I need a complete "side-stick steering" system for a long/narrow Ft Worth-built "creek boat" from 1970 that I've found (in good shape) "semi-abandoned" in a barn near Austin, except that the "stick steering" was STOLEN off the boat, while it was at a storage lot in Buda.
(The hull is far too narrow for a steering wheel.)
IF anyone reading this post has a COMPLETE & FUNCTIONAL stick-steer "set up" & that's surplus to your needs, PLEASE email me with photos & your price.
IF that is the system that I recently saw at a local marine store, it's NOTHING like the systems of the late 60s & early 70s.
(For starters it seemed to have been made in Red China & had lots of plastic. = The system on my 1969 "Cajun" was ALL stainless steel, pulleys & cables, except the wooden ball on the handle.)
I'd REALLY like one of an early boat, if possible. - Nonetheless, THANKS for the response.
For those of us who are RVN-era vets, buying from the Chinese ARMY (Or WORSE from the Chinese Secret Police agency that sells a lot of "stuff" made in their prison/slave labor camps.) isn't something that we GIs aren't "real fond of" and, truthfully, I'm an "EOF", these days.
WOW. I'm IMPRESSED.
(We have more REAL experts here than any place that I know of.)
Nonetheless, I'm still SEEKING an original 60s or early 70s mechanical stick-steering system for the little TOP TENNER "creek boat" hull.
It's about 15.75x3 feet with 16" sides & will "wear" my electric-starting Evinrude 18HP. = The "creek boat" will be my dedicated crappie-fishing machine. It has a built-in 10-gallon minnow well & a larger live well & both have air pumps, too.
(It's NOT big enough for a regular steering wheel.)