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Do I need a tiller handle for my outboard?

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Do I need a tiller handle for my outboard?

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If you are in the market for a new outboard you will quickly discover there are five main options to consider.  Horse power, trim, steering, start and shaft length. As to steering, the option is whether or not you want a boat tiller handle.  The answer will depend on how you plan to use your motor.

First off, let’s answer a basic question. What is a tiller handle? defines a tiller handle as “a bar or lever fitted to the head of a rudder, for turning the rudder in steering.” While this definition is very basic, it does convey the main idea of the tiller handle, steering.

Tiller Handle vs Steering Wheel, which is better?
40hp wTiller Jet Mudbum FW LF 2019 18 Sport 400 CC centre console with Bay Star hydraulic steeringA tiller handle will enhance the steering control on your motor.  Many boaters are accustomed to a steering wheel when it comes to maneuvering a boat but often times a tiller will get you more control.  Boat tiller handles are traditionally known for steering smaller outboards but now we are seeing them on larger horse power motors.  In fact, Mercury Marine offers their newest tiller handle on motors 115 hp and higher. 


Tiller handles have come a long way as to control and convenience. Newer models offer the ability to swap the shift handle to either side of the tiller, and to reverse the throttle grip rotation to the boater’s preference. Boaters can also adjust the handle’s vertical angle through an auto tilt lock system. The newest Mercury tiller even has Mercury Troll Control, which allows the boater to dial in precise trolling speeds by tapping a button to increase or decrease speed in 10 rpm increments. Additionally,  an Integrated Engine Warning Display is available which includes visual and audible warnings for engine oil, temperature, electrical and faults. You can also opt for a heated grip that offers three levels of heat for cold weather conditions.

Do you want a tiller handle on your outboard?
You typically see tiller handle motors on fishing boats.  The accuracy and quick response is right at your finger tips. If your intent is to cruise, tube or ski with your boat, a steering wheel is the way to go.

If you have decided to buy a tiller handle outboard, you will find great deals at US Boatworks.  Our prices are the best in town and our service and knowledge can not be beat.  Here is our current line up of tiller handle motors in stock.

Mercury 9.9, Manual Start, Long Shaft, Tiller Mercury 9.9hp

Mercury 9.9 Electric Start, Short Shaft, Tiller

Mercury 9.9 Electric Start, Long Shaft, Tiller

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If we don’t have what you are looking for, we can get you the exact outboard to meet your needs in about 3 days.