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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:10 pm 
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My alternative steering system for the AI...IMHO works much better than the stock system...more precise control of the rudder...better leverage...can operate rudder with one or two controls...operates from either side of the boat...works great!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:36 pm 
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You been busy. Will have to check this out.

How did you do it?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:19 pm 
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Come on Ron. Your gunna have to give us a bit more info than that. Looks pretty impressive from what I can see. So I take it when one lever goes forward, the other goes back. Do the levers get in the way at all when you're moving about ? How big a holes did you have to punch in the side rails and how nervous were you in doing it? So many questions !!! Well done.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:44 pm 
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Duel controls! I like it! :)

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:49 pm 
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Mark, I'll show you on Monday
Slaughter, Thanks... it feels impressive...you're correct...one goes forward the other goes back...I have to be a little more aware of the stick when I mount but there is enough room unless you have a giant behind...once in the seat the handles are VERY comfortable to steer the boat...I can steer with both handles or one handle...I can lay on either tramp and easily steer..I cut a 2 1/2 in channel about 1/8 in wide with a drill and drimmel...the handle is a 1 in aluminum bar about 12 " long...bicycle grips...pretty easy mod...steering does not feel "mushy" like the old control...no thumb joint pain after sailing...it feels like I have control of the rudder for a change...you'll like it! :D Oh, nervous?...naaaaw...just another hole in the boat!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:36 am 
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Excellent mod for sailing on the starboard tramp!

Just needs the red trigger button now. :twisted:

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:08 am 
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This is modeled after the Fulmar steering controls, no?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:40 am 
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NOHUHU, Yes, this mod is very similar to the Fulmar steering system which has worked well over the years...

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:38 am 
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NOHUHU...you asked for it...you got it...the red button is connected to a relay that triggers the water balloon launchers... :twisted:

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Look out Mark, I'm coming for ya Monday!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:01 am 
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You drive a skid steer for a living?

Pretty cool!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:54 am 
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That's a great analogy Matt...I don't drive a skid steer for a living, I drive a Hobie Adventure Island for living!! :D

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:23 pm 
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Wow-what an innovative mod Ron! :shock:
Very impressive! 8)
I'm guessing the lines forward of the levers go around a block centrally mounted somewhere or two blocks, one on either side?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:34 pm 
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ron34422 wrote:
That's a great analogy Matt...I don't drive a skid steer for a living, I drive a Hobie Adventure Island for living!! :D
More like ... I live to sail my Hobie Adventure Island!! :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:25 pm 
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KB, I agree totally!

Stringy, Thanks for your nice comments...your correct about the lines going forward...I have a small block tied by a short line around the mast base that the forward line runs through...that short line is long enough to pull tension on the block to tighten the steering system...I took my AI out again today for another test...I shot some video steering while sitting on the stb tramp...works great!...the boat is much more responsive in a tack also...I can actually "snap" the bow around quickly when needed...I'm very happy with the results so far...It would be easy to attach some sort of tiller extension to either lever if you wanted to sit further back in the boat...I'll try to post the video later...

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