The Central Console will take riding comfort to the next level and will put you in a total control of your boat. It is similar to the difference between driving a car and riding a bicycle.
Assembly of the complete steering console system, including installation of a rotary steering control is an easy do-it-yourself project. You will need rotary steering system, 4 to 7' cable, and steering wheel. All of these are sold in any marine store and on-line. You will also need link control steering arm ($15 & up) specific to your outboard engine to accept a flex cable and to turn the engine right or left.
Our Aluminium Central Console System can be installed on variety of watercrafts, such as aluminium jon boats, small fiberglass boats, inflatable RIB boats, inflatable boats with aluminium or plywood floor, and even on inflatable boats with high pressure drop-stitch air floors. It has adjustable height from 34" to 40" and can be easily installed or removed from boat.
An optional throttle control box can be attached directly to the side of our central console system. However, in our opinion, the throttle control is optional, because it's very easy to change the outboard engine speed by simply using the tiller handle.
90% of the time spent riding, you will be cruising at the same speed. For the most part, you only need to change throttle or reverse when you are leaving from or coming back to the dock, beach, etc. The adjustments in speed can be very easily made with the tiller handle of the outboard engine with a little bit of training. You can always stop the engine if needed by pulling the lanyard line or pressing the stop button on the tiller handle.
You can use our Central Console with existing seat benches or you can choose to install 7" boat seat pedestals that are sold on-line and in many retail stores such as Kmart, Wal-Mart and Outdoor World. A swivel base and boat fishing chair with back support can easily be installed on top of the boat seat pedestal. All that can be mounted directly on hard floor, on top of our single-seat platform, or on a piece of plywood placed on top of air deck floor of inflatable boat.
Please note that steering mechanism, wheel and cable are NOT included and must be purchased separately in a marine store or on-line.An Economy boat seat pedestal retails for around $12, a swivel base costs around $10, and fishing chair prices can vary depending on comfort level from $20 to $45. You will also need stainless steel mounting hardware. Bolts with round heads should be inserted in the boat's hard floor from the bottom up, so that the round head of the bolt does not puncture inflated boat bottom. For boats with inflatable air floors you will need to mount pedestal to rectangular piece of heavy-duty plywood with rounded and sanded edges placed across floor such way that edges are squeezed under tubes once fully inflated.
Central console can me mounted on top of plywood board cut to fit on top of air floor and to be squeezed in between tubes when they are fully inflated. Make sure that plywood board edges are sanded to remove sharp edges and use bots with round or flat heads inserted from bottom upward into the board. Cover heads of bolts with duct tape to prevent from cutting into air floor surface.
After trying this new system, you'll never go back to a regular plywood bench. Due to the fact that this system is mounted to the floor and not to the boat tubes, vibration and bumps during a choppy ride are significantly reduced.
Assembly of the complete steering console system, including installation of a rotary steering control is an easy do-it-yourself project. However, if DIY projects aren't your strong point, you can take it to the local marine mechanic or handyman to assemble.
Rotary steering systems are available on-line and in retail marine stores($119 & up). We recommend UFLEX Rotary Steering Systems with a 8' to 10' flex cable. You will also need a steering wheel ($25 & up) and link control steering arm ($26 & up) specific to your outboard engine to accept a flex cable and to turn the engine right or left.