1. How many turns lock to lock should a typical system have?
3.5 is good. I was driving a large Ribcraft with a 4.5 turn lock on it this weekend and it was a bugger to park. I much prefer the more responsive systems when out in the water also
2. Would a "quick turn" helm require more input effort from the steering and how much more?
Your'e a big lad so don't worry. Even cable steering on an Opti 150 doesn't take much effort to turn
I ask because I have an option on a high displacement vetus helm with a smaller cylinder. Standard system is 5.5 turns from port-starboard with the new helm it's 3.5 turns.
4. Views on Baystar, Hydrive, and Vetus units?
don't know Hydrive. Never had any problems with Baystar and Vetus kit is always well made! In theory there ain't a lot to go wrong on a Hydraulic steering ram if it's well made and properly installed.. I am sure your experienced eye can tell you if it's made right!
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