|United States Patent||3,807,345|
|Peterson||April 30, 1974|
A foot-operated mechanism for controlling both the speed and steering of a trolling motor which may be operated by one foot and conserves the available stored electrical power of a fishing boat. A pivotal foot lever is connected with the trolling motor in such a manner that the steering of the motor is accomplished by a rocking or pivotal action of the lever by a pivot action of the ankle of the operator, and the speed of the trolling motor is controlled by a substantially horizontal sliding motion of the foot which is pivoted from the knee of the operator, thus permitting control of the steering and speed of the motor by nonconflicting motions of the foot whereby the speed and steering may be controlled either simultaneously or independently.
|Inventors:||Peterson; Glen (Tulsa, OK)|
|Filed:||January 20, 1972|
|Current U.S. Class:||440/7 ; 114/153; 440/53; 74/512|
|Current International Class:||B63H 21/22 (20060101); B63H 21/00 (20060101); B63h 021/26 ()|
|Field of Search:||115/18R,18E 114/153,144A 74/512,560,561,514 200/86.5|