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#11016370 - 08/03/15 06:45 AM Jon boat steering - best option
Pickandgrin13 Offline
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Registered: 08/01/15
Posts: 16
Loc: Denton, TX
I picked up a 25hp Johnson outboard yesterday. It came with a control box and cables for the throttle and transmission, as well as a steering wheel and cable. Currently, there's really no place or room in the boat for a steering wheel so I'm trying to be creative. Right now I'm thinking I have two options:

1. Mount the steering wheel to the side of the boat and use it that way (instead of being mounted in front of the driver)

2. See if there's a box, similar to the one for the throttle and transmission, that controls the steering. Or perhaps a new box that has a lever for steering, throttle and transmission.

I had originally intended on getting a tiller steer motor, but this motor I picked up was such a good deal I couldn't pass it up. I'm trying to preserve space in this relatively small boat, so adding a console isn't really an option.

Thanks for the suggestions.


Edited by Pickandgrin13 (08/03/15 07:03 AM)

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#11017510 - 08/03/15 04:39 PM Re: Jon boat steering - best option [Re: Pickandgrin13]
Bob Landry Offline
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Registered: 08/10/11
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Loc: Austin, Tx
Converting that motor to tiller steering is going to be costly and time consuming. If you are dead set against a console and the motor was really that good a deal, make a few bucks by selling it and keep looking for something that suits your needs.
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#11017524 - 08/03/15 04:44 PM Re: Jon boat steering - best option [Re: Pickandgrin13]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 01/25/05
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Im with bob, converting is about your only option to make it functional and it is cost prohibitive. I converted an electric start to pull start and that was bad enough as it was. I wouldn't recommend it. Sell it and find a tiller.

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#11017733 - 08/03/15 06:30 PM Re: Jon boat steering - best option [Re: Pickandgrin13]
Pickandgrin13 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 08/01/15
Posts: 16
Loc: Denton, TX
I'm not converting the motor. The motor was never a tiller. I was originally going to get a tiller but opted for the motor with steering. So, my question remains: how best to add steering to a Jon boat that does not have a console.


Edited by Pickandgrin13 (08/03/15 06:31 PM)

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#11017846 - 08/03/15 07:20 PM Re: Jon boat steering - best option [Re: Pickandgrin13]
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Registered: 10/14/12
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the cheapest way would be to mount the controls to the right side bulkhead and build a little side console to mount the steering wheel. all you really have to have is a dash big enough to mount the steering helm and a brace on one side of it, the bulkhead will be the brace on the other side.
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#11018299 - 08/03/15 09:30 PM Re: Jon boat steering - best option [Re: Pickandgrin13]
Pickandgrin13 Offline
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Registered: 08/01/15
Posts: 16
Loc: Denton, TX
I saw one of those aluminum side-mounted consoles. Basically they're just a shelf. It's not a bad idea. Initially, I think we're going to try and mount the steering wheel sideways (with a suicide knob) below the throttle/transmission control box...but the side-mount is tempting.


Edited by Pickandgrin13 (08/03/15 09:31 PM)

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