Martin 16: Tractor Steering

For those sailors who have difficulty with the standard Martin 16 joystick steering, a “tractor” steering option can be installed. This system was designed by Gene Hinkel. two small metal guide boxes are fixed to the outside of the front seat. These remain in place and out of the way regardless of which steering system is used. To switch to tractor steering, the metal steering posts are insert into these guide boxes with a single pivot bolt. Then move the steering control lines under the seat from the standard joystick to the bottom of each steering post.

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The system can be replicated by Gene’s welder for approximately $750 (in 2023). For more information contact Gene Hinkel at [email protected]