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Old 11 November 2004, 08:21   #1
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Hydraulic steering choices

HELP - have to decide on hydraulic or manual steering - have been told the "no feedback" unit will handle a 225 2stroke but after doing a search on ribnet most people prefer hydraulic.

I see Vetus do quite a cost effective solution and most of their stuff is very good.

How many turns lock to lock do people advise? With cars I prefer as little as possible - a car with about 2 turns lock to lock is great to drive.

I notice with the Vetus unit the 150hp version has 2.1 turns whilst the 300hp version has 4.2 - possibly the same unit revalved or geared?

Also the outboard will be on a transom jack with 10" setback - will this cause probs fitting the steering?
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Old 11 November 2004, 08:43   #2
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Can only recommend what I have direct experience of - Seastar hydraulic!

My dad reckons there are three things you really cannot afford to scrimp on with a car - tyres, brakes and steering - as their operation is essential for safe driving. I reckon the same is true of a boat (but I guess the tyres would be replaced by the hull and the steering acts as a brake too! ).

IIRC you're getting a brand new big boat (8m ish?) - so why cut corners? You're already spending thousands - what difference would a few hundred quid make?

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codporn's steerin

r u a man or a mouse?

use a tiller!!!
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Hi Codprawn
there is a interesting article in this months Sportsboat and Rib magazine
it may even be on their website
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There are 2 issues in hydraulic steering that I can think of:
1) Damage a hydraulic pipe whilst out and you're fecked (Drop an anchor on it or something), a cable will most probably still work, at least enough to get you home, or is capable of being jury rigged
2) The helm units leak back slightly, that means even in a straight line you will gradually be having to turn the wheel.
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There are 2 issues in hydraulic steering that I can think of:
1) Damage a hydraulic pipe whilst out and you're fecked (Drop an anchor on it or something), a cable will most probably still work, at least enough to get you home, or is capable of being jury rigged
2) The helm units leak back slightly, that means even in a straight line you will gradually be having to turn the wheel.
Feck me, Nobba... how do you anchor? Hurling yer anchor at the blunt end isn't a recognised way of doing it ya know?...
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Clearly, I put my 'ribsters' thinking cap on when writing that. Us 'Ardbooters don't need anchors, cos we never use our boats!
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Our last RIB was fitted with a 135 Optimax, when we first got it had no feed back cable steering which was admittedly a couple of years old. Then we upgraded to hydraulic steering the boat was transformed, the boat was a pleasure to drive to start with but after the upgrade could take it out all day and still move your arms and shoulders the next day ! I do agree with the downside you mention of the slight drift over time when trying to head dead straight, but in practice I have found it to be only slight and you quickly learn to compensate for it automatically. I have fitted hydraulic steering to our new boat and would thoroughly recommend it. HTH

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Ask how easy "no feed back" is on a 250 Suzi...... Ian?.. Ian? .. He's begining to look a bit like Popeye these days...

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