I have a leak in my help pump. So, I've been trying to figure out what I have. This was a project this weekend and on Monday no one was was open to ask (I have a call into Konrad to get info to cross reference their part numbers to Hynuatics)
Picture #1 - Helm pup is leaking (obviously!). Three line system with remote hydraulic reservoir.
Picture #2 - Pictures from the Konrad manual on how to bleed the lines, etc. From these pictures, my guess is that I have a Hynautic H-50 Helm Pump and and an Hynautic RV-55 or RV-55P Reservalve (reservoir). I can't figure out what the cylinder is but it's not leaking so I'm not too worried.
Options (from expensive to cheap):
1. Replace with Seastar (Hynautic H-50 Series Helms - The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum
). It turns out the H-50 was discontinued in 2010. Telefrex says the HH5273 is the direct replacement. No external reservoir would then be needed (online price $468)
2. Have a rebuild completed for $200. These guys (Troubleshoot - Hynautic Steering and all hydraulic steering needs
) claim it's not a DIY job!!!!
3. Buy a seal kit for $30, rebuild it myself, and see if that fixes everything. This guy says it's pretty easy and put together a great guide on how to do it:
Hydraulic Helm Rebuild
Any thoughts? Is this a DIY job? Unfortunately, the way Willard set up the boat, every time you lift the console, it leans back and rest on the steering wheel. I may have to figure out a way to support it from the front (a pole, my boat hook, etc.) so that there's no torque on the wheel/shaft when I'm in work on or just flushing the engine. Does anyone know whether using a remote reservoir and pressurizing it is a more robust system and would make steering easier that the newer systems w/o a reservoir?