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Old 12-31-2008, 08:57 PM
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Default stick steer panfish boats

im looking to buy a stick steer panfish boat because i like the ease of use. can anyone share their experiences whith owning one, what is the best brand, what is the best horse power.
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:32 PM
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Default RE: stick steer panfish boats

I have owned several older ones, Terry Bass, Rooster Craft, Collins Craft, They were all good boats. Didn't know they still allowed stick steering in boats, I loved it espically running in narrow and winding canals. The steering is so quick you can throw people out of the boat. Don't ask my how I know this, I just know this! We generally ran 65 merc's., they would run about 50 mph on a 14 foot boat.
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I've had 3 different stick boats they save on room in the boat and you don't have you get out of seat to fish. If your buying used don't spend the big money for a Tracker there are more choices. 16/17 ft only needs around a 30 hp if ya travel in twos...
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Old 01-01-2009, 09:52 AM
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An additional choice is to go the "microskiff" route. Check out these two sites for additional info, many of the little skiffs (particularly the gheenoes) are set up with stick steering today...

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our duck hunting mudboats were stick steer. And i do mean STICK steer! The rudder arm was connected to a piece of PVC pipe that lead to the seat in the middle of the boat. some people had 'fancy' Teleflex steering systems, but a $3 piece of 3/4" PVC worked fine.
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:58 AM
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Smile Stick Steering

I use Ezy Glide cable system now, but I am trying to convert Baystar hydraulic system to stick steering. It will require mounting helm 90 degres to plane of stick rotation, and 13:1 gearing. I wouldn't have any other steering system for jon boat used for fishing.
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