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snakeshooter1
10-06-2012, 08:23 PM
I have seen a picture of one, but never seen one up close. Howq do you drive a boat with stick steer. I am of course used to driving with steering wheel, but thinking of stick steer for the open cockpit.

Cray
10-06-2012, 08:43 PM
I have one and love it. You have a stick mounted on your left with throttle on right. Push stick forward to go right pull back to go left. Takes a little getting used to because it reacts a lot quicker than wheel steering. Can be kind of dangerous if your not careful but sure is nice to me because it reacts so quick you can steer around obsticals that you might hit otherwise. Depending on the boat it can be a rough ride sitting in front of boat sometimes but most newer stick steer boats aren't to bad in most water. I have run mine ( 17ft WarEagle ) in some pretty rough water and not been uncomfortable. Hope this helps some.

skeetbum
10-06-2012, 09:01 PM
Cray (Hi Charlie) has hit on most of the finer points but mine was a 16' bare bones model and the ride up front caused me some discomfort. I have lower back work done and don't do well with the bouncing in rougher water. Smooth to moderate water was no problem and light weight made towing a breeze. I miss my stick boat often fish bigger waters I would have another. I would like to spend a couple of days in a newer fiberglass model to see if they would be any better, and then I would have to re-think my current ride. 6 trips on 6 gallons was another plus, but the 25hp only ran about 22 on a good day so you had to plan your day closer to the nearest ramp or spend time running. I'd do it all over again.

Big H trucking
10-06-2012, 09:03 PM
With a stick bwahahaha

chucktx
10-06-2012, 10:11 PM
i loved mine....ya got everything ya need right there with you. no getting up to move around to get stuff......once ya sit down ya really dont need to move again. very stable also.

rnvinc
10-06-2012, 11:21 PM
My stick steer is a little unconventional as I custom built it to my preferred boat setup..(it keeps my floor completely open)..

push stick left..boat tracks right..
push stick right..boat tracks left..

Plus..I sit on the rear bench seat so I don't get pounded by being too far forward in the boat under way...

http://i477.photobucket.com/albums/rr134/rnvinc/IMG_3658.jpg

Rickie

shipahoy41
10-07-2012, 06:42 AM
Welcome from Alabama. Seems like you got some good advice here.

bluebonnet2
10-07-2012, 09:14 AM
good morning,

i have a royal 169ss and this is my second stick steer boat....i wanted one with everything as close as possible for comfort, plus being able to see where i'm going...i was tired of looking over a console or using a boat cushion to sit on...plus the seat on mine are extremly comfortable..if you have back issues, take a look....Cray hit the high points about the steering procedures and it really easy with a bit of practice..

this boats turns extreme quick because it is a v stepped pad boat...LOVING IT!!!!

http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr146/bluebonnet2_photos/005-1.jpg

http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr146/bluebonnet2_photos/006-1.jpg

http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr146/bluebonnet2_photos/DSC04020.jpg

if you want a ride, let me know.....

PURA VIDA,
bluebonnet2

kycreek
10-07-2012, 09:19 AM
That has to be a very comfortable boat to fish out of. Sharp ride. I like it.

efdavis
10-07-2012, 09:23 AM
Thought I would never have one but would have nothing else.
Not hard to get the hang and if by yourself nice and convient.
As you get older as I have you will understand.

Charliee
10-07-2012, 12:25 PM
I just bought myself a Sea Ark McCrappie II . It is a 15 ft aluminum stick steer boat. I love it. Have not been able to fish it yet but did manage to take it on a shakedown cruise. This is the first stick steer boast I have ever owned. It was easy to drive and will be very convienient to fish out of. I cannot wait till I can put it in the water at my camp and fish out of it.

TigerFanatic1
10-07-2012, 12:50 PM
Great advice on this topic. I wanted stick steer, but I have young kids and am not fond of them being behind me while I am running.

feeshrman
10-07-2012, 07:16 PM
that's the sharpest lookin' sticksteer i've ever seen. VERY NICE!
good morning,

i have a royal 169ss and this is my second stick steer boat....i wanted one with everything as close as possible for comfort, plus being able to see where i'm going...i was tired of looking over a console or using a boat cushion to sit on...plus the seat on mine are extremly comfortable..if you have back issues, take a look....Cray hit the high points about the steering procedures and it really easy with a bit of practice..

this boats turns extreme quick because it is a v stepped pad boat...LOVING IT!!!!

http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr146/bluebonnet2_photos/005-1.jpg

http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr146/bluebonnet2_photos/006-1.jpg

http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr146/bluebonnet2_photos/DSC04020.jpg

if you want a ride, let me know.....

PURA VIDA,
bluebonnet2

tnriverluver
10-07-2012, 07:22 PM
Love that Royal!!! Where did you purchase that boat if you don't mind me asking. Never seen or heard of that brand but now I am interested. Their site only shows one dealer in Ala.

bluebonnet2
10-08-2012, 06:48 AM
good morning,

thats where i got it .... 600 miles over and 600 miles back(wonderful 3 day trip for me)...600 miles isn't much since i live in TEXAS...LOL....if you like call matt at boyds marine and tell him gary sent you...they are nice people...or call or pm me for more details....903 240 5081...

YOU WON't BE DISAPOINTED!!!

PURA VIDA,
bluebonnet2

slabseeker1
10-13-2012, 05:08 PM
The best option on my stick steer are my grandkids103614

snakeshooter1
10-13-2012, 08:27 PM
Thanks Guys for all the information!!! Y'all definately have me thinking on it hard now. It will be spring before I can buy it, so I have plenty of time to think on it some more.