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Old 20 February 2005, 11:42   #1
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Hydraulic steering

so a nice rib yesteraday or the day before with a 150HPdI on but with cable steering. Very hard work. What type of budget is needed to make life easier with hydraulic steering?
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Old 20 February 2005, 12:02   #2
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I paid 400 for mine, Vetus steering system from www.bosunsmate.co.uk
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Ps very easy to fit & is brill to use
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Old 20 February 2005, 15:45   #3
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Baystar does an all inclusive kit for 400.
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Is hydraulic steering significantly better than "no feedback" steering?
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Most leisure users with engines over about 100hp prefer hydraulic (unless your ambition is to look like Popeye ). Have a look at this thread.
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Is hydraulic steering significantly better than "no feedback" steering?
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Old 23 February 2005, 03:25   #7
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Hydraulic Steering

Hi -

One more question on hydraulic steering, my current cable steering is plush and easy going slow to mid speed, but at max speed it barely moves. Why does that happen and would hydraulic steering help maintain the same effort to turn the wheel throughout the different speeds?

Thanks for any advise and info!

I have a Yamaha 115hp 4-stroke on a Zodiac 650.
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Old 23 February 2005, 07:26   #8
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Hydraulic steering is a must. For durability, ease of maintenance etc. The only fault I have ever had was a leaking coupling caused by poor initial fitting by by previous Rib Builder, where at full lock the coupling was against the engine mounts. Baystar or SeaStar I prefer. Anything over 115hp I think the recommendation is SeaStar.
At high speeds there is much more force on the outboard so it is a bit harder to turn but nothing major. I do not really notice any difference with my set up. Very easy to steer at slow and high speed.
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Having drivin a few ribs in the past ranging from 5.5 up to 8.5 metre and 150 hp to 250hp I found that the anti feed back steering would be my choice over the hydraulic steering and , the reason being no.1 when using hydraulic you seem to have a lot more right to left hand movement when correcting the boat off a wave and over long distance cruising it can get sickening. no.2 hydraulic is more expensive and you have to check and change the oil too!!!!!.I am not saying hycraulic is a bad way to go just that i would go for anti feed back any day.
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