It used to be that anglers who prefer tiller-control over a steering wheel were limited to outboards up to 40 horsepower. Then, when manufacturers brought out tiller-control outboards in the 75- to 90-horsepower class, it opened a whole new world of big water and distant hotspots.
Now, Mercury has flung that door wide open with its introduction of the Big Tiller. Designed for outboards up to 250 horsepower, it gives stern drivers opportunities for more power and bigger boats to go faster and farther than ever before.
The new handle adapts to 75- to 115-horsepower Mercury four-strokes, 75- to 250-horsepower OptiMax engines and 135- to 200-horsepower four-cylinder Verado engines with SmartCraft Digital Throttle & Shift.
Hydraulic power steering on tillers for outboards over 90-horsepower (a recommended option for those from 75 to 90) features a micro-switch in the handle that allows fingertip control and zero engine-torque feedback. In addition, shift, engine trim and engine rpm controls are all integrated and within easy access. Plus, the arm can be lifted and locked into one of five positions for fishing convenience and trailering.
Confirmed tiller drivers should check this out at the local dealership.