How to add steering to an aluminum fishing boat

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How to add steering to an aluminum fishing boat
Aluminium boats handle much better with steering columns. (fishing boat image by Tammy Mobley from

Aluminium boats are great for fishing lakes, ponds and shallow rivers. While most aluminium boats are operated by outboard motors using hand tillers, it is convenient to add a steering column to the boat. Steering columns on aluminium boats provide more accurate steering and efficient handling. There is also a safety benefit to having steering on aluminium boats since the operator does not have to twist and turn while steering, thereby possibly avoiding muscle strains.

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Things you need

  • Console unit
  • Steering wheel
  • Throttle kit
  • Conversion kit
  • Self tapping metal screws

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  1. 1

    Measure the base of the steering console. Mark the measurements on the floor of the boat. Place console over the marked area and secure to the boat's floor by inserting the self tapping metal screws. The steering column is pre-attached to the console.

  2. 2

    Attach the cables from the throttle kit to the connections under the steering column. The connections should be labelled for easy connection.

  3. 3

    Extend the cables along the inside wall of the boat, from the console to the rear of the boat and attach to the outboard motor. Using the conversion kit for the outboard motor, connect the cables to the conversion kit. Secure the conversion kit in a convenient location near the motor.

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