Many people gravitate towards steering systems with a forward wheel and controls simply because the system is similar to the way many other types of vehicles are operated. Once you’ve run a boat with a tiller outboard motor, however, you’ll quickly recognize that the benefits of a tiller steering system can be incredibly advantageous.
Major-league perks of running a Crestliner tiller boat
It takes several seconds to turn a steering wheel from lock to lock, but just a fraction of a second to push a tiller from one side to the other. That means the boat responds to your input almost instantaneously.
Tillers swing up so you can stand when you need enhanced visibility. This can be particularly important when operating in areas where rocks or logs may be lurking just below the surface.
Eliminating the forward or side console with a steering station also opens up more space in the boat.
The technique of back-trolling is much easier since the captain can sit right next to the motor (enjoying the enhanced control) while the entire forward section of the boat is accessible to the anglers.
A tiller fishing boat often costs slightly less than an identical model with forward controls, since cables, a throttle binnacle, and wheel aren’t necessary, nor does the manufacturer have to spend time installing them.
Tiller steered outboards are less prone to failure or problems and require less maintenance, since the additional complexities of control systems and components aren’t needed.
Easier to use
With the throttle and steering system integrated into the tiller arm and the shift level within easy reach at all times, a tiller boat can be operated with one hand. That means an angler can use his other hand to grab a fishing rod that just took a strike.
Will everyone who looks at Crestliner fishing boats opt for a tiller steer system? No. But for many boaters and especially for anglers, a tiller steered outboard may be exactly what you’re looking for to give you your best day on the water.