Hobie 16 Stick Steering With Hobie Tiller Extension Secured To Rudder Tie Bar With Velcro Strap
Category: Hobie re-rigging
Problem: The overall problem is having a way to use stick steering on the Hobie. This is attempt number two. (See Hobie Trolling Motor Stick Steering Rope Attachment and Tightening Rig) The bent aluminum tube that I used to attach the starboard tiller to the stick steering rod was attached to the tiller arm with hose clamps and reinforced by a bent aluminum rod. After a few outings, the bent aluminum tube broke where it was bent the most and ironically enough, the place that was reinforced by the aluminum rod. A more robust modification was required.
Action: As it turned out, the bent aluminum tube was still usable, so I devised a gusset made from pressure treated plywood that I was able to attach the broken pieces with screws into the wood, notched out attachment points for the hose clamps to go around the tiller, and reinforced the overall attachment with a large hose clamp. The position of the arm can be rotated up or down by loosening and tightening the hose clamps attaching it to the tiller arm. In addition, to make sure that the Hobie tiller was out of the way, I secured it to the tiller connection bar with a Velcro strap which assures that it does not interfere with the movement of the steering rig. But it will be available should it be needed, in case the stick steering fails again.
Result: It worked great!
When idea was conceived: 8/11/2015
How much time it took to develop: 2 hours
How much money it took to develop: None – had all the parts
Current status: Removed when sold the boat
Since it was originally done: