I have seastar on mine, the brand new design one with the new ram design. The old ones had a design flaw if you like that meant seals could fail prematurely, mines lasted 2 years for reference before it failed. I have read from 6 months upwards though so YMMV. You can't buy the seals to rebuild them here, they suggest you just buy a new ram here...... No thanks.... £££££££. Can buy rebuild kits in states or source your own seals.
Mines was under warranty so I got the new design with a cleaning seal effectively to stop dirt getting in when you use the steering. I think it is over 1k to buy and I don't think they are worth the money in terms of feel.
There is more or less the same play in my seastar that my non feedback helm had. Unfortunately, over 150hp or so there is little option but hydraulic.
I would just move whatever you need to and put the cable back on, 60hp is very easy to move about anyway. If you have excessive play then replace accordingly of course.
You are giving you self a lot of work when 15 mins will unbolt the engine, it is your money though