I just bought this boat this week. My first question is about the steering console. The prior owner never installed a steering wheel and just used tiller steering. I would like to find a mid 50s 15 HP Evinrude Fastwin and the apropriate steering wheel, controls, cables, pulleys etc. Has anyone ever seen a console like this? Am I supposed to drill through it, or mount something below it to attach the wheel?
C, Good Find, CONGRATS, These SIDE MOUNTS are quite common for AL boats under 16 ft. May find a set up in a salvage or marina yard.
Otherwise a small hydro-plane racer hub mount should work for ya. Usually three bolts , the pully could stand off the wood dash board. If you are desired for a dual pully system,(?) the left feed will loop back on the right then back to the left corner in the rear across the transom..! I would go with a newer single teleflex cable system , Gear or rack up under the dash board.. Lets us know what you find.. Latest & more expensive, easy to install may be the hydraulic system for your layout. ?
I heard from someone in the Trailorboat family that they did not supply these boats with the side console, but they may have added it as a special order. I was told by the previous owner who bought it from the grandson of the original owner that it came this way from the factory, and steering was never installed. Why would someone order it and then not use it? I am now considering removing the console and staying with tiller steering. Does anyone recognize the trailer?
Sure, it's the long tubular metal 'chassis' under the boat. You know the fiddly bit w/ the 2 large rubber tires.............
Sorry, ^^^^, can't help id the trailer, but not much to go on in that 1 pix. Might try more shots showing a better view of the trailer..
Maybe someone ordered the side console at a dealer, then never picked it up? If it's as old as it looks, I suspect the console was installed at the dealer, not the factory. Wasn't lighting & motors (probably steering too) done at the dealer upon delivery to them. Not at the factory?
That's why 2 boats of the same make, model & year often have different original steering wheels and nav lighting then others.
I would stick with the steering console that you have, and look for a wheel and the hardware to make it work. I feel that this adds alot of character to your boat, and I like the look.
I'm sticking with the console and looking for a steering wheel, a mid 50s 15HP motor, controls, etc. It looks like the inside of the boat was originally blue, the gunwhales were red at one time, I'm thinking about stripping them and doing a wood finish.
I live in San Quentin, about a mile from the Trailorboat factory. The fact that it is a locally made boat is one of the reasons that I bought it. I have a 14 ft. Fiberglass Trailorboat also.