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    My "new" 04' 26-Alaskan Hewescraft is a dual outboard, no kicker. (I don't even know if there would be room for one). How hard or expensive would it be to put a rear steering station on the boat? (it has Hydraulic steering).
    I think I will need this because I'll be trolling and sometimes drifting trying to keep the lines straight and stuff.
    Hike faster. I hear banjo music.

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    I imagine it'll be at least as much as a dedicated kicker, likely much more if you have someone do it. It's akin to having a mudroom added to a house, if they add it while they build it, not much more work. If you add one to an existing house, alot of work for a seemingly simple job.
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    • #3
      The helm unit should be aprox 350-400 bucks add some hoses and a steering wheel and your done. Mounting them is quite easy but hooking up the hoses tends to make a mess with hydro oil but a bag of oil diapers soaks it all up.
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        Helm unit

        Originally posted by potbuilder View Post
        The helm unit should be aprox 350-400 bucks add some hoses and a steering wheel and your done. Mounting them is quite easy but hooking up the hoses tends to make a mess with hydro oil but a bag of oil diapers soaks it all up.
        Sounds affordable PB, but any idea where to get them? I called West Marine and they said they did not stock them.
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        • #5
          ANother option...

          Another option would be to hook up an autopilot and use a wireless remote. The Garmin TR1 is a good option for this. Either the regular one, or if you decide you want the kicker you could get the gold version (for kickers). The only problem I would see is you would have to pick one of your motors to hook it up to and this one would have more hours.

          Just another option to consider.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by wildog View Post
            Sounds affordable PB, but any idea where to get them? I called West Marine and they said they did not stock them.
            Just call Fisheries Supply in Seattle and they will have everthing you need.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by potbuilder View Post
              Just call Fisheries Supply in Seattle and they will have everthing you need.
              Will do, Thanks!
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              • #8
                What?

                Another option would be to hook up an autopilot and use a wireless remote. The Garmin TR1 is a good option for this. Either the regular one, or if you decide you want the kicker you could get the gold version (for kickers). The only problem I would see is you would have to pick one of your motors to hook it up to and this one would have more hours.

                Aren't twin motors tied together to begin with??? They are on my boat. If you hook up an auto pilot to one, it should work on both, or am I missing something???

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 4whlr View Post
                  Another option would be to hook up an autopilot and use a wireless remote. The Garmin TR1 is a good option for this. Either the regular one, or if you decide you want the kicker you could get the gold version (for kickers). The only problem I would see is you would have to pick one of your motors to hook it up to and this one would have more hours.

                  Aren't twin motors tied together to begin with??? They are on my boat. If you hook up an auto pilot to one, it should work on both, or am I missing something???
                  He's saying if you troll--you only run one motor trolling so that one would have higher hours that it's twin.
                  The things is that there are times I will be going in forward and reverse to keep the lines straight down, for example fishing in 2000 feet of water for black cod, or drifting for halibut sometimes I use reverse.
                  Hike faster. I hear banjo music.

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