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Installing Steerers and Controls (Pub. No. 5353)

by Bob Whittier

One of the projects most often undertaken by boaters is the installation of motor controls for the remote operation of steering, throttle and gearshift. Many large outboard motors are sold with tailored-to-fit throttle and shift control assemblies, while accessory firms offer a wide selectioa of steerers and motor controls which are adaptable to most makes of motors thanks to a selection of terminal fittings and attachments. At reasonable cost, and in a day or two of work it is possible to rig your own system in dependable and smooth-acting fashion. Remote controls add much to the pleasure, convenience and safety of outboard boating by putting the driver forward in the boat wbere over-the~bow visibility is best, and by affording firmer, more sensitive control of sttering. Although fine how-to-do-it instructions accompany these products, there is much background knowledge not in them which anyone would find helpful .

16 pages

Installing Transducers for Depth Sounders (Pub. No. 5630)

(Transom-mounted, through-hull mounted, and inside-hull mounted, as well as the indicating instrument.)

Here are the relative benefits of these three types of mounting, together with complete details on the best way to install each.

22 pages

Mounting Hardware on Fiberglass (Pub. No. 5735)

by V. Lee Oertle

Extra hardware on your boat will enhance its beauty as well as its utility. But mounting handles and chocks on fiber glass requires special know-how for a perfect job. To be an expert, just read this

When you buy a new small boat, especially an outboard, you probably will not notice the scant hardware included in the purchase price. The excitement of the moment can fade rapidly, however, the first time afloat. You pull up to a dock to refuel, the mate jumps onto the dock and starts clawing the smooth, tractionless fiber-glass deck, searching in vain for a handhold. In desperation he grabs at the steering wheel or the windshield bracket to stop the violent pitch and roll caused by the wash of other boats. You then begin to realize that a bow handle is not always quickly or easily grasped—and this is about the only piece of hardware included with the bill of sale. You want to tie your boat for a moment—but there are no mooring bits, chocks or cleats. The rise and fall of the boat bumps and scratches the new beauty of your boat, and you cringe at the lack of side bumpers. The freshly salted small-boat skipper mentally starts to file a list of accessories to install at the earliest opportunity. And it will be a wise investment from the standpoint of functional efficiency and increased evaluation of your boat through these improvements that add beauty and safety to the craft. What hardware you finally purchase will depend, of course, on your pocketbook, your taste and your particular need. The tools you’ll need to install this hardware are more standard, and include a small portable power drill, a screw driver and a handsaw. Since a great many new boats are of fiber-glass construction we shall deal here with the methods of installing hardware on this type of craft. Plywood and metal hulls require much the same treatment; but due to the extreme hardness and slick surface of fiber-glass hulls, the beginner boatman may encounter more difficulty in drilling holes and placing screws.

8 pages

Covering Decks with Fiberglass (Pub. No. 5785)

How fiberglass can be used as an alternative to canvas in sealing decks against leaks, and adding to structural strength as well.

Many letters have come to me on fiberglass construction. They have come from all parts of the United States and some from Canada and they all ask many questions about the material and its applications. The questions most often posed were: How can I use fiberglass on my present boat? Would it make a better covering for cabin tops and decks than canvas? What are its insulating properties and non-skid values? Will it bond with wood without heat and high pressures? Fiberglass is ideally suited for covering wood decks and cabin tops and while providing armor plate protection will, in addition, add considerably to the structural strength of the boat.

12 pages

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