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Old 08 January 2004, 08:54   #11
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I made a similar inquiry on this discussion board and received a fair bit of useful info - use the search facility - hudraulic steering.

I had a quote from www.europemarine.co.uk for a unit to fit a 5.5m rib of 265.99 + vat which seemed pretty good to me.

I am going to fit it in the next month or so.
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Old 08 January 2004, 14:26   #12
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Not to negate anything which has been said here, but your mechanical steering should not be particularly heavy. You should be able to drive one handed whilst controlling the throttle with out problem. I have done this for many years using a twin cable system.
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Old 08 January 2004, 15:00   #13
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is there nobody in the South Hams worth recommending
I haven't used them myself, but Reddish Marine in Salcombe are well respected in the area.
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Dan's tip of the day would be...


...make sure you get the pipes the right way round, else turn left and guess which way you don't go Guess who did that!
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Old 08 January 2004, 20:49   #15
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Richard - Thinking about getting the power bleeding system for the Seastar / Baystar system, so I might be able to help you out.

Going off to France on Saturday for a week - send me an email or PM the week after and I'll help if I can!
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Old 10 January 2004, 10:50   #17
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Not to negate anything which has been said here, but your mechanical steering should not be particularly heavy. You should be able to drive one handed whilst controlling the throttle with out problem. I have done this for many years using a twin cable system.
I do agree. And I was happy to go along with the buiders recommendation not to bother with hydraulics at the time of purchase when I suggested I might want it! But the reality is different, which is why I mentioned earlier that it may simply be a poor installation (cable too short/radius too small??) But even having said that it would have to be improved an awful lot to allow steering one handed. Im not sure I would be able to turn the boat at all, certainly not without huge effort, whilst keeping a hand free for the throttle. (I said earlier I was no lightweight.... Im 6'2 and over twenty stone!!!..... and yes..... I know I need a bigger boat )

So having listened to all the comments I think Im going to have to get it changed.... Thanks all for your help

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it would have to be improved an awful lot to allow steering one handed. Im not sure I would be able to turn the boat at all, certainly not without huge effort
My last two engines have been 115hp and were fitted with good quality, heavy duty, No Feed Back systems from Nautequip chandlery in Hartlebury, Worcs. (about 90). A ten year old can steer my boat, one handed, quite easily so I think that either your system is faulty, either in the cable,engine swivel mount or steering head, or you need the Atkins diet.

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Richard

It's a shame that you have left it so long, but even so it is still less than a year old and should be under warranty.

A RIB your size should not need hydraulic steering. Some might prefer a hydraulic system, but a properly installed no-feedback cable system should be completely adequate.

From your description it sounds like it is not properly set up. I would take the boat back to the dealer and ask them in a fairly robust way to sort the problem out.

Let us know what happens and if they are unhelpful we'll suggest some ideas for plan B. Needlessly spending several hundred pounds extra should be a last resort -- I'm assuming that you haven't got unlimited funds as you'd probably have a bigger boat!

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