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sebastko
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Initially Posted - 07/11/2022 :  19:54:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi,
There is very little room to maneuver with the outboard motor on my 1996 C250 - I can turn left (tiller right), but cannot turn right much (the outboard's tiller is blocked by the fuel tank compartment). I can of course steer with just the rudder, but I believe that would be much more efficient with the inboard motor (such that prop wash goes through the rudder) - with the outboard motor, I need some momentum for the rudder to be effective, i.e., there is a delay. (Please correct me if my understanding is wrong about any of this!)

I bumped into this photo of a C250 on the Internet (the pic is NOT MINE):



Looks like they installed the outboard on a bracket aft from transom (I assume something like https://www.catalinadirect.com/shop-by-boat/capri-22/hull-deck/stern/motor-mounts/outboard-motor-mount-four-spring/ ?), added remote controls and connected the outboard with the rudder via some kind of connector -- in their ad (https://sailingtexas.com/201601/scatalina250171.html) they called it "Custom Steering Linkage so Tiller, Rudder and Engine move as one". It seems like such setup could solve my problems and make me more agile in the docking situations :) Has anyone here experiment with such setup? Where could I find a part to link the rudder with the motor? Any downsides to such setup that you can think of?

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TakeFive
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Response Posted - 07/11/2022 :  20:17:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I installed a hard link between the rudder and outboard. For my motor, there was no need for a bracket, and having the motor directly on the transom eliminated any need for remote throttle/shift control. Having the motor's tiller in the up position enabled greater range of motion, though you will have to verify whether your own outboard has the right dimensions for this to work.

Here are some links to past posts where I described what I did:

https://www.sailnet.com/threads/outboard-rudder-question-noob-alert.344444/#post-2051748140

https://www.catalina-capri-25s.org/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=32179&SearchTerms=link

https://www.catalina-capri-25s.org/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=31739&SearchTerms=link

https://www.catalina-capri-25s.org/forum/topic.asp?ARCHIVE=true&TOPIC_ID=20807&whichpage=3

Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
PO of Take Five, 1998 Catalina 250WK #348 (relocated to Baltimore's Inner Harbor)
New owner of 2001 Catalina 34MkII #1535 Breakin' Away (at Rock Hall Landing Marina)
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sebastko
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Response Posted - 07/12/2022 :  09:34:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is great - will read your earlier posts carefully and will probably try to build something similar. Thank you! :)

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Stinkpotter
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Response Posted - 07/12/2022 :  18:45:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Search our archive for “soft link” for a different approach. (Search -- C-250 forum — include archives — Subject). Arlyn Stewart is the inventor, maybe earlier than our archive covers. If you want more, select “Entire message”.

Dave Bristle
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PO of 1985 C-25 SR/FK #5032 Passage, ex-OUPV,
Now on Eastern 27 $+!nkp*+ Sarge (but still sailing when I can).

Edited by - Stinkpotter on 07/12/2022 18:59:48
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