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Old 05-03-2018, 03:26 AM   #21
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Something less sophisticated but 100% reliable... my old Boat had some heavy fishing line wrapped around the steering wheel shaft, run up to the dash and over two small pulleys. Then I attached a small plastic ball to it. Simple and foolproof.
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Old 05-03-2018, 06:20 AM   #22
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If you wanted a low rudder angle the first owner should have talked to the boat assembler .

Offsetting the engine to one side, angeling the shaft, is the old way of causing a straight ahead rudder on single screw boats.
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$50 buys the lot from Amarine.

https://www.amazon.com/Amarine-made-...dder+indicator

https://www.amazon.com/Homyl-Rudder-...dder+indicator
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That looks very interesting. I also noticed a similar product at Fisheries Supply, although it is more money:

https://www.fisheriessupply.com/vdo-...-a2c1102950001
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I made one that is very accurate. I bought a universal fuel gage and sender. Hooked the sender up to the rudder linkage and when the gage is showing half full the rudder is centered.Cost under $35.00.
Cool idea!
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Good call as I said earlier a Kus System under 150 and that is even better
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Kenkís idea is a good one. The fuel sending unit with a float arm, take the float off and center the sending unit where half full is straight ahead. Should work on both port and starboard. Hard part would be securing the fixed part of the sending unit where half full reads straight ahead.
Yes, this is how I set it up. The sending unit is on it's side and to adjust the gage all I did was bend the heavy wire that the float was attached to. The needle on the fuel gage shows the exact rudder position. It took a little trail and error to get it setup, but now I find it very accurate.
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