Hey all, I just wanted to share a little about my latest project. I love to work on things and I have a self proclaimed doctorate in “rigging” on the cheap.
I have a 1236 Jon that has been powered by a 4hp. It was better than a paddle and would push the boat ok but didn’t quite cut it for any more of a load than my lard on the back bench. Just my luck my aunt up-powered her small skiff and no longer needed her 4stroke 8hp Yamaha. I told her that I would be glad to give it a new home.
Just one problem, her skiff was a remote steer and I need a tiller. Price for a conversion tiller is about $300-$400 and I don’t have the extra cash – hence the DIY thread.
Note the rusted frozen power tilt motor in red which was another reason she wanted to get rid of this unit.
It took about 20 minutes to build a stand for the motor from some scraps that I had around the garage.
The tilt was frozen in the down position. The lower unit was not able to be tilted any because the electric motor part of the trim assembly protruded through the frame of the transom mount blocking much of any movement. I used my favorite tools (hammer, chisel and drill) to remove enough of the tilt motor to raise the lower unit and pull the pins to the ram.
The plan is to leave the tilt function detached. I fish and hunt in very shallow areas and want the motor to lift freely when I hit rocks or other objects under water.
I had about 5 or 6 wires that were not connected to anything. The Tiller from Yamaha comes with a wire harness to connect all of these. I downloaded a service manual from http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/%20...%20aintenance
for a little under $15. Excellent purchase!
Wired up a small ignition switch that I took off an old lawn mower and she fired up first turn of the key.