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Old 25 April 2005, 17:01   #1
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Lock to Lock

I'm going the hydraulic route on steering and have the following questions before I buy.

1. How many turns lock to lock should a typical system have?

2. Would a "quick turn" helm require more input effort from the steering and how much more?

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.

3. What typical material are the cylinders, Alloy or SS?

4. Views on Baystar, Hydrive, and Vetus units?

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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.

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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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Stu, thanks! I was concerned about the weight of the steering, not for me but for my daughter or someone of a lesser stature.

Got that design for your dash yet? I'm of to China in 2 weeks and might have some free time before to come up with something?
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I much prefer a "quick rack" - I chose NOT to go with the vetus because - for a 225hp they were only available in 5.5 turns
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yeh, but the Vetus one I was looking at was the 175hp rated kit, but vetus had a back order of the helms but had the 300hp rated one on the shelf which is a higher capacity pump and hence a quicker lock to lock than the standard 5.5 one.
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Just to update a little.

After phoning around I found that the Baystar unit has recently been upgraded and is offered as a Baystar Plus system. I have been told it has a modified Alloy helm insted of the plastic one and has 7 pistons insted of the 5. The "link" Ram has been replaced by a "bull horn" cylinder of the equal pressure type. I think this is a good move on the Baystar front and will be investing in one of these in the near future.

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