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Old 26 October 2012, 06:57   #1
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Cable Steering - Is NFB worth it?

I am in need of a little help here as a relative novice to boating. I recently bought a Zodiac 530 Pro (1988) with a Mariner 75 (3 cyl 2 st) from some old friends. I knew the boat was generally in good nick (well cared for, tubes replaced 6 years ago, always storred indoors etc) and I trust the previous owners, however i also knew it needed a little work. On the first outing it became apparent that the steering needs replaced as its stiff as hell. My question (finally) is........Is NFB steering worth it on boats this size and power? Is there any real advantages or disadvantages over standard cables or is it a preference thing?

I'm also looking to replace the whole lot, cable, helm, wheel etc and noticed Multiflex kits on ebay, from reputable suppliers are pretty qood value. Does anybody have any direct experience with them? Are they worth considering?

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Old 26 October 2012, 08:57   #2
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Welcome to the forums,

There are lots of advantages, best of all is that locks the steering wheel where you left it disregarded, with standard steering cables the engine will tend to veer boat to a side and boater will need to constant correct course with wheel.

Assume arm fatigue when boating for long hours, worst with powerful engine. NFB steering do cost more than standard, but is worth it. There are different models to choose from.

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Fitted NFB unit to my 115hp , well worth the extra !
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Thanks......

Thanks all for the comments. I've just ordered a Teleflex NFB from ebay. Not a bad price at about 163, inc helm, cable and new wheel. I just have the scary bit now when I tell the missus that I've spent even more on the boat .
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Phill you havent spent more on the boat you have made it safer and easier for her to drive
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Phill you havent spent more on the boat you have made it safer and easier for her to drive
Hi Phil
,,,,,,,, or that you have saved 's by not buying hydraulic

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Well that went well. Her response was "hmm.... Sounds like a good idea". Will probably cost me in tomorrows shopping trip though.
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