My biggest complaint with my 220 is the height of the steering wheel it was killing my back crouching over to drive my boat on long trips. I’m 6 1” so I would say average height I guess. I’m not sure if it’s just a bad design or they designed it lower to accommodate larger MFD’s. Or left over from the days of the lower pedestal seats but I think the console was redesigned from the 218 I’m not sure if this would have been an issue on that model. So the only way. I could think of to solve this issue was to add an extension to the steering wheel. I searched the web and could not find anything I liked. I found a few but they were more geared more towards a racing application and made of aluminum. So I had to make one myself out of 316 stainless. I started out with 41/2” long that felt good but it looked funny and I was afraid of adding to much stress to the tilt mechanisms on the helm. 2” long ended up being the sweet spot. It feels much better to drive now. I can even sit on the leaning post and reach the wheel now. Below are pictures one with the 4 1/2 length also.
My Dad was 6’4”. My brother and most of my cousins are taller than I do I always just thought I was just average my wife also disagrees with that also. Anyway here are more photos. Of my home made steering wheel extension.
It doesn’t obstruct the MFD any worse than before extending. Standing in looking over the top of the wheel with the wheel tilted 3/4 of the way up. Sitting the wheel is tilted all the way down. It blocks the view of the very bottom but not enough to annoy me. The last picture is before I shortened it to 2”. The first two pictures are how it is now.
I actually have long arms. Maybe on the other models the console is different. Or maybe it’s just me. I had to drive my brother-in-laws proline back in on a rough day . I could hardly walk for a few days from leaning over to steer it or maybe it was the pounding we took that day. My sailfish doesn’t pound nowhere near as bad as that boat did.
I am 6' and I have never had an issue with the wheel position, as its tilt-able. My son and my friends have driven my boat, and they vary from 5'6" to 6' 2", and we all adjust the tilt on the wheel until it feels ergonomically correct for our individual postures.
mdebonis11: specifically in 241cc model
Jan 15, 2021 8:57:40 GMT -5
edkath: What is the common width used for boat lift bunks for a 2019 Sailfish 245 DC?
Feb 1, 2021 16:56:31 GMT -5
fishnfool: ed you might try posting this up top for better visibility.
Feb 5, 2021 13:11:04 GMT -5
gig3: Hello, Seaman Rich, in central Florida just purchase a 1996 17'-6" CC Sailfish and looking for advise and knowledge from all.
Feb 8, 2021 16:51:48 GMT -5
fishnfool: Welcome Rich. Congrats!
Feb 9, 2021 21:08:45 GMT -5
finatic: Closing in on 700 nice, minus one we lost one.
Mar 1, 2021 12:08:52 GMT -5
rjkuenning: Hello, My name is Bob and I am purchasing a new 2021 245DC. I boat in the Cleawater Florida area.
Mar 2, 2021 16:10:46 GMT -5
fishnfool: Hi Bob, welcome and congrats. Posting up top in the forums will get more visibility. I lived in Seminole as a kid when my dad was stationed at MacDill. Good memories of pier and beach fishing.
Mar 2, 2021 17:32:44 GMT -5
finatic: One more to hit 700, who we could of thought.
Mar 6, 2021 15:33:50 GMT -5
finatic: One more to go to hit 700 members who would have thought
Mar 6, 2021 15:34:23 GMT -5