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    What is currently the lowest horsepower outboard that can be set up for remote steering, plus throttle and shift control? Has anyone made a kit to provide these features on a conventional 4 to 9.9 horsepower outboard? I think that steering would be easy - using the old steering cables and pulleys system - but the throttle and shift is the problem. I'm using a 14' O'day Javelin hull to build a simple pond and river cruiser - and forward controls would make it a tad more "elegant."

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    Re: Smallest Outboard set up for remote steering and control

    find yourself a vintage 5.5hp/7.5/or 10 hp motor. the other stuff is available and easy to set up. jmo
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      Re: Smallest Outboard set up for remote steering and control

      look for the steering connection point under the front, there will be a threaded hole where the steering rod goes.

      I would "think" 25hp is about the smallest you will find with it unless you go to a vintage motor as mentioned. this is because I think the older motors had them on as low as 5hp I think but im not sure on that.

      the main problem with doing as you want is new controls & cables will cost a pretty penny and could range to $300-$400 and the steering and console another $300 so that "sticker shock" scares most people away from such ideas.
      Last edited by limitout; October 17th, 2013, 11:22 AM.

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        Re: Smallest Outboard set up for remote steering and control

        A late model OMC 9.9 will meet your requirements. I used to have a Johnson 6 and I think that would as well, but I don't own it any more so I can't check.

        A used shift box can be had on ebay for less that $50, and new cables will run you about $15 each. You need to measure for the cables and order the correct length.

        I bought a brand new cable/pulley steering "kit" for less than $100 a few years ago. It included everything including the wheel, helm and cable fittings. Some here will tell you that's not a good system, but we used them for a gazillion years without any issues. Certainly a 9.9 would work perfectly and safely. If you go with a more "modern" system it'll run in the $300+ range.
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          Re: Smallest Outboard set up for remote steering and control

          My 9.8 Merc is set up with electric start and steering on my Wooster Hellion project. bought it that way. factory steering bracket bolts to two bosses under the tiller arm bracket.

          A new teleflex helm steering assembly is about $109
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            Re: Smallest Outboard set up for remote steering and control

            Stick steer is easy to make at home.
            Either Hydraulic Ram or "Stiff Rod and Bellcrank.
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            I have a set of Throttle/Shift cables with the ends, in my Barn I'll never use. $15 and you pay the shipping.
            They were for an OMC, and about 15' long.
            Last edited by hogg; October 17th, 2013, 12:11 PM.

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            • #7
              Re: Smallest Outboard set up for remote steering and control

              The 8 hp Tohatsu, Mercury, Nissan and Evinrude are all adaptable.
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                Re: Smallest Outboard set up for remote steering and control

                Originally posted by TOHATSU GURU View Post
                The 8 hp Tohatsu, Mercury, Nissan and Evinrude are all adaptable.
                Does that include the current models? When you say adaptable, are you talking about aftermarket kits? 8 hp is "overkill" for the little boat I'm working with, but the remote steering/controls would allow me to move forward to balance the weight of the motor and gas tank - so the added hp probably wouldn't be a problem. Do any of the motors you mentioned have electric start - to complete the "remote" transition?

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                  Re: Smallest Outboard set up for remote steering and control

                  Yes

                  OEM kits

                  Yes
                  Elvin
                  My answers are like Zen...It may not be the answer you want, but it is generally the answer you need.

                  The 3 Rules:

                  1) Look in your service manual first...Then ask me if it is correct.
                  2) Understand that your desire to repair your engine does not mean that you have the ability to do so.
                  3) If you are confused, take your engine into a dealer..Then let them be confused...At least, in theory, they sent someone to outboard 101.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Smallest Outboard set up for remote steering and control

                    Whatever append to Hodaka?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Smallest Outboard set up for remote steering and control

                      Originally posted by JimS123 View Post
                      I bought a brand new cable/pulley steering "kit" for less than $100 a few years ago. It included everything including the wheel, helm and cable fittings. Some here will tell you that's not a good system, but we used them for a gazillion years without any issues. Certainly a 9.9 would work perfectly and safely. If you go with a more "modern" system it'll run in the $300+ range.
                      I love those old cable systems but didn't know they still sold them, we had em for years and other then a little stretching they never had an issue, well except fishing lines getting tangled in it but that's fisherman error lol.

                      Originally posted by crackerboy View Post
                      Does that include the current models? When you say adaptable, are you talking about aftermarket kits? 8 hp is "overkill" for the little boat I'm working with, but the remote steering/controls would allow me to move forward to balance the weight of the motor and gas tank - so the added hp probably wouldn't be a problem. Do any of the motors you mentioned have electric start - to complete the "remote" transition?
                      in your case I suggest you follow hogs advice and look into buying or making a cable style stick steer system like for mud boats and such so you don't need anything for a steering wheel because it just bolts to the side rails

                      in reality it doesn't have to be a "steering ready" motor, all you need is a flat spot under the front of motor to drill and tap a hole for a mounting bolt or find a way to clamp a bracket or u-bolt onto it, then connect any steering system you want to it
                      Last edited by limitout; October 18th, 2013, 02:49 PM.

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                        Re: Smallest Outboard set up for remote steering and control

                        the pre 1972 mercury 3.9hp could be fitted for remote control

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