I'm in the market for a new boat soon and am curious about the benefits/drawbacks of surface drive boats that have tiller handle steering vs. ones with a hydrolic steering wheel installed onto a center console. I would prefer the center console option, however, I am wondering what peoples experiences have been with these in the past. I can only imagine the tiller handle option would give you better leverage in sticky situations, with less expensive parts parts to worry about breaking... but the center console variation would be much more comfortable for long runs. What's your experience with these two steering types?
The boat I have in mind is the Cottonmouth Boats XLR8