampoline, right behind my line console, and tied them together so I could then easily move them from one side to the other and they would also be neatly arranged. After some time I repositioned the motor so this rig was disassembled and replaced.