Originally Posted by timebandit
Conecting the two will ensure the rudder does not get eaten by the prop.
I must admit that I have never really understood why people find this to be an issue. :-(
Our outboard has a simple stiff plastic plate (with rounded edges of course) bolted to the top of the inside "wing" on the outboard leg. With this set-up there is no way
the rudder can ever
reach the prop and is so simple it beggars belief as to why it's not common practice the world over...
FWIW, we alway use the rudder to steer our little Hartley. The outboard tiller is only ever used for tight manouevering near the dock and as a fine adjustment to keep the boat straight under power. Reverse is crap, but you get used to that.