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Old 02 June 2003, 10:17   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: winchester
Boat name: Pilchard
Make: Ribcraft
Engine: Merc 90 4s
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hydraulic steering

My boat has a (very) basic cable steering system which can become tiring over any period of time (especially for my wife). Can anyone recommend any particular brand of hydraulic steering and how much should I budget (including fitting)? Does 'no feedback' steering achieve the same result? ..... advice, please.

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Old 02 June 2003, 11:15   #2
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Ben, speak with Lee Fairweather in Fareham for an honest answer. Hydraulic steering is brill though and i wouldn't be without it. Although for explorers like Alan Priddy in far off locations I can follow the logic in having something very simple like a cable.


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Old 02 June 2003, 15:53   #3
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hydraulis is definatly the best but is expensive, I think and sure many others will that sea star is one of the best. I have this on a couple of RIBs and it is great.

However, I did fit no feed back to a 135hp Optimax a while back and it was a big improvement on standard cable, it is still going strong.

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Old 02 June 2003, 16:12   #4
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I have got "Sea star" on the Yam 200hpdi and "Bay Star" on the Yam 100, both are excellent.

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Old 03 June 2003, 02:31   #5
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The only system to use is baystar if under 150hp or seastar if over 150hp

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Old 03 June 2003, 05:06   #6
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Seastar for me as well on the raceboat - they do a standard version and a pro version - you won't need the pro unless you going racing!

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