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I'd point out that having the outboard steered by the tiller is pretty common on a lot of boats.
For instance, my boat has a pin in the tiller stock that can be put in to connect the tiller to the outboard and steer both the rudder and outboard. Vectored thrust makes for better handling.
On my friend's Iroquois, I jury rigged something that allowed us to steer the 15 HP outboard using the tiller so that it would be more maneuverable under power. Due to the twin rudder design on the Iroquois, all it took was an eyebolt and a length of line.
The Gemini catamarans, one of which I sail on quite frequently, have an inboard engine with a saildrive leg that acts much like an outboard and it is steerable as well. In fact, the jury rig modification I used on the Iroquois was based on how the Gemini steers the saildrive leg.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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