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 Post subject: Twin Steering
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:48 pm 
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I normally steer my PA with my left hand. Occasionally while fighting a fish, however, I find the need to make a steering correction with my right hand. Reaching across or over my legs, seat, etc., was possible but not terribly easy.

This afternoon I rigged a simple linkage that allows me to steer the PA with either hand, effortlessly. It worked out even better than I had hoped. It's completely unobtrusive and adds just that much more functionality to my PA.

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 Post subject: Re: Twin Steering
PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:03 pm 
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I rigged a simple linkage


Modest aren't you? That is pretty darn cool!

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 Post subject: Re: Twin Steering
PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:12 pm 
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There's really not that much to it. A couple screw eyes, two machine screws and a length of steel rod. But it works really well.


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 Post subject: Re: Twin Steering
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:25 am 
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Could you post some more picts... I am not sure what I am looking at. I understand the concept but do not see it in the one picture... thanks if you could .


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 Post subject: Re: Twin Steering
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:33 am 
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That's really all I have to show. A bolt has been extended from the bottom of the steering handle assembly placed at about 60 degrees left of the handle. A steel rod connects to that and then runs to the RH side of the side, supported by a small eye bolt suspended from the RH steering mount. The rod has been fashioned into a full 180 bend just beyond that, to keep it from pushing out into the rod/tackle storage area on the RH side. That's about it.


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 Post subject: Re: Twin Steering
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:57 am 
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Thanks thats all I needed... The wording explained what I did not see.. until I read your explaination.... great job...


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 Post subject: Re: Twin Steering
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:05 am 
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I might be able to take it off and photo just the linkage rod. Give me a few days to get to it. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Twin Steering
PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:38 am 
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Thats a very elegant and simple solution, thanks for posting it. Will try that myself.
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 Post subject: Re: Twin Steering
PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:45 am 
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Sweet! very elegant solution, thanks for the post, will try that myself
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 Post subject: Re: Twin Steering
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:29 pm 
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Here is an illustration of the general shape of the linkage rod. Because the steering cylinder travels in a circle, it's important to get the mounting bolt installed in the bottom of the steering plate so that the linkage can operate from full lock on both sides without pushing in the wrong direction. Otherwise once you go to full lock in one direction, you can't return to the opposite direction. Just be careful and take a hard look at the steering plate assembly to get this right in your head.

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